Maintaining a positive outlook is perhaps the most powerful gift you can give your baby, and yourself. Now is the time to do all those wonderful things you’ve thought about doing, but haven’t had time for, such as massage, yoga, vision-boarding, journaling, seeing a chiropractor, getting reiki, watching the sun set, watching the sun rise, taking deep, intentional breaths, using flower essences, making amends, performing random acts of kindness, painting, dancing, baking, creating. Now, all of these healthy, nurturing things not only benefit you, but also your baby (and the world, of course!).

If you haven’t read The Art of Happiness by Dalai Lama and Howard Cutler, now is the time. Read books with positive birth stories, such as Spiritual Midwifery and Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth, by Ina May Gaskin and Your Best Birth by Abby Epstien and Ricki Lake. Enjoy positive birth movies, such as “It’s My Body, My Baby, My Birth”. All are available to borrow from your midwife. Check out www.positivebirthstories.com. Watch homebirths with large numbers of views and positive ratings, on You Tube.

If your body reacts well to chocolate, please enjoy a square of high quality, organic dark chocolate, each and every day. Studies have shown that this is beneficial to both mamas and babies. An excellent source for high quality chocolate infused with mood-lifting flower essences is Wei of Chocolate. This is a local company, and their chocolate is AMAZING! www.weiofchocolate.com

Your midwife will ask you, at each visit, what you are thankful for, at this phase of the pregnancy, and in your life, in general.

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