“I am able and willing to give my unborn child everything that he or she needs to grow and be perfect.”
"My changing body is radiantly beautiful. I accept all of the changes that pregnancy bring me. I love my pregnant body and accept it - every day!" 📷: @gypsyonephoto
"With every day that goes by I feel more and more confidant about my pregnancy....more and more comfortable about my body and my baby. More and more ready for my baby's wonderful birthing."
“I get to have a voice. It is safe for me to verbalize my feelings and desires. I am willing to allow others to give me what I want. I can say "no" and still be respected. I take full ownership of my pregnancy and the birth of my baby.”
“Other people's negative feelings belong only to them and I keep them away from me at all times. I easily stop negativity and protect myself and my baby. It's good for me to take care of myself.”
"My changing body is radiantly beautiful. I accept all of the changes that pregnancy brings to me. I am able and willing to give my unborn child everything that he or she needs to grow and be perfect..."
"All decisions about my pregnancy and babies birth are mine to make...I feel very comfortable making these decisions...and I make informed decisions for my babies birth..."
"With every day that goes by I feel more and more confident about my pregnancy...more and more comfortable with my body..."
"Pregnancy is natural, normal and safe for me and my baby!"
As my pregnancy progresses I find myself coming up on 7 months. I have been lucky in that I have had a relatively easy pregnancy and I hope to have as easy a birth as I did with Chico. Something I am doing to ensure this is delving into my Hypnobabies curriculum. I used Hypnobabies with Chico and It was incredibly helpful and empowering. I know without question that it helped me give birth quickly (active labor was only a few hours - pushed for 20 min) and med-free. Hypnobabies is a very successful, complete childbirth education course that was adapted with permission from Gerald Kein’s “Painless Childbirth Program” techniques rather than using simple relaxation, breathing or guided imagery.
I am in a few online pregnancy groups and hear so many women sharing how scared they are to labor and give birth. I feel badly for anyone who feels this way because the worry and fear is so unnecessary! I listen to positive pregnancy affirmations every day and thought I would start sharing a positive affirmation daily in hopes that it might help someone who is scared and feeling unsure about their pregnancy and impending birth.
Nothing crazy, nothing fancy - just words that reassure me every single day that my body is made to do this! I hope it helps you in your beautiful pregnancy journey! 📷: AlightArt
UPDATE: I am re-posting this blog post from my Pregnancy Style Blog and editing/updating the post based on my experience now that I have actually given birth! In retrospect I was a little over-zealous in my packing, but I don't regret it - it made me feel prepared for this hugely important day. I have crossed out items that I wouldn't pack for my next pregnancy with explanation in parenthesis.
FROM ORIGINAL BLOG POST:
So at 38 weeks and 3 days it's super important I am ready to head to the hospital when shit goes down it's that magical time. I have checked out tons of pins (check out my 9 months of style and baby related pins HERE!) regarding what you should pack in your bag and your baby's bag for the hospital, so after checking them all out I have compiled my own list.
It may be over-zealous but it's my first baby and I'd rather be over prepared than regretful ya know what I mean? Click after the jump for my checklist for not only you and baby's bag - but partner/hubby/baby daddy bag too! Are your bags packed? Did you bring stuff you thought was useless later? Did you get to the hospital and say "DOH!" when you realized you forgot _______? I'd love to hear your thoughts/experiences about packing for the big day!
Boppy (So lactation consultant can show me different ways to BF)
Birth Plan (extra copy)
Tube of Lanolin (Not needed - your nipples don't need relief yet)
Robe and Gown
Flip Flops (For the shower or just walking around)
10x underwear (The mesh underwear provided by the hospital are going to be EVERYTHING to you! You will take extra pairs of these mesh underwear home with you and treasure them in those first few days post-partem.)
2x Nursing Bra (I didn't find these necessary - you aren't wearing a bra under your gown and won't be nursing your baby in the car on the way home, so skip it.)
4x socks (I didn't use a single pair of socks - I was burning up for a week after giving birth which apparently is really common.)
Breast Pads (You will only have colostrum for the first few days after birth until your milk "comes in." You have about a week to look forward to leaky boobs - skip the pads).
Going home outfit (loose & comfy - still gonna be the size of a lady 5-6 months pregnant!)
Chapstick (I always have 5 different ones in my purse no joke)
2x Hats (Hospital gives you the cute newborn knit hat so you don't really need to bring your own unless you have a special hat you really want the baby to wear on the way home - I did!)
Baby Book (to stamp feet)
Car Seat (in the car not the bag!)
Wipes (Hospital provides these - but if you think baby is gonna have an explosion on the way home I guess pack them.)
2x swaddling cloths
Warm Going Home Outfit (1x NB size and 1x 0-3 size - they think I may be having a big baby so I need to be ready size-wise!)
Baby Blanket (for the way home & pics in the hospital)
Husband's Bag: Jams (sweats & tee shirt) 4x boxers Slippers Deodorant Toothbrush/Toothpaste Medication 4x socks Contacts case/solution Snacks/Change for Vending Machine
Our Electronic/Tech Geek Bag:
Ipod/Headphones/Small Speaker (for soft soothing music, but most importantly for me to listen to my Hypnobabies tracks while in labor.) (This ended up being unecessary for me because my labor once at the hospital along with pushing was less than an hour and there was no time for music/self-hypnosis/NOTHING!)