- prenatal yoga: if you haven't been to a class with Diane Fine, you are missing out! My body feels wonderful after each class, and I notice improvement with breathing techniques and ability to focus every week - all things that help during labor
- getting prenatal adjustments: ok, I'm lucky in this category to be married to a chiropractor who also happens to be trained in prenatal chiropractic and the Webster Technique. I've made it a priority to get adjusted weekly this time around and I'm feeling great. Baby has been hanging out in the head down position (best position for birth) for sometime now and we think he/she will stay that way as we enter the home stretch
- monthly prenatal massage: I was fortunate to initially get an appointment with Arjan Makar when I was experiencing some intense round ligament pain that wasn't being relieved by chiropractic adjustments. I was also carrying a lot of tension in my hips due to a busy travel schedule, and I left Arjan's office feeling 100% complete relief. She specializes in prenatal massage and maya abdominal massage.
- prenatal exercises: walking, swimming, yoga and barre workouts have all been staples this pregnancy. Check out our lending library to test out various home workout DVD's!
- the birth ball (aka stability ball): this is an amazing tool to get comfortable with using that can help you so much during the end of pregnancy, during labor and even postpartum. This is an excellent resource on how to use your birth ball: https://rootedforlife.wordpress.com/2013/09/14/im-birth-ball-crazy-ways-to-use-the-birth-ball-during-pregnancy-birth-and-after/
- daily positive affirmations: I started listening to this 30 minute track before bed that I purchased from Hypnobabies about three weeks ago. Initially I found it difficult to relax and focus while listening, but after about a week I started to enjoy and actually look forward to this time. I'm finding it to be a nice way to wind down and connect with my baby at the end of a busy day, while also teaching my brain to let go of any fears associated with labor and childbirth.
- couples birth classes: we are loving the six week class that we have been taking with Kate Dimpfl and look forward to class each week. We enjoy this time as a couple preparing for the arrival of our baby (I guess this is considered "date night" when you have a toddler at home!). This is not your average birth class, so much to be learned from Kate - highly recommend!
Where I'm Struggling
- sleep: for a while now sleep has been difficult for me and I end up with a 3 hour stretch of insomnia most nights. I'm starting a new routine of diffusing essential oils to promote a restful sleep this week, so I'll report back on how that goes!
- heartburn: since everything has felt so different with this pregnancy compared to my first, I was hoping that I'd escape the terrible heartburn that I experienced with my son the entire third trimester... this has not been the case! I've tried many natural remedies without much success so far, I'd love to know if you have a secret remedy for heartburn!