Maybe it is a little silly to compare pregnancy and childbirth to preparing a stew, but they both involve some basic principles translated below. The intent of this blog post is suppose to be comedic in nature while identifying some important steps in planning a holistic pregnancy.
1. What are you craving?
Evaluate what is important to you, as well as, discussing any concerns or fears.
2. Find Your Recipe
Don’t pay attention to over dramatized examples of childbirth. Get real life examples of the moans and groans of labor and delivery so you can get a feel for what to expect. Already an experienced chef? Remember, every batch is different.
3. Gather the Right Ingredients
A feeling of safety and support can mean all the difference in opening up, mentally and physically. Make sure you have the right team whether it be your partner, relative, professional doula, or all 3.
4. Don’t forget the Mirepoix!
Of course, any good chef would not forget this in a stew. The mirepoix of pregnancy= nutrition, meditation, and exercise. Excellent nutrition and daily exercise are vital ingredients in keeping you and your baby healthy, as well as, preparing for the big day. Also, envisioning your preferred outcome while meditating will help it become a reality.
5. Season to Taste
Discover what environment and techniques will work for you. Do you want to prepare for massage, dim lighting, and smells of your favorite fragrance? Or maybe favorite photos and your fav music will keep you centered? Experiment with relaxation techniques and positions before hand.
6. Simmer and Serve
Remember your birth matters and you are in control. Plan, prepare, and be ready to adjust the boil time!
Evaluate your childbirth experience. Journaling is a great way to work through any issues you experienced. What was important to you? What emotions did you feel and why? What worked well and what didn’t? What would you have done differently? What questions can you ask next time to evaluate your provider?