Visualization and Conception

Visualization plays a major role in trying to conceive. The connection between mind and body are forces that power the subconscious to send signals to perform our desired outcomes.  By using guided imagery, you can leverage this innate and powerful mind-body connection to achieve real and physical changes in your body. Pregnancy is one area where visualization is key in achieving a positive result. When a desired pregnancy does not occur it can lead to high levels of stress, anxiety, depression and a host of other changes that often cause a chemical imbalance setting off a chain of events. Many women and couples are at a loss of where to begin. Below I’ve put together a few things that helped me and hopefully that can help you get started in your own personal  visualization process:

  • Keep a journal of positive affirmations
  • Create a Vision Board
  • Guided Meditation
  • Think about your favorite form of exercise and do it!
  • Surround yourself with positive people and those who support you in your journey
  • Light a candle first thing in the morning for a short meditation or right before bed
  • Think about your baby! See it, smell it, touch your belly and visualize your baby in your womb.

Trust me, it works! This process rewarded me with two beautiful girls 🙂

 

Keep Calm and Help A Mom

 

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As national breastfeeding month comes to a close, let’s focus on being connected and helping each other. Whether we nourish our children from the breast or bottle we all deserve to be supported and have a space we can come to and refuel our souls. Motherhood alone is enough to take calmness out of each day but remember we are our children’s source and with that comes a unique energy that needs to be rejuvenated. I urge and challenge you to talk to one another, look behind what you see; it can simply be a “hello” or “how are things going?” that can get a conversation going. For me, I meet many moms in the aisles of Target and it’s just a matter of time before we are talking birth! If you have questions, or just plain don’t know what to do about breastfeeding, being a mom, being a first time mom, sex after pregnancy, postpartum body or whatever your individual issue is reach out, send an email, google a support group or email us here at Well Done Babies and we will help, if we can’t you best believe we will find someone who can. You don’t have to walk this beautiful journey of motherhood alone…..Be Open and Receive!

 

 

 

Healing Essentials

 

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Childbirth is a beautiful thing but also comes with lots of pains, twinges, and ouches!! I’ve compiled a list of some remedies that can help and maybe take at least SOME of the pain away. I’m 9 months postpartum and still in the recovery process. We often hear that it takes 6 weeks for everything to go back to “normal” but what is that! Research says it takes a full year for a woman’s body to completely heal from childbirth, remember mama’s it’s not a race, take your time and heal.

Arnica- Used for bruises, muscle aches, arthritis, soreness and swelling. Arnca comes in small white pellets or as an ointment.

Olive Oil-Masssage your perineum at least once a day a month before you deliver to avoid tearing. Dap a little on your thumb and genty massage back and forth. It works!! After 2 vaginal births, I did not tear either time. 🙂

Cocoa/Shea Butter- Lather your belly up!! Not just to get rid of stretch marks but as you get further along the stomach tightens and can be really itchy. You can also use either one for sore or cracked nipples during breastfeeding. Be sure to wipe it off before nursing, and reapply after.

Shoe Ensoles- Will help support your feet, particularly your arches, I developed plantar fasciitis during both pregnancies and it is not fun. Save your feet before the aching starts.

Yoga- We are all different and like different styles but find a prenatal yoga video/dvd and do it at least once a week if not more. It will help relax you and loosen up things for labor.

Meditation- Be still, sit, and relax. Find a meditation on Pandora and let it play, my favorite is The Spirit of Reiki

Massage-Get at least one prenantal and postpartum massage, particulary from a massage therapist that specialiez in pregnancy massages. They are the bes!!!

Essential Oils- Burn your favorite il in a diffuser while you take a shower, bath or relax in bed. Lavender is always a good one.

Sleep-  As much as you want to get it all done, there is one piece of advice I always hope Mama’s  would follow, sleep, sleep and sleep some more!! You will never get another opportunity again to get pregnancy sleep, especially in the early months when your belly isn’t as big.

Water/Tea- Stay hydrated with lots of water, herbal teas such as raspberry, peppermint and ginger root tea are good ones. Based on your particular pregnancy you may want to check with your midwife or physician. 

All of these are great tools to use during pregnancy and postpartum. 

 

 

 

 

 

Zen Birth

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Not only is it important to have positive support, energy, and love around you during labor, it’s also important to have some essentials in your birth environment that will give you a feeling of calmness and tranquility. Here’s a list of some things that made me feel a little more comfortable during my stay at the hospital plus several more:

* iPad, iTouch, CD player etc. something that plays music!! Be sure to have your music selection ready to go well in advance so you won’t have to fumble with it, luckily my hubby was on the job so I did’t have to worry about music 🙂

* Candles (If allowed, you probable can sneak one or two tea lights shhhh)

* Incense or Oil and burner/diffuser

* Video Camera or Cell phone (some places will not allow you to film so be sure to check, we weren’t allowed but did it anyway shhhh…lol…)

*Birth or exercise ball

* Lip Balm

* Birth/Prayer Beads

* Rice Packs (filled w/dried lavendar or whatever you choose and rice) you can use it hot or cold.

* You favorite water bottle

If you’re giving birth at a center or hospital you may want to check their policy on some of the items listed.

I’ll be doing a post soon on remedies to help soothe before, during and after labor in the next couple of days, if you have any questions about any of the items above please feel free to contact me at Yvette@welldonebabies.com