The sensory and neurological pathways are communicating with each other, preparing my growing baby to become a conscious being of the world.


I will become a witness to my thoughts and simply allow them to pass by in the presence of mindfulness.

The architecture of your brain continues to develop, with new hills and valleys, grooves and ridges, its previous smooth appearance slowly disappearing.

The dynamics of your nervous system are rapidly becoming more refined, with the fatty protective layer of myelin continuing to cloak your billions of nerve fibers so they can send messages at a faster rate.

You are becoming more sensitive and responsive to light, touch, sound and taste; sometimes you signal your likes and dislikes of the food we share with a little somersault or hiccup.

Each day I try to spend special time reading, singing or talking to you.

Consciously sending you positive thoughts and messages of affirmations to reassure you that all is well as I start to make plans and prepare for your birth-day.

Although my belly is expanding with your weight gain, your home is becoming a little cramped and there is less room for you to move around.

Your once gentle flutterings are turning into more assertive kicks; sometimes they even take my breath away and I have to stop what I'm doing.

I wish I felt as agile and energetic as you!

BENEFITS: Baddha Konasana stretches the inner thighs, hips and groin; relaxes the pelvic-floor muscles; lengthens the spine and releases tension in the lower back.

CAUTIONS: If I have pelvic girdle discomfort I will practise the Birthing Breath sitting on my heels with my knees together, and place a cushion(s) between my sitting bones and my heels to bridge any gaps.

MODIFICATIONS: If my knees are higher than my hips as I sit in this pose, I will place a cushion(s) under my sitting bones to create a downward slope in my thighs. I will also slide my heels further away from my perineum to create a larger diamond shape. If needed, I will place a cushion(s) under my thighs to fully support me in the pose.


This week I will enrich my diet with a variety of brain-food ingredients. I will fuel our nervous systems and strengthen our brain cells withfreshfruit, leafy green vegetables and food rich in essential fatty acids, which support our memory and keep our minds fit and healthy.

Asana for the Week

Baddha Konasana - Bound Angle Pose

For this pose I will need a yoga mat and several small cushions.

This pose is suitable for all stages of my pregnancy.


I sit on several cushions with my back against the wall. I bring the soles of my feet together to create a diamond shape between my perineum and my heels. I place a cushion under each knee to help my legs relax into this shape.

I rest the backs of my hands on my thighs, bringing the tip of each thumb to the tip of the index finger while extending my other three fingers. This hand gesture is Jnana mudra, which symbolizes the uniting of our unconscious with our conscious energy.

I think of you growing into a new conscious being, becoming sensitive and expressive within your world.

I become mindful of my breath pattern and begin to practice the Birthing Breath as described in week 18 (see pages 63/64).

Mindfully I repeat this week's affirmation:

The sensory and neurological pathways are communicating with each other, preparing my growing baby to become a conscious being of the world.

Gradually my breath settles back into its natural rhythm.


This week I connected with my breath to help relax my mind, pause my thoughts, and gently ease my body into a practice of mindfulness.


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