This past 2 weeks since we moved into our new home has been crazy to say the least. I have had to take the foot of the accelerator starting on moving day. I was hoping to be unpacking, helping to get our garden looking like a garden and cleaning up, but no, other things were in store for me...
On moving day it was hectic to say the least. We picked up the keys at 9:30am from our builder, had an appointment for Ava at the Royal Children's Hospital at 11:30am (she is okay, we just had to take her to emergency for stomach cramps on the Sunday) and then we went straight back home and moved house that afternoon.
That evening as we had all of the helpers, boxes everywhere, people asking where to put this and that, my body was yelling at me to STOP!
I was 27 weeks pregnant at this stage and I started to get regular Braxton Hicks contractions, like every few minutes. I was on the verge of calling my OB and heading into hospital. It was really scary and unnerving.
Deja-vu in a way because I went into early labour with Ava at 32 weeks which was scary and I was put on bed rest for 8 weeks. This time around I thought "how the hell could I go on bed rest? I have a two year old this time around!".
We had all these people helping us move in and I kept going to empty rooms and crying my eyes out, worrying about our unborn baby. Praying that this isn't early labour, that these contractions will stop.
Since then things have settled down but it has meant that I am taking it super easy. Hubby is in the garden doing his thing while I'm being mum inside with Ava, and putting my feet up regularly.
Sometimes (or a lot of times), things don't go the way we plan them in our head. I thought I'd be fully a part of this whole experience because we have waited 12 months to get here, but my body had other ideas.
I was devastated that I couldn't be a part of moving house and settling in like we had planned, but I honoured my body and our baby and have relaxed a lot more. It was such a great lesson to ALWAYS LISTEN TO YOUR BODY. If I didn't, who knows what may have happened.
The thing that got me was that I felt like I could have done all of the things, but sometimes it doesn't match what we need to be actually doing.
Do you listen to your body when she talks to you? It doesn't have to be with pregnancy, it can be with anything; exercise, food, sickness etc.
If you take just one thing out of this email, please let it be to start to listen to your body. She is always talking to us, telling us what we should and shouldn't be doing.
Don't push through when it just doesn't feel right. Stop and ask yourself what you need in that moment, it may not be the answer you want to hear, but listen any way. Because if I didn't, I dread to think what may have happened.
Too much stress is never a good thing, so honour yourself and your body. You will truly be happier for it, I promise.
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Be happy & healthy,