Connection is our birth right, but it’s in danger. More and more we are finding ourselves in our heads losing the connection to our own bodies. Education and society also keeps us in our heads, and this is at the expense of our bodily instinct & wisdom.
Reconnecting to yourself and your body when your pregnant can be so empowering. Simple adjustments in your day to day can create new habits which will strengthen the connection to your body, which many of us have lost along the way. Rediscovering this skill and learning to reconnect to yourself in pregnancy is also a great tool to take forward into your labour and your journey as a parent.
With that I just wanted to share a couple of things that anyone can do to reconnect with their bodies.
Pilates and similar embodied arts like yoga is often described as the Dance of Breath a Movement which beautifully sums up birth too. The breath helps centre us providing you with oxygen rich blood, gives us focus and can allow our mind to relax and our body open. Focusing on your breath has been shown to alter your brainwaves in a positive way, decrease stress hormones, blood pressure and increase oxygen levels and relaxation.
Practising movement with breath work in pregnancy prepares you beautifully for birthing your baby, whether that’s home birth, caesarean birth, hospital birth, whatever your choice, it will influence a more positive experience. Dancing through contractions has lots of benefits and can help baby descend into your pelvis. You can then take these skills you have learned forward to adjusting to life as a new parent. There will be times you will feel overwhelmed and centring yourself with your breath will help you clear your mind. Movement with your baby will soothe your baby, soothe you and support bonding.
Modern society is overwhelming, the constant juggling and expectation of more, so it is no wonder we are disconnected from ourselves. The above advice does not cover only pregnancy and about but moving forward into your role as a parent.
So with all of that said it is no surprise that at the top of my top five list for reconnecting to your body is.
How to reconnect to yourself in pregnancy
Dancing and movement
Dancing during the first stage of labour can decrease duration and intensity of pain. Instinctive movement can help your baby move down into the pelvis and will divert attention away from any unwanted sensations. Dancing with your newborn is also a wonderful happy hormone release and the moment is incredibly soothing for your baby.
Slow down and be present
Remove yourself away from the noise, switch off technology and pay attention to what you are eating, how you are feeling, how the leaves are changing colour. Note how this makes you feel.
Feel the sun, wind and rain on your skin. Blow away the cobwebs and clear your mind. Fill your lungs with the gorgeous fresh air and oxygenate your blood.
Stay connected to your own genuine needs and desires by being in the body. Be your own guru and don’t feel guilty for taking the time you need to keep yourself well physically and mentally.
Do more of what inspires you. Paint, make something, read, take a warm bath with your favourite treats. Do the things that you love but you never find time for – make the time. Feeding your soul opens you up to so much peace and joy.
Now it is important to note that equal measures of rest and movement are important. Tuning in to your body will help to find the right balance for you. Breath work can be a key tool and influencer in how we are feeling. When it comes to birthing your baby, if you are too much in your head or adrenaline is taking over it will disrupt the flow of oxytocin which is a key hormone in birth. Breath work & instinctive movement can break this process.
If you would like to learn more, get in touch with Doula Diary who can help ease your worries from pregnancy to postpartum.
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