A few of my beloved students are pregnant at the moment and so I decided to write about how energy techniques and consciousness energetic approaches can help during those wonderful, challenging, intense nine months.
It is a topic close to my heart, having trained as a pre-natal educator, a breast feeding councillor, spent two years working with home births as an apprentice midwife in the highlands of Nova Scotia , Canada, and then several more years as a doula at the local hospital.
I love the vastness of the process of pregnancy and birth, it is sacred, powerful and beautiful. At the same time, for many parents, it is a time of confusion, conflicting emotions and advice, physical challenges and overwhelm. The purpose of my articles about pregnancy is to help parents navigate through the months before, during and after the birth of the baby, using energy techniques to stay balanced, healthy and empowered. I have also written a separate article for practitioners wanting to learn how to support the birthing process.
For many women, the first that they know of their pregnancy is either when they realise that they haven’t had their monthly bleed, or they start getting hit with waves of nausea. Being pregnant brings immediate hormonal, chemical and physiological changes in a woman’s body, and these in turn bring about marked emotional and cognitional changes. Oftentimes, tiredness and nausea are present during the first few months of pregnancy, as much of the body's resources are given to the creation and nourishment of the developing foetus. At this time it is of vital importance that the woman nourishes her own energy daily in order to be able to give all of that necessary life-force to the baby.
Be grounded and hydrated
Be grounded and hydrated. I know, I know, so many of my articles stress this as important, and that is for the very very simple reason that it is! There really is nothing as important in your energy system as your ability to be grounded. When you are, you are continually bringing in the electrons that blanket the Earth and provide your life-energy or vital-force. These in turn enable your electrical and magnetic fields to operate at their optimum, as long as your cells are well hydrated. So, for me, hydration and grounding go together as one concept. It is almost impossible to be well grounded without being hydrated.
If you struggle to drink enough water then fill a litre bottle and commit to drinking it by lunchtime. Once you have done that, fill another and commit to drinking it before bedtime. Quite quickly, your body will become used to being well hydrated and you will really notice if you begin to dehydrate, feeling more tired, befuddled, and listless. Using a water bottle is a great visual prompt as you can see how well you are doing, and how much more you still have to drink in your allocated time. During pregnancy, a woman’s blood volume increases by 50%. Blood is 92% water, and carries oxygen to all the cells of the body, in fact, to both the body of the mum and the baby. Good hydration is vital.
We will continue to explore energetic understandings for pregnancy next time by exploring how to nourish the yin energies of the body.