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Pregnancy Update #4: New Year, New Pregnancy Adventures

4 Comments 04 January 2011

I am inspired and excited about this new year! So much to look forward to…

A Summary of My First Pregnancy:

During my first pregnancy, I was completely engrossed – obsessed – with home birth.

I devoured information and took the preparation process pretty seriously.

Visits with my midwife were always the highlight of my month, and reading Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth was truly inspiring, solidifying my growing passion.

Along the way I worked as a receptionist at my mom’s hair salon. I walked to and from work every day, (about a mile) and received prenatal massages every two weeks.

Eric and I took an independent childbirth education class taught by the doula we hired…

And that was the bulk of how I spent my first pregnancy.

Things I Want to Do This Time Around:

There is so much I want to do during this pregnancy that I didn’t do last time!

I want to take a prenatal yoga class, I want to swim, I want to get a belly cast and a henna design on my belly. I want to have a blessingway rather than a baby shower.

I’ve started a pregnancy journal, which I didn’t do last time, and have already taken more pictures of my early growing belly than before.

I also have many more mom friends. Probably because I was 23 and not many of my friends had babies yet! Now I have a strong network, offline and online with the Bring Birth Home community on Facebook!

Sometimes I stop and wonder why I didn’t do these things with Ella. Honestly, I didn’t even think about it. I felt like getting ready for birth – learning about birth and gaining an understanding about my own personal power was enough (it was a lot actually).

I’m 14 weeks today. What an exciting time ahead. I have so much to look forward to!

Thanks for reading! My first prenatal appointment with our with midwife we so love is Thursday. Can’t wait to update/take photos to share! :)

Have you read Pregnancy Update #3?

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4 Comments so far

  1. Ashley says:

    This is so lovely. The beginning of the second trimester is such a magical time in pregnancy…the nausea lifts, kicks can be felt, energy returns. Your excitement radiates through your post, it is beautiful!

    Having had 6 babes myself, all of them born at home, I can say that I’ve truly gotten to be pregnant and birth in the way in which I wanted. Like you, I was so consumed with reading and studying homebirth with my first that I didn’t do too much to celebrate the beauty and magic of my pregnancy. But with his brothers and sisters that followed I took the time to take lots of pictures, do bellycasts, henna, and other creative things. As they’ve all grown I cherish the things I did to remember my pregnancies with them. Already now, at 7 weeks postpartum, I am missing pregnancy. I’m about to finish my bellycast from this pregnancy and I’m feeling blessed to have the tangible reminder of my daughter being on the inside.

    Enjoy every second, mama!!

  2. julie says:

    your words “own personal power” were right on-the most powerful gain from my daughters home birth (besides our daughter) was the knowledge that me and my body could do anything, and with the encouragement and love and support from my hubby (it was just the 2 of us when she was born)we could conquer all. after 35 years together i still feel this way <3

  3. megan says:

    I did everything I could possibly think of, or anything I heard of when I was pregnant…belly cast, henna, journal, preg photos,yoga, blessingway (kinda) because I wasn’t sure I would have another baby. I honestly can’t think of one thing I would add to that, and it is a beautiful feeling. I can’t wait to see you fulfill your pregnancy “bucket list” :) Pregnancy is SO FUN, and this time you don’t have to do so much research which frees you up to just enjoy. I don’t know what the heck I would do if I got pregnant again and didn’t have anything to research! Win the lottery and go to the spa everyday? :) Happy pregnancy goddess!

  4. Sarah says:

    I hope you get to do everything on your list! I’m finding that I’m so preoccupied with Emma that I don’t have time to do the things I did while I was pregnant with her. I wrote letters to her while I was pregnant – the entire pregnancy – and have only written Sophia twice (and I only have 10 weeks left)! Everyone told me it’s different with the second – I hope in your case it can be a positive difference!!! :)


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