You are tired, uncomfortable, in pain, irritable, hormonal and anxious. It is a roller coaster of emotions and it is damn hard.
The last few weeks of pregnancy were the hardest for me so I thought I would share with you some of the things I did to get through it without completely losing my mind.
After a few weeks to get my head around everything that has happened over the past month and beyond, I am ready to share my birth story with you.
My daughter, Ava, came into the world on Thursday 21st May 2015. The skies were overcast and there was a chill in the air letting us know that winter was only around the corner.
Earlier that day I had been relaxing in bed listening to a podcast (She Makes Magic), then did my meditation and had a shower. After my shower I felt so emotional I spent a good 10 minutes crying on my bed...truly sobbing. I had no idea why but I went with it and let the emotion out.
I had been watching Bridget Jones's Diary while eating lunch when something started to happen, something that felt different to the Braxton Hicks contractions that I had been getting for a few weeks.
Click on the video below to hear my story and what happened next...
Whether you are at the end of your pregnancy, on maternity leave, sick, injured or have been told to slow it down; it can be tough when you are someone that likes to be doing things all the time. That is why I want to share with you my tips on what I have been doing to come to terms with this process and embracing it instead of feeling stuck and frustrated.
I have been on maternity leave for 7 weeks now and I was made to slow it down straight away after my 32 week ultrasound (if you don't know my story you can watch my video blog here) and for someone who likes to be busy whether it be working, catching up with friends or moving my body; being told to instantly quit all this to rest and relax was a huge deal.
Are you or have you been in a similar situation? Know you are not alone!
The tips I am going to share with you below are things that I have found worked for me, but keep in mind that feeling as though I am in a good place mentally took time. It took me weeks and weeks of soul searching and trying different things to get me out of my head and into the present moment but I can tell you it has been worth it.
Let's jump into it...here are my tips for slowing down when you are a 'go getter'...
Today I want to share with you what has been going on with me over the past two weeks. It has been a big fat lesson learnt for me. Universe I have heard you loud and clear and I am listening!
So over the past two weeks I have been told my cervix is only 6mm, I had to go on maternity leave straight away, I went into early labour...twice, I spent over a week in hospital and my bub can arrive any day. Yep in just two weeks!
I was going to write my story but I decided that a video blog was more appropriate for this topic as it is a little complicated and long. Plus it is always easier to explain something like this in talking instead of writing.
I hope you learn a little something from my story and if you are in a similar situation, you are not alone darling.
Maternity leave, you are either counting down the days or you are a little nervous with finishing up work. Whether you are returning to work or are hanging up the corporate clothes for a stay at home mum role, feelings will probably surface.
As I write this blog post for you, I am 32 weeks pregnant. I am finishing up at 36 weeks it is working a little longer than I would like, but fears and anxiety have surfaced for me about taking a few months off.
+ If I don't work I don't get paid
+ Are we going to have enough money to live off
+ Will I have clients when I return to work later in the year
And there are heaps more, but you get the idea. My mean girl is in full swing trying to make me freak out and live in fear, when really I should be getting excited that my baby will be in my arms in a few weeks time. That should be my focus...looking after me and bub until that moment arrives.
In my video blog below, I speak to you about these fears and what I am trying to do to overcome them. As well as touching on my process to get paid paternity leave from the Government.
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