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September 29, 2009

15 weeks - kicking?

I'm 15 weeks and 6 days and I'm sure I felt that little alien in my tummy wriggling around this morning. It's early, but I am thin and pretty sensitive so it's certainly possible.

I was sitting at my desk at work tapping away on the keyboard when I felt butterflies in my tummy, real low down. I stopped typing for a second, but then thought, no it can't be, it's too early. I kept typing but this little butterfly was insistent, the gentle tapping continued for a full minute or two so there was no mistaking it. I started giggling and emailed D straight away. I didn't tell the other girls at work, it felt like a lovely little secret between me and my baby.

September 25, 2009

Pre-natal care

As usual my approach to pregnancy is very old fashioned. I'm reading a wonderful, wonderful book called Mothering the New Mother by Sally Placksin. It is one of the few books that I highly recomend you read if you or your partner/relative/friend is pregnant. Sally Placksin discusses a woman's specific needs after childbirth and how we can have them met in modern culture (which so commonly ignores them).

Sally Placksin interviews women from various trditional cultures and find rich traditions around the world that nourish pregnant women and new mothers. One of the most beautiful stories she shares is from Luz Garcia, a Colombian who is the daughter of a physician and a midwife. Here is a brief exert:

"Birth was not ever seen as an illness, but as a sign of health and a sign of beauty and life coming through...If you could bear a child you were healthy, you were alive, every good thing was coming your way...Regardless of what the family was, that infant was cared for from the moment the mother was fund to be in estado [pregnant]. The mother got fed better, first portion came to her...[there was no prenantal care.] The mother was recomended to have long walks, to see flowers, to see baby animals at play, and to hold other babies and have good thoughts..."

September 09, 2009

Wonderful news!

I'm back in the land of blogging, and I have some wonderful news to share. I'm pregnant. It's one of the reasons I went all silent on you, I wasn't ready to share it with the world until it all settled in nicely.

For the next little while I'll be back-posting some of the posts I've been writing but not publishing to catch you up to speed. I'll be sharing with you what I have come to learn about pregnancy from an Ayurvedic perspective.

I'm thirteen weeks today, which makes the little one due in March. We are really, really happy about it all. Happy in a way I've never really experienced before. It's such a deep sense of satisfaction and really puts the trivial stressors of the world into perspective.

I'm really happy to be back blogging. I'm only working 4 days a week so I feel like I have clawed my life back. I was not designed for full time work. I'm far too multi faceted for that, and have much varied needs and desires which paid work alone cannot satisfy. Plus I'm growing a human, which is a pretty big job on it's own!

Great to be back and thanks to those of you wo have stuck out the long wait.