When I first found out I was pregnant, I had a bucket-load of what I call, head trash. Head trash is a term I give to those negative thoughts, feelings and emotions that stop you from being at your best, and for me that translated as having a serious amount of deep-rooted fear around all things childbirth. This fear resulted in loads of emotional stress as the countdown timer rapidly approached D day. Because of the research that I’d come across over the years that linked maternal stress to babies developing things like eczema, asthma and allergies (conditions that I was unfortunate to have), I had decided that I wanted to do what I could to keep my stress-levels as low as possible during my pregnancy. The problem was that I had some horrid dark fears lurking that weren’t immediatelyt obvious as to what they were EXACTLY. Like, I couldn’t actually put them into words. So, my pregnancy journey became one of curiosity and enquiry. I wanted to know. I wanted to know WHY I was so terrified of birth. It’s hard to clear a fear that you can’t label. So, without realising it my pregnancy became a conscious pregnancy.
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What is a Conscious Pregnancy?
When I think about what a conscious pregnancy means, the first thing that comes to my mind is the very simple idea that you’re takeing a conscious, deliberate approach to your pregnancy. You’re thinking about what you’re eating, how you’re feeling and what you’re body is telling you. You’re taking steps to improve your state of health and wellbeing by being mindful in your approach. During a conscipis pregnancy, you connect to your baby and you’re taking an active role in understanding your emotional life because you understand how it can impact not only you, but your birth experience and your baby. Choosing to have a conscious pregnancy doesn’t mean we have all the answers, but that we’re prepared to ask the question, and importantly, be open as to what the answers might be, even if we might not like them.
This is quite a big topic actually, so to help me explore it further I’ve found a fabulous guest for the podcast. In this episode I chat to Julie-Anne Mullan who helps me to dive down deep into the idea of what having a conscious pregnancy means. Julie-Anne works with mums through each of the 4 trimesters, whether it’s preparing for birth, or coping with the arrival of a new baby.
During our chat we talk about;
- what does it mean to have a conscious pregnancy?
- how the invisible can affect our pregnancy, birth and baby; the invisible being our emotions, our life force energy
- what our pregnancy symptoms might be telling us, including the important message behind morning sickness
- how she helps people move on from birth trauma experiences
- how I used the Tapas Acupressure Technique (TAT) to help me clear my own birth trauma and the difference it made. Get hold of the TAT process at www.TATlife.com
- how Julie-Anne works with mothers post birth to help resolve challenges with baby like problems breastfeeding, endless crying and why this is usually a reflection of what it happening in the mothe
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Alexia supports families planning pregnancy and birth. She helps them to overcome their fears and feel calm and confident about birth and pregnancy.
Alexia also trains birth professionals in the Fearless Birthing, a unique approach to birth preparation that is ideal for those who have fears around birth.