Welcome back to another pregnancy update!
Now on week 24 and feeling over the moon after experiencing our first ever Hypnobirthing class! We’ve got some homework to do before the next one in a fortnight, but oh my god, we’ve already got so much out of our little introduction!
In case you are not aware, Hypnobirthing is a term used for a labour and delivery that uses “hypnobirthing” techniques to assist a natural and positive birth experience. I always describe it as like getting into a state of meditation or relaxation so that you can just allow the primal side of your brain to allow your body to do what it needs to in order to birth your child. I wanted to invest in these classes and make the effort to learn the techniques as I want as much of an unmedicated, natural birth possible. I realise that birth is the most unpredictable thing in the world and things may not go according to “the plan” but I feel that by doing everything I can to maximize the chance of a positive, natural birth, I will at least have the right attitude and be more prepared as a rookie mama than having the big fear of birth and pain which is often portrayed so much in the Western world.
That being said, I haven’t really had a lot of fear of the birthing process itself after reading, listening and even watching so many positive birth experiences either through books, friends and live birth videos on Youtube (not reality TV). The positive message I got from these stories makes my mind more and more robust in the state of “my body is made for this and there is nothing to fear”. Hypnobirthing is filled with little affirmations like this and has helped a lot of parents in preparation for their birth experience.
One of the best things about hypnobirthing is that it invites the Dads to get involved as part of the team and prepares them to be there for their wife/partner. Having a mentally prepared Dad on board is always a good thing, knowing he will be able to make decisions and remind the professionals of your preferences when you are too exhausted or unaware due to concentration to speak up yourself- I know I will need Dean to be on the ball when I can’t be. Just for the record, Dean continues his amazing support- coming along to the classes and reading up on the birthing process to educate himself. I’m so proud of him 🙂
Can’t wait for the next class!
In other news…
We have been getting out into the great outdoors for Easter! Last week, we went to Bakewell in the Peak District for a walk and a quick cuppa while the weather actually held up. It had been too long since we went for a walk and I wanted to start on an easy trail as I know my energy is still not the same as before but it has improved tenfold!
I don’t want to make these posts all about symptoms and repetitive, so I guess I will just end with how I’m feeling and what’s prepared/ needs to be prepared before the big event…
I’ve been feeling so much better in this trimester! I still get drops in energy and randomly dizzy sometimes but all that is fine because I am really enjoying feeling baby movements now and that outweighs any symptoms I get! Baby Judd has been throwing out some huge kicks and punches- I’m sure he’s already a little martial artist! The feeling is so weird but at the same time it’s incredible and each little flutter I feel reminds me that I have a son and it won’t be too long before we meet him now 🙂 He’s definitely a Daddy’s boy as he loves it when Dean puts his hands on my belly and talks to him.
Having a bump is definitely one of the newest things right now. I’ve never put on any weight in my life so being round is a first for me. I think I’ve put on about 17 and a half pounds or just over a stone. If I’d done this without being pregnant, I think I would seriously panic, however, I know baby is in there and the sack of water weighs something. It’s quite a comforting feeling being more noticeably pregnant 🙂
Here is my 23 week bump. Follow my blog for more updates in this series and more. Thank you for reading ^_^