So I’ve reached the half way mark! Can’t believe there’s just 20 more weeks to go. Time really flies! I must say I’ve had it really good and I have enjoyed my pregnancy so far - only during the first trimester I very tired in the evenings (I was ready for bed 22:00, when usually I go to bed 00/01 and get up 8:00) and almost fainted once, but other than that I’ve felt really great - only the belly is growing faster, so slowly I can’t fit into my old clothes! It is a beautiful and a very special time, and I’m also very lucky to have a fiancé who loves and supports me - love you baby!
So here is a small list of a some things I’ve been doing/reading/practising/eating:
- I’ve started a small course with an ex-midwife of my future parents in law. Pilar, who you can find at the Centro Mi Matrona, is so lovely and she is teaching techniques for the couples to communicate with the baby and to prepare for the labor. She has also recommended me various books to read, and once I’m done with them, I promise to share my favorite ones with you!
- KGH Hypnobirth Audio Book
Since I’m still working, I struggle to find time for reading, therefore I prefer audiobooks - I can go for a walk and educate myself at the same time! I have finished the KGH Hypnobirthing book and I must say it’s definitely worth listening to! It’s an inspirational guide for a calm, confident and more comfortable birth, incorporating the principles of mindfulness and active birth. Childbirth can be an empowering and positive experience that you will treasure for the rest of your life. The Hypnobirthing Book and relaxation audio teach simple and gentle techniques that have a profound effect on you and your baby.
- Yoga classes
I’ve been trying to go to Strala Yoga classes at Yogazone at least twice a week. But of course you don’t have to pregnant to do so. I love morning yoga - I love that fact that it’s a workout, but also super relaxing and puts you in a great mood for the rest of the day!
Research suggests that prenatal yoga can have many benefits for pregnant women and their babies. Studies have suggested that practicing yoga while pregnancy can also improve sleep, reduce stress and anxiety, increase the strength, flexibility and endurance of muscles needed for childbirth. It can also decrease nausea, carpal tunnel syndrome, headaches and shortness of breath, and decrease the risk of preterm labor, pregnancy-induced hypertension and intrauterine growth restriction — a condition that slows a baby's growth.