Pregnancy Blog

Teresa Palmer, Aussie actress soon to be Mum to two.

What has been your favourite thing about being pregnant this time around?

I love knowing how deep a love I will feel for this little man, I'm so familiar with all things birth and baby this time round that I feel calmer and more ready for this journey together 

What is your number one tip for nourishing you and baby?

Self care! Take those baths, sleep as much as you can, light exercise, clean eating, positive thoughts. Mind body and soul balancing! 

Which of our Pregnancy affirmation cards speaks to you the most and why?

"Inhale love, exhale fear". I kept saying it over and over. 

What are your birth plans?

I just wrote all about this on Your Zen Mama in my 32 week pregnancy update! I have lots of ideas of how I want my birth to go BUT the main thing is that I'm open to whatever the experience will be!   http://yourzenmama.com/32-week-pregnancy-update-fitness-vlog/

What are you most excited about when baby arrives?

Seeing my two boys bonding together. Bodhi couldn't be more excited. I can't wait to see what he looks like, what he enjoys and how our family dynamic shifts!



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Erin, a mum to inspire us all.


What has been your favourite thing about being pregnant?

Oh so many things! Mostly I love how connected it makes me feel to my own femininity and to nature around me. Feeling a little baby move around inside your belly is also just one of the most magical things I have ever experienced.

 

What is your number one tip for nourishing you and your baby? 

I think that being sure to cover the word 'nourish' and ensuring that it applies to every aspect of your life - fresh, organic foods, clean air, clean water. Resting when you need it and not feeling ashamed or guilty about accepting help from others so that you can take care of yourself. It is such a fleeting moment in time really, but pregnancy is the beginning of your baby's experience of human life. It's definitely a time to devote to being your healthiest self, as well as resting and laughing as much as possible! I also like to remember that cravings do not only come in the 'food' variety. I've been craving walking by the river, having particular crystals on me and the scent of palo santo. I know that is both the baby and my deeper intuitive nature speaking!

Which of our affirmation cards speaks to you the most and why?

 "Women all over the world are birthing with me". I couldn't stop thinking of these words during the birth of my first daughter. Women are seriously the epitome of strength and power, the most inspiring forces of nature on earth!!! It gave me courage to carry on

What are your plans for your birth?

We are planning a home birth in the warmth of our little cottage , with our midwife. We were in the birth centre last time and I also loved that experience, but I'm so excited to be able to create a little birthing nest in my home and not have to leave once labour is in progress. We will have the birth pool in our lounge room, surrounded by candles, flowers and plants. Having all of my herbal remedies and home comforts on hand is another aspect of a home birth that I'm excited about. It will be really lovely for Willow I think too, in making the transition to "big sister" to have it all unfold in the comfort and familiarity of our own home.

What are you most excited about when baby arrives?

I think, aside from having a beautiful squishy newborn baby once again, I am most excited to see the bond between my two children. Willow is so excited, she kisses and talks to my belly every day, so seeing them together may just make my heart explode. I always well up in tears thinking about it!

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Creative Mum Asha & all about pregnancy number three!

I have followed Asha on her business and personal account for years now on Instagram and I am so inspired by her. So naturally when she purchased my Pregnancy & Birth Affirmations I knew that I wanted to interview her for Teepee Life. She is talented creatively beyond words. Just check out Mr Haddy if you don't believe me. She is healthy and fit and has been an inspiration to me in regards to self respect and love. Now she is going to be blessed with a baby girl after two little boys. Can't wait to see photos of her Ash and thank you for taking the time out to be a part of our blog. 

What has been your favourite thing about being pregnant? 

The sheer joy of growing a human. A human that was made from love, that thrives and grows from the love I give my body. It's all about the love baby! It's a love that you could never imagine, those little kicks and flutters make your heart pound with joy.

What is your number 1 tip for nourishing you and your baby?

I workout 3-4 times a week, I know what labour entails! I'm keeping my fitness level up so I'm prepared for labour and a quicker recovery. As well as exercise I eat a healthy balanced diet of whole foods with the odd pregnant lady treat!

Which of our cards speaks to you the most and why?

I trust my body, I trust my mind and I trust my baby. I love this one. Early on in pregnancy I was so anxious that something would go wrong, I still am. I love that this card reminds me that my body is built for growing and birthing babies. I need to not let my mind take me on a roller coaster ride of "what if's" and trust that my baby knows the way. 

What are your plans for your birth?

I've planned for a natural birth at hospital, we live rural and the hospital is over an hour away! So I'm hoping we make it! My two previous birth were magical experiences and I'm hoping for the same again, just listening to my body and letting it do what it's meant to do. It has really helped me knowing exactly what the processes of labour are. During my last birth I felt so in control and it was really empowering. I remember thinking ok, things are getting intense, I'm going through transition, I need to pace myself and rest. Then when my waters broke (which was like a giant exploding water balloon! Lucky I was on the toilet!) I was thinking ok he's going to start heading down the birth canal now and with each contraction I could feel him moving down just a little bit until I felt the head crown. I remember being so exhausted and sleepy between each contraction, I could have actually gone to sleep! This time I'll make sure I rest as much as possible in the early stages of labour so I'm not too worn out when I need my energy the most! 

What are you most excited about when baby arrives?

Well apparently this time I'm having a girl! So that's exciting after two boys, also that divine smell, those tiny toes, breastfeeding, those unstoppable heart explosions when your eyes meet with your baby for the first time. Ahhh I'm tearing up just thinking about it.

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A beautiful interview of courage, loss & overcoming.

 


What has been your favourite thing about being pregnant this time around?

My favourite thing about being pregnant this time is that I have finally learnt once and for all to let go of any expectation of myself and go with the flow more rather than push myself to be doing what I think is “right”.  Every pregnancy (and I’ve had a few now!) is totally different!  I had plans of sticking with my healthy diet and literally could not keep a thing down until after 20 weeks other than chocolate croissants!  (I do not have a sweet tooth normally at all!!)  I am a regular, avid exerciser and was not able to do any activities again until 20 weeks as I am classed as high risk due to age and some recent history .. and then it was just too hot and/or I was too tired and that’s ok … I’ve watched my body amazingly grow this beautiful little baby of ours and appreciated the miracle and not berate myself for what I feel I couldn’t do this time around because I know I’ve got plenty of time afterwards to heal and recover.  I’ve learnt it’s also to say ‘no’ or not feel guilty that I haven’t had the extra energy to put into other things and that true family and friends completely understand and continue to support you.  It’s been a nice change to disconnect and not feel as pressured, to just concentrate on making this baby and my family.  As a result, I’m 39 weeks and feeling extremely heavy and tired ~ normal late pregnancy feels that I am super blessed at this stage to have!  My Dr has been my mentor throughout this journey as it hasn’t been the “easiest” and one thing amongst many of her pearls of wisdom was to “simplify everything and concentrate on the most important project you have ~ your baby growing inside you”.  And honestly for me I love the feeling of movement and kicking even though it’s getting pretty strong now it hurts!

What is your number 1 tip for nourishing you and your baby? 

Once you are past your first baby it becomes trickier to find time to nourish yourself and your little one when you are running around after the rest of your family (husband plus three boys Tom 18, Sam 17 and Archie 3), working etc but in all honestly it becomes even more important so I tried to concentrate on little simple things that are easy to do, not necessarily daily but regularly from home if it was “one of those days/weeks”.  For me, I made the time to start reading every night even if it was just one chapter and of course your read over your cards, especially for the moments I was struggling and needed an extra shot of inspiration!  A cup of your favourite tea or a coffee either with a close friend or on your own.  Organic products for face and body.  Lighting candles and having a fresh bunch of flowers around the house.  A full body massage or treatment a couple of times during the pregnancy and keeping up with regular hair/beauty appointments as they really make you FEEL like a million dollars again when you aren’t feeling great at all!  One of my biggest saviours for the first half of the pregnancy was lots of beach time with my family it felt so good to be submerged in or by the salt water splashing around with those I love the most!   I would also recommend a nightly leg and foot massage from your husband once you sit down together at the end of long, busy days ~ BLISS!

Which of our cards speaks to you the most and why? 

"Being pregnant over 40 in general is not for the faint hearted! This is actually my 7th pregnancy. The fourth within the past 18 months. I lost three precious souls literally between my 42nd and 43rd birthdays. The first was a big enough shock as I fell very blessedly easily with my three boys and had no complications other than I don't labour and need Caesars but you get to a point with that too that as long as your baby arrives safely in the world it doesn't matter 'how'. Don't get me wrong I was already so grateful for those gifts and even though I had never experienced the level of heartbreak I have now I was certainly empathetic to other women's struggles in their quest to have a child of their own. All three were at different stages and a different experience of loss. By the last time, during my 43rd birthday week I walked out of Sydney Ultrasound broken in a million pieces - my body was a mess hormonally and otherwise, mentally I was a wreck from so much stress on every level (there were other personal issues going on too) and my heart had been smashed to smithereens like I was In a permanent state of raw, vulnerable grief. I took the advice of the professional, amazing people who had been looking after us "this is the hardest thing to do, you need to get yourself in a place mentally where you can cope with anything .. nothing you are doing is wrong, not the intense exercise not anything but try intense meditation and you will get to a point where you can't take anymore of this or you will have a new baby in your arms". I listened to them and the bottom of my heart and soul. I remembered who I am and what I am made of and that I didn't want to look back and I wish I had tried just one more time .. I didn't listen to the negativity said to my face (and behind my bank) by close family and friends - this was my journey, life path. I focused just on this quest and my family - it's all I had energy for .. I saw a naturopath, had Bowen therapy and reiki, took up yoga (which I ended up obsessed by), I did Pilates as much as I could and still went running and boxing without smashing myself doing so. I thought I ate healthily but I did a stricter clean eating 8 week program and lost a bit of the weight the pregnancies and hormones had left behind! Six months later I felt amazing, stronger than I had ever been and I fell pregnant again! The fragility and vulnerability set in .. on top of that I was so sick from day one, I couldn't exercise, I couldn't eat .. then we lost my beautiful Grandma (Nonna) I have the most special relationship for my whole existence and my no 1 fan especially when it came to "trying again. The grief again hit like torrential waves I was sure I would lose this precious life inside me - we hadn't even gotten to the "safe" mark yet - though I wondered if I would ever feel safe during pregnancy again .., this is where your entire box of cards comes in .. they are so powerful and resonated with me on so many levels .. not just one card but the whole box, it was like a little meditation session especially when the fear that sits permanently, lingering would get out of control and I needed some calm .. they are soothing, comforting, strengthening and inspiring. They reinforce our relinquished trust in natures most incredible, powerful force - recreating life. To trust in our own power and bodies and know that we have the strength to endure anything to keep and protect our babies safe. They don't call Nature a Mother for nothing - the storms, rainbows, sunshine, turmoil .. the beginnings and the ends all magically beautiful in their own right. All seeds for the most incredible growth and change - the real meaning of life.At 26 weeks I relaxed. I embraced everything about this little miracle growing so happily and well inside my body .. I am as I said relishing in the feeling of life inside me again (must be a boy can kick!) and cannot wait to look into their eyes in just over 3 weeks!! Thank you for being such a big part of this incredible journey of love."

What are your plans for your birth? 

This will be my fourth caesarean!  I am currently packing my hospital bag and trying to include some calming, organic products for myself and baby to use (as I said it really is the little things that make us feel the best!) ~ I am hoping to arrive at the hospital feeling relaxed, calm and not too exhausted so I can feel soak up those first few days in the newborn bubble and not miss a thing!

What are you most excited about when baby arrives?

Just to hold this beautiful, healthy little baby of ours earth side in my arms and fall in love all over again! To know I will have finally completed my precious family.  The last two years has been a very long and challenging journey on all levels to get to this place right now ~ emotionally, physically and mentally so it feels even more significant than ever ~ I’m just really looking forward to enjoying our family in every way.  I cannot wait to start getting to know our new little addition and finding out whether I will be the Mum of four boys or a little girl, either way it will be the most wonderful surprise as it really doesn’t matter as long as they are healthy which is why we chose not to find out ~ the love for your own child is like no other! A friend said to me a few years ago that there aren’t many surprises left in the world of this calibre and it’s so true!

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Geralyn, passionate business Mum with a story to match.

What has been your favourite thing about being pregnant?

My fave thing about being pregnant has been my own "birth" process. It's remarkable how pregnancy transforms a woman. I feel like I'm the one being birthed! For example, I'm much more patient. And I move with more presence and mindfulness now (I had a habit in the past of being a rusher, always moving two steps ahead of myself). I'm also more connected to my intuition and my spiritual practice than ever before.  I trust my body, and I'm so excited for my continued transformation as a mom and the birth of my sweet babe. 

What is your number 1 tip for nourishing you and your baby?

My number one tip is to be intentional. Meaning, ask/pray/meditate on what it is that you and baby need, and then listen to the signs. There are so many things outside of us during pregnancy, begging for our attention. Blogs, our support team, doctors, ads, articles. But what about our own beautiful wisdom? I'm a firm believe in the spiritual concept of "ask and you shall receive". For example, about half way through my pregnancy I felt like I needed to eat much more nutrient dense food. I said a little prayer and asked to be guided to what my body and my baby needed. The very next day I received a flyer in my mailbox for a local organic and biodynamic farm in my area. I went to check them out and it's been the best food I have every had in my life. My cells have been dancing and its helped balance the funky energy levels that arise in pregnancy sometimes. Also water! I drink 3-4 L a day. 

Which of our Pregnancy and Birth cards speaks to you the most and why?

All of them! Ha. I love how it's always exactly what I need to hear :) 

What are your plans for your birth?

I'm planning a home birth and I have a doula and a midwife. My husband will be there too! I keep having visions and dreams of me birthing a baby girl in my bathtub-- so we'll see :) 

What are you most excited about when baby arrives?

The cuddling. The presence, all the small things! I had a goal 5 years ago to create a successful business where I earned mostly residual income (money while you sleep from sales, and other avenues) so that I could be totally present and "in" as a mom. That dream is coming true and I couldn't be more grateful. 

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Amy, a wise Mother beyond her years.


What has been your favourite thing about being pregnant?

Oh this is so hard to answer because really, I have loved it all! Even being sick for the first 16-20 weeks! Okay, so I didn’t LOVE being sick but I learned a lot from the experience ;-) This conception happened spontaneously but certainly not quickly, taking over 3 years for this little miracle to occur, so overall I have just been SO, SO grateful to experience being pregnant. I am so in love with this little soul already and feeling our baby move inside me is the most magical thing ever. 

What is your number 1 tip for nourishing you and your baby?

Listening to your inner guidance and tuning in to that Motherly intuition however and whenever you can. I do believe that knowledge is power but sometimes the abundance of outside knowledge we have access to can be incredibly overwhelming. We can forget how much knowledge and wisdom we already have within us. I really believe that tuning into your baby’s spirit can help you make decisions that are best for both of you. For me, much of that has meant slowing right down (and not feeling guilty about this!), dissolving previously strict boundaries around food choices and avoiding violent/fear based media so that this baby is only surrounded by love.

Which of our affirmation cards speaks to you the most and why?

I truly love them all and have several favourites but this one truly resonates with me: 

“I am grateful to be able to grow my baby.” I feel this every single day. This miracle of Motherhood manifests in so many different ways for women around the world; for some it happens easily, for others it happens without any planning and for some women it comes with great heartache. So each day I am so grateful. I wanted to experience this so much and I am thankful each day for this experience.

What are your plans for your birth? 

We are preparing for a natural birth in a private hospital just a 7 minute walk from our home. My partner and I have done a Fearless birth course together and I’m doing everything I possibly can to prepare my mind, body and soul for a natural birth with minimal interventions. However, in saying all that I’m also preparing myself for that lesson in complete surrender. I’m open to the notion that we can’t control birth. We can prepare for it absolutely but I want to allow myself to love and appreciate the experience, however it happens!

What are you most excited about when baby arrives?

I’ve been saying to John, my partner “I feel like I’m walking around with the best present ever inside me and we’re just waiting to open it!” Who are you? What do you look like? What will you be like? Are you a girl or a boy? I’m so excited to hold this baby to my heart. I also can’t wait to spend time with my younger sister and her baby. She fell pregnant just 10 days before me and going through this pregnancy together has been such a special experience. I can’t wait to just spend time with her, our babies, our partners and our family over the Summer period. It’s going to be one big Love Bubble! xox

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Xariet, our very first customer and now expecting Mama.

 

What has been your favourite thing about being pregnant?

Knowing that my body is doing what it is made to do, to nurture a little human internally and bring it earth side as best as I know how. The kicks, grooves, waves, rolls and nudges all feel so right and are the best part of pregnancy for me.

What is your number 1 tip for nourishing you and your baby?

My husband @thefunctionalnaturopath has me on a Reishi everyday. Reishi is known as the queen of medicinal mushrooms in Chinese medicine and is a gentle and nourishing adaptogenic herb. I find it extremely balancing and keeps my immunity strong.

Which of our birth affirmation cards speaks to you the most and why?

'Stay present fear does not exist here'

Amen sisters!! I am so thankful for this card, it grounds me and speaks so much truth. Everyone else's birth stories are not mine (some people love sharing their horror stories). I'll make my own birth story, thank you!

What are your plans for your birth?

My husband and I just finished our Inside Birth classes with Susan Ross from Birth Right. Susan is amazing, we loved the birth hypnotherapy sessions. We are planning a natural birth at a small hospital run by midwives with the support from a doula. The aim for us is that the doula will hold the space ensuring its safe place to birth the way we would like to.

What are you most excited about when baby arrives?

Seeing my insanely beautiful husband be a dad and soaking up all they newborn goodness together as a family



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Sarah, be inspired and nourish yourself through mental wellbeing.

 
What has been your favourite thing about being pregnant?

My favourite thing about being pregnant has been the way my family have responded. It has been truly magical to watch them bask in our happiness and the excitement of adding a new member to our family. This little one will be the first grandchild for both mine and my partners families so it’s very special. I have loved how the bond between my mother and I has deepened through this experience and I love seeing how much she already adores this little person growing inside me.
What is your number 1 tip for nourishing you and your baby?

I feel that that the number one thing I can do to nourish myself and my baby is to slow down and reduce stress. Being a mental health worker I have a deep understanding on the importance of nourishing ones mental wellbeing. Pregnancy has taught me not to try and control everything and to enjoy being in the moment with this pregnancy and the little person growing inside of me.

Which of our cards speaks to you the most and why?

I have utilised different cards for different purposes throughout my pregnancy.

At the start of my pregnancy I remember experiencing fear and anxiety in the lead up to the 12 week mark. I had some spotting and the uncertainty and lack of control I experienced during this time was really overwhelming. When I received my cards I went through them all and picked out the ones that I felt gave me the reassurance I really needed to just trust in my body and the process. I had these pinned around my house as daily reminders and found that they really helped me focus my thoughts.

“I am worthy of this pregnancy this baby and a beautiful birth”
“I trust in the power of my body”
“I have courage faith and patience”

Once 12 weeks had passed and I was heading through my 2nd trimester I pinned a different selection of cards around my house. These were the cards I chose that helped me learn to take moments with my little one and to do things to nourish us both.

“Today I will do something to nurture my baby and myself”
“The food I put into my body nourishes my baby”
“I love and honour my ever changing body”

As I am now heading through my 3rd trimester I will be choosing the cards that I will be taking with me to the birth. This affirmation really speaks to me and I know it will remind me of the end reward of labour, our baby.

“Each surge in my labour will bring my baby to me”

What are your plans for your birth?

Being someone who likes to be in control I’ve really had to prepare myself for the fact that birth is something you really can’t control. My main goal has been just to make sure I’m informed on birth and the various things that can take place. I have been listening to The Birth Hour podcasts which are women sharing their birth stories and I have found this really helpful in providing me with a broad spectrum of perspectives on birth. I live in a rural area of Western Australia and don’t have access to home births or a birth centre so I will be having a hospital birth and I am planning for the least intervention possible.

What are you most excited about when baby arrives?

The moment that constantly plays in my mind is the moment I will see my partner Sam hold our baby for the first time. I think about this all the time and I am so excited for this and just feel like my heart might explode.
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Shana, 28 weeks expecting

 

What has been your favourite thing about being pregnant?

I love pregnancy so far. I am currently 28 weeks and I would say my favourite part of this beautiful journey is feeling my baby kick, squirm, hiccup, and move around inside me! It's the most comforting, amazing, unique and beautiful thing I have ever experienced. To know there is life growing within me.

What is your number 1 tip for nourishing you and your baby?
Eating organic, vibrant, colourful, REAL food! drinking LOTS of water. Daily meditation, and movement! whether it be walking or yoga, light exercise is important.

Which of our pregnancy and birth affirmation cards speaks to you the most and why?

I honestly love them all! Each one has a beautiful message that empowers me. But if I had to pick one, I'd pick the card that reads "The Miracle of life is taking place inside me". It's a wonderful and very true statement that describes pregnancy perfectly!

What are your plans for your birth?

I like to keep my mind and heart open to however my baby plans to enter this third dimensional reality. Personally, I envision a natural, unmedicated water birth. But I think it's good to stay open to however the birthing process unfolds, and not stay too attached to the way you planned it to be. every birth is beautiful & unique in its own way. 

What are you most excited about when baby arrives?
Oh gosh! I am over the moon excited just to see my baby. To stare into the eyes of our beautiful and perfect creation. What a humbling moment that will be. I am excited for life with my baby, for cuddling, feeding, learning, growing expanding, experiencing! Just everything about this new life excites me. 
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Jessy, a journey of loss and now joy.

What has been your favourite thing about being pregnant?    

I have so many! But will cut it down to two. Number one is definitely being able to feel bub inside me ~ fluttering, popping, squirming, kicking. I love that I am never alone throughout the day. My little boxer is always reminding me of the bond we have. The secrets we share are indescribable. My second favourite thing about growing a little human is watching my body change as my pregnancy progresses. Women's bodies are absolutely incredible and I feel beyond blessed to be able to grow this little soul.  'I love and honour my ever changing body'

What is your number 1 tip for nourishing you and your baby? 

Look after your mind and body with good, nutritious food. I've always eaten healthily, but have definitely stepped it up a notch after being diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes. You're only pregnant for a short amount of time in the scheme of things. Before you eat that chocolate/cake/soft drink, ask yourself if you would feed it straight to your baby? No? Then don't feed it to yourself! Find exercise that you enjoy ~ swimming, walking, yoga, Pilates. Whatever it may be, do it to nourish your mind! And lastly, take time to enjoy your pregnancy. Sit with bub, talk to him/her, build that bond. Life can move by so quickly, remember your presence and really take in this beautiful time. 'The food I put into my body nourishes my baby'

Which of our pregnancy affirmation cards speaks to you the most and why? 

Aahhh, just one? I have so many favourites, but the one that resonates with me the most is,  I embrace the wisdom of my body. After three years on this journey to become a Mumma and three precious pregnancies, I believe my body, mind and soul hold such valuable wisdom. My heartbreaks sting with sharp pain, but I am very proud of all I have achieved and trust my wisdom that has come from them.

What are your plans for your birth?

We are having bub at the Birth Centre at Gold Coast Uni Hospital. It in run by midwives and has a natural approach to childbirth. We have been allocated a midwife who I've had all of my prenatal appointments with. She comes to our house and builds a relationship with us and is on call to attend my birth. I am getting my placenta encapsulated by Amy at @mamas_medicine ~ so important! I dream for our birth to be a calm, spiritual experience but I am not naïve in thinking it will definitely go that way. Plans are imperative to have, but can go out the window in seconds. The most important thing of all is to have a healthy and happy babe at the end.  'I trust my body, I trust my mind, and I trust my baby'

What are you most excited about when baby arrives?

To hold bub's precious and healthy little life in my arms and to feel the love bursting from my heart. To see babe's Daddy like I've never seen him before. To finally take home a precious piece of both of us and watch him/her grow into whoever he/she wants to be. 'I welcome my baby with joy'.

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