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WEEK 35

Patience

When my baby is ready they will have their birth-day.

WEEK 35

As I expectantly prepare for the arrival of my new baby, it is important that I rest, conserve my energy and remind myself of the virtue of having patience.

As your birth-day comes closer, we are both preparing for your arrival in our own special ways.

While I prepare my home for you, making sure you will have a comfortable place to rest, feed and play, you are busy priming yourself for a safe passage into this world.

Your waxy coat, the vernix caseosa, is thickening to give your skin a slippery film and although your bones have hardened, the ones inside your skull remain soft and pliable to help you ease your way down the birth canal into my world.

This week your liver and kidneys finalize their development and their roles in elimination.

Waste products are now being stored in your intestine; meconium, a green sticky tar-like substance, will be your first bowel movements when you are born.

As this final period is one of rapid growth for you, I am ensuring that my diet contains plenty of nutrients to give us both strength for your birth-day.

When I can, I like to snuggle up with you and dream of our beautiful love affair. Holding you in my arms I rock you to sleep with the sweet lullaby of my heartbeat.

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

CAUTIONS: If I have pelvic girdle discomfort I will practise the Supported Reclining Pose as described on pages 29/30.

I will discontinue practising this pose if it becomes uncomfortable for me. I will let my body be my guide.

Intention

This week I will put aside my to-do list and enjoy some precious moments being with you. Counting down the days until your birth-day, I will practise being patient.

Asana for the Week

Supta Baddha Konasana -Reclined Bound Angle Pose

For this pose I will need a yoga mat, a bolster or long pillow, a folded blanket, several small cushions to support my back, legs and arms, and an eye pillow.

This pose is suitable for all stages of my pregnancy.

WEEK 35

I sit on my yoga mat surrounded by cushions. I place the short end of a bolster or long pillow behind me, snug to my lower back. I stack some cushions on top to create a semi-reclined 'chaise longue' shape for me to rest over.

I place a folded blanket at the other end of my bolster, on which I will rest my head.

Bringing the soles of my feet together, I form the shape of Baddha Konasana (see pages 99/100) and rest some cushions underneath my knees so my legs can relax and hips and groin open.

I recline back over the bolster and cushions, and rest my head on the folded blanket.

I ensure that my back is comfortable, making any adjustments I need to, finding the optimum position to rest in.

I place an eye pillow over my eyes and let my arms rest on cushions at the sides of my body.

I merge into the rhythm of my breath.

By relinquishing any temptations to think or do, I learn to surrender, listen and focus on being present with you, which requires my patience.

Staying here for up to ten minutes, I mindfully repeat this week's affirmation:

When my baby is ready they will have their birth-day.

Afterwards I remove my eye pillow, bend my knees and roll over to my left side. I stay here for a few minutes before using my hands to gently assist me up into a sitting position.

Reflection

This week I took time to rest, conserved my energy and surrendered into a practice of patience.

NAMASTÉ

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