I think that there is a time and place for knowing the anatomy and physiology of pregnancy, but more focus can certainly be given to the emotional connection and a more heart-centered approach to being pregnant.
It is for this reason that I am going to endeavour to bring more balance to the information I share. Some food for the soul as well as the ever inquisitive mind!
Nurture your mind
According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, full term is considered anywhere from 39 weeks to 41 weeks gestation. When you hear women say they were ‘late’, they usually mean they went past the date their doctor or midwife told them to expect the baby. It can be helpful when sharing your ‘due date’ with friends and family to give yourself a bit of extra time. This way you won’t be bombarded with phone calls asking if you’ve ‘had your baby yet?’. This pressure to perform can stop things from starting in the first place!
Nurture your body
Nurture your soul
Choose somewhere quiet in your home that you can call your own. Create an altar with things like fresh flowers, a crystal, a candle and any other special items that help you remember to slow down and acknowledge the amazing work you are doing to grow a baby. Take a moment each day to sit down and focus on your breathing. You can light a candle and set an intention. You may like to choose an oracle card with a message for this time. Connect in with your breathing and connect in to your baby. Another nice thing to do is play a song that helps you slow down. Keeping a journal nearby can be useful for helping process what feelings are coming up and it can be a nice keepsake that you may share with your child when they are older. It is helpful if you set a reminder alarm on your phone for the same time each day so that you can get into a routine of taking 5 minutes out to yourself.