Now that we’ve got the due date thing out of the way, here are just a few tips to increase the creative flow in your pregnancy, and set the stage for an inspired, even ecstatic birth:
1) Refer to your due month. Authors, artists and other creative types often chunk up their time in weeks or months to do their soul’s work. It’s not very precise, and it gives them freedom of movement within a reasonable range of time that keeps them moving forward without a great deal of pressure.
Growing a baby is no different. Think of those things you think you need to do in the week, two weeks, three weeks before the baby comes, and do them the month before.
2) Spend time in nature. If you can get away into nature (it could even be your back yard) do so without your phone or other modern technologies buzzing all around you. Place your hands on a tree, or better yet lean or sit against the tree, for 8-10 conscious breaths.
Nature is the ever-present and visible reminder of the power of our creative potential. Connect to it often.
3) Hug your partner daily. And I mean like really hug. It can be tight or soft, longish or short, but make sure you really feel like you hugged. He or she doesn’t have to know what you’re doing or why you’re doing it. We humans need physical touch to heal and be well.
Pregnancy can sometimes feel lonely and your partner may be worried about hurting you or getting too close, especially toward the end. Instigate random acts of hugging, enjoy it for what it is, and let it go. My husband and I suffered a major loss of our home to a flood several years ago. I started this practice of hugging him every day. It was a beautiful, simple practice that brought peace and connection. Perhaps not coincidentally, we conceived our second child during this time.
And this is just the beginning. There is much more you can do to pave your way toward a positive, even ecstatic, birth experience.