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Get Moving

Exercise, especially walking and swimming, stimulates circulation, strengthens your body during late pregnancy, and gains you precious sleep. If you haven’t incorporated walking or swimming into your pregnant life yet, it’s not too late. Walking is a great exercise for the last trimester, and even during early labor. Choose a beautiful place for your walk - a park or a natural setting near your home or office. Make a ritual out of your walk - consider it a time to be with yourself during these last few months before the baby joins you. Start with a... read more

Leg Relief

Your legs do extra duty during pregnancy. Take special care of them, especially during the last trimester when you may be prone to edema, varicose veins, and other leg problems that are aggravated by increased blood volume, hormonal changes, and nutritional deficiencies. Edema of the ankles and legs responds to lavender, geranium, and rosemary oils, all of which stimulate the lymphatic system to drain excess fluids from the body. Add 1 drop each of lavender, geranium and rosemary essential oil to 1 teaspoon of grapeseed or sweet almond oil. Mix gently... read more

Learning to Squat

When you see photos of indigenous women, they are often squatting to cook a meal or to grind grain. As modern women, we’re not as used to squatting, but it increases the mobility of the pelvic joints and strengthens the muscles of the inner thighs and Achilles tendons. Squatting is also a great position in which to give birth, but it can be uncomfortable unless you get some practice. Stand with your feet about hip width apart and your heels on the floor. Keeping your back straight and your weight equally distributed between your heels and toes, squat... read more

Raspberry Leaf Tea

Raspberry leaf tea is the most popular herb used during pregnancy, and is particularly useful during the third trimester. Its astringent and stimulating properties strengthen and tone the uterine and pelvic muscles, while its soothing properties relax the uterus. Raspberry leaf tea also tones the mucous membranes, soothes the kidneys, allays diarrhea, stops hemorrhage, quells nausea, sedates, and relaxes.Raspberry leaves have been used throughout history to encourage safe, easy childbirth, to speed recovery from birth and to stimulate milk production... read more

Labor Oils

These oil blends can be used to alleviate pain during labor. Sweet Lavender Relief 2 ounces sweet almond, grapeseed, or pure vegetable oil 10 drops lavender essential oil 6 drops clary sage essential oil 4 drops geranium essential oil 2 drops jasmine essential oil 3 drops rose essential oil Heaven and Earth 4 ounces sweet almond, grapeseed or pure vegetable oil 8 drops spikenard essential oil 7 drops jasmine essential oil 3 drops lemon verbena essential oil Mix the oils together in a plastic bottle with a pouring spout. Massage into abdomen during pregnancy... read more

Side Twist

This is a simple yoga posture that you can even do on the floor of a hospital room. It strengthens the buttocks, which relieves lower back tension and also stretches the front of the thighs.Lie on the floor with your knees bent and your feet flat on the floor. Place your arms out to your sides with your palms up. Keeping your feet planted, lift your hips off the floor. Stretch them to the left a few inches, then put them back down. Inhale, take your feet off the floor and draw your knees to your chest. As you exhale, rotate your knees to your right side... read more

Corpse Pose

This can be used at any time of your pregnancy when you need to relax, but is particularly good in the third trimester when you may want to avoid more active poses. It can also be done before bed to prepare for sleep. Turn on some relaxing music and/or dim the lights. Lie on your back on the floor. Put a pillow underneath the small of your back. Allow your legs and arms to rest comfortably on the floor. Cover yourself with a light blanket, if needed. Close your eyes. Take several deep breaths. Notice... read more

My Baby Knows

Remember that your due date is just an estimate. Nine months is an average. Each baby has her own length of gestation. Try to set a range rather than a date as the time to expect the baby. Instead of “The baby is due on December 20th,” say, “The baby is due in late December.” Add a couple of weeks to your due date so you can relax and not be inundated by well-meaning phone calls toward the end of your pregnancy. Here’s a visualization exercise you can use if you’re worried about the due date of your baby. Find a place where you can sit quietly for 15... read more

Taking Stock

As pregnancy draws to an end, you will be full of thoughts. Find a time and place where you will be able to relax and let your mind travel freely. Write your thoughts down in your journal if you like. Ask yourself these questions? How can I savor my pregnancy, my new life? How can I embrace the changes?What do I need to do to keep in touch with my friends and relatives before and after the baby is born?Will my interests and avocations change after the baby is born? How can I create a vibrant support system in my community that will... read more

Pregnancy Affirmations

An affirmation is a positive thought that you consciously introduce into your thinking. You do this so that your thoughts will support you and not undermine your confidence. Here are some affirmations to write down and read or say aloud. You can make audiotapes of the affirmations you like or make up your own affirmations to listen to as well. Notice that the affirmations progress from pregnancy to birth. Pregnancy is a natural, normal, healthy and vibrant state for my baby and me. My baby and I are loved and supported. It is... read more

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