Creating a Blessingway Ceremony to Honor Your Transition to Motherhood

March 15th, 2011

pregoI had the opportunity to go to a workshop called “Creating a Blessingway Ceremony” or “Mother’s Blessing”. It was so beautiful. Since I am working with pregnant women and families, I am able to participate and share with you all the wonderful ideas I learn of how to celebrate pregnancy. Looking back, I wish that I had done more ritual celebrations around my pregnancy. My experiences of the moments between the birth of my daughter and her adoption were slim. I hear other first moms talk about how precious it was when they got to hold their baby. When I held my baby, time stopped. I gazed into her precious eyes, and they swallowed me up. And, suddenly, she was gone. Whatever your decision… [more]

Emotional Support in Pregnancy

March 3rd, 2011

pregoA crisis pregnancy is a turning point that is a significant emotional event. It doesn’t matter how you got here; it matters what you do with this time. People who have planned pregnancies have thought about everything of when ovulation starts to college plans. These long term plans change quickly as children develop their own personalities and ideas, and most of these things aren’t necessary to worry about at this time. When making decisions in a crisis pregnancy, the most important thing is to get “out” of the crisis mode. Make sure that you surround yourself with people who are interested in you, and supporting you and your ethics. One thing that I recommend to all pregnant women, and especially pregnant women in… [more]

Make the Most of Your Pregnancy

May 31st, 2009
Categories: Enjoying Pregnancy

Many birth mothers look back on their pregnancies and wish they’d done more to celebrate their motherhood as they carried their child to term. Crisis pregnancies are sometimes stressful and full of difficult decisions, but you should still try to enjoy the nine months you have with your baby. An unplanned pregnancy can feel like a "mistake." Shame and fear can pile up, and unsupportive friends, family or partners can cause you to ignore or downplay your pregnancy. Don't let youself fall into that trap! If you take a longer-term view, however, you will soon begin to realize that in the big picture of your life, these nine months will eventually turn into something you’ll look back on with a wide range of emotion. Instead of… [more]

The End of your Pregnancy

March 15th, 2008
Categories: Enjoying Pregnancy

Are you close to the end of your pregnancy? By the end of a pregnancy, most women are so ready to have their babies. Towards your due date, you are probably feeling huge and uncomfortable. You are getting anxious and may be looking forward to your pregnancy being over and meeting the little person you have been carrying around for nine months face to face. However, if you are actively making an adoption plan, you may be dreading the end of your pregnancy at the same time. I honestly was dreading the end of my pregnancy with Charlie. I was filled with mixed emotions of dread and anticipation. I knew the end of my pregnancy would bring about the time for me to hand him over to… [more]

Weekend Fun: Pregnancy T-Shirts

October 27th, 2007
Categories: Enjoying Pregnancy

I’ve mentioned many times before that you should make the most of your pregnancy because you never know if you will have more pregnancies. I often see pregnant women wearing really cute t-shirts that have a cute saying regarding their pregnancy, such as “It’s All About the Belly!” I love them! They weren’t popular when I was pregnant with Noah and I don’t recall seeing them that much when I was pregnant with Charlie. Although, your pregnancy may not have come about because of the best of circumstances, still enjoy it and celebrate it. So, why not sport a cute and fun t-shirt? Some of these t-shirts can be a bit on the pricey side though but you can make your own pretty inexpensively with only a… [more]

How to Enjoy Your Pregnancy

June 2nd, 2007
Categories: Enjoying Pregnancy

In the midst of an unplanned pregnancy, it is probably hard to enjoy your pregnancy. You are stressed and worried about what you are going to do and trying to make decision for yours and your baby’s future, so enjoying the pregnancy may be the last thing on your mind. You may even have some terrible morning sickness (or all day sickness) or other pregnancy problems to deal with. But in the midst of all the chaos that an unplanned pregnancy can bring, try to remember every now and again to enjoy your pregnancy. Celebrate the life you are carrying and the miracle that carrying a life truly can be. Looking back, I do regret a bit that I didn’t enjoy my pregnancy more… [more]

Have some fun: Paint Your Belly

December 22nd, 2006
Categories: Enjoying Pregnancy

Ok, you know me, I occasionally have to bring you those over the top, crazy fun things to do in pregnancy that I never did while I was pregnant. Remember my motto, even though it’s not under the best of circumstances, make the most of your pregnancy because you never know if it will be your last! So in all your decorating and fun, why not decorate YOU! Yes, that’s right, you heard me correctly, decorate you! Decorate that big, beautiful belly. Oh I wish I had done this!! To belly paint you can either make your own belly paint or buy face paint kits. Here is how you can make your own belly paint! For each color, you will need:

  • 1 teaspoon

Make the Most of Your Pregnancy

November 25th, 2006
Categories: Enjoying Pregnancy

Being pregnant, even though it may be an unplanned pregnancy, not very many people know, and you loathe the fact you are pregnant, it really is an extraordinary thing. Bringing another life into this world is something truly special. I didn’t really enjoy either of my pregnancies with Noah and Charlie because I wasn’t “supposed” to be pregnant. They were both unplanned and inconvenient to me at the time. I was not happy to find out I was pregnant with either of them. I didn’t pay too much attention to the changes in my body and the things that were going on both physically and emotionally. I wasn’t excited to start to show or buy maternity clothes. I didn’t like having to tell… [more]