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WEEK 38

Transitions

Giving birth is a natural process and my body is perfectly designed to do it.

WEEK 38

During labor it is important that I remain active, moving my body, focusing on my breath and listening to my instincts so I can remain in control during any transitions.

Although you are full-term you continue to accumulate layers of fat to keep you healthy and snug. Out of sympathy my belly enlarges, my womb full to what feels like capacity as I carry you for these final days.

Despite feeling increasingly uncomfortable and less agile, I practise patience. Soothing my itching belly with aloe vera and massaging my perineum with natural oil to gently stretch it, I prepare for you to arrive and cherish all the wonderful sensations of carrying you inside me for these last remaining days.

My mind is preoccupied with dreams of your birth-day.

I try to dispel any lingering feelings of apprehension and let my anxieties, fears and concerns fade away as the sheer excitement of finally welcoming you into the world and holding you in my arms overwhelms me.

My bag is now packed with all the necessary and personal items I may need for your special day, along with positive thoughts and qualities of courage, faith, patience and acceptance.

BENEFITS: These Pelvic Rotations can be used during early labor to help keep me active during the surges and encourage you to move down the birth canal, aiding an easier delivery. I can rest in Child's Pose in between surges, offering me respite and an opportunity to gather strength and resilience ready for the rising of the next surge.

CAUTIONS: If I have pelvic girdle discomfort or I find this posture uncomfortable I will come on to all fours into a tabletop position and use a birthing ball or the seat of a chair to rest my arms and head on.

MODIFICATIONS: I can practise this pose leaning on a bed, seat of a chair, wall or birthing ball.

Intention

As I arrange all the things we may need for your arrival, I begin to see my world from a different perspective, how my life is shifting and changing course as I become your mother.

Asana for the Week

Tabletop Pelvic Rotations

For this pose I will need a yoga mat.

This pose is suitable for all stages of my pregnancy.

I come on to all fours into a tabletop position, with my knees slightly wider than my hips (a). Slowly I begin to make small circular movements with my hips, rotating them in a clockwise direction (b). Intuitively I bring my weight forward and back, gradually increasing the size of the circles.

I let my body lead me.

I imagine the rising of a surge ascending through my body.

I notice how my circles become bigger, opening my hips and creating space for you to descend down the birth canal.

As I spiral my hips I visualize you spiraling your body as you pass through my pelvis.

Mindfully I repeat this week's affirmation:

Giving birth is a natural process and my body is perfectly designed to do it.

As the surge subsides I rest in Child's Pose (c). Resting in this pose gives me time to recover my energy and gather my strength for the next surge.

Here it comes. I feel it rising, engulfing my body, as you continue to make your way through my body. I rise, return to tabletop position and circulate my hips in an anticlockwise direction.

I repeat the above sequence, incorporating first the sound “ooo” as I exhale through my mouth and then the sound “aaahhh.”

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Reflection

By combining sound with movement andpractising using my breath to release tension and ease discomfort, I have learnt some valuable techniques to help me in the early stages of labor and during the transitions.

NAMASTÉ

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