So I’m four days into Maternity Leave & the honeymoon period is over. I am living under a new regime in preparation for the big day.
Each day now consists of:
- 30mins of yoga
- 15mins positive visualisation exercises
- 20-30mins of relaxation exercises
- 100 pelvic floor exercises
- 5-10 mins of other exercises for the ‘lower regions’ that we won’t go into detail about
- 5-10 mins practising breathing exercises
- 1 hour of reading baby books – the post birth bits
The healthy eating continues as per always, lack of caffeine, no red red meat, yadda yadda yadda.
There’s so much more to this birthing business than I ever dreamt. It’s not just a case of ‘buy some bits & bobs then wait it out’. The early weeks are filled discomfort, nausea, headaches, worry. The middle section is ok; there’s still discomfort but you start yoga classes & relaxation exercises two or three times a week. The final stretch is filled with discomfort, shopping, appointments every other week & a variety of daily exercises. (For those who haven’t been pregnant, I look forward to seeing your faces when you reach the page in the baby book that talks you through no. 5 above. For those who don’t ever experience it, no need to scare yourselves. Ignorance is bliss my friends.)
However, the regime is off to a slow start after being up half the night feeling sick & shooting pains running from my hip to my middle back. I think some berry tea is in order first.