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Pregnancy // Weekly Positive Inspiration for a Positive Birth #8

positive inspiration for childbirthGosh, the last week has certainly been interesting! We’ve had a few “will he/won’t he arrive?” moments and, according to the Midwife, Peppercorn’s entrance into the world is imminent. I’ve definitely been feeling like this pregnancy is coming to an end; I’m super slow now, and utterly exhausted. I have tiny bursts of nesting energy every few hours, and always end up doing too much and scolding myself as am left feeling like I’ve been hit by a bus. I’ve also been feeling very crampy, with period-pain-esque uncomfortableness, which is a sure sign that birth isn’t too far away now.

With this in mind, I’ve been quite good at realising my limits (well, other than during the nesting energy spurts) and have been trying to rest as much as possible. My Hypnobirthing books have served as good reminders that I should be preserving my energy for the birth, and although I’m starting to feel a little housebound at times, the resting is helping me relax more and focus on the journey ahead. A modern confinement… with a Toddler! Thank goodness she has so many books and toys that have been packed away for seven months that she’d forgotten about!

I’ll admit that I’ve started to feel quite nervous over the past week too. Memories from Busby’s birth keep trying to enter my mind when I think about birthing her brother… a few of them haven’t been so positive, so I’ve been working hard to try and remain in a positive place. Nick has been fantastic; coaching me through the times when I’m obviously distressed, and reminding me that Peppercorn’s birth is the opportunity for the birth that I want: it will be different this time. For all of us. I love this quote from Sheila Kitzinger, and thought it was apt for this week’s positive inspiration:
positive birth quote As well as the nervousness, I am feeling excited. Our birth pool was delivered last weekend, and I’m very much looking forward to getting in, having a beautiful birth and meeting our little man!
Hannah

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4 Comments

  1. Katie R-M

    3rd June 2015 at 12:02 pm

    Sounds like you haven’t got long left now lovely. It must be so hard not to remember past experiences, but I’ve no doubt with all your prep, you are going to have a fab home birth and a happy experience. I’m on watch for news xxx
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    1. Hannah

      3rd June 2015 at 2:56 pm

      Thanks lovely lady xxx

  2. sarah

    3rd June 2015 at 7:35 pm

    How exciting!
    I hope all goes well and you have an enjoyable birth experience. It’s great that you’re remaining positive and you have great support around you! Hopefully not too much longer! I look back through rose tinted glasses but I was an absolute nightmare to be around by this stage! Its funny how you only seem to remember the good bits, isnt it?!
    Lots of love xxx

    1. Hannah

      4th June 2015 at 9:04 am

      I hear you! I remember sobbing on the floor at 39 weeks when I was pregnant with Busby because we’d just moved house and the oven was as powerful as a lamp… I’d tried to cook Nick dinner for when he got in from work, but it still wasn’t ready at about 9pm! I haven’t been that bad this time round 😉 xxx

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