A little announcement!
On the 23 October 2015, Tom and I were en route from Surrey to Devon to see my dear friend (and ex boss!) get married. A weekend away together – too good to be true! After a very emotional goodbye with Aniela (that was me, not her!) we were on our way. 10 minutes on the motorway and we’ve already had to stop for me to be sick. Not pleasant. I felt dreadful. Do we continue on or head home? No question, I couldn’t even lift my head so it was homebound. I turned to Tom and said (in a very sarcastic tone), ‘perhaps I’m pregnant!’. He immediately turned off to buy a pregnancy test, just in case! That afternoon and evening I had the worst sickness. Hours later, my mother had it, then Tom, then Aniela, and then my sister. By the end of the weekend we were all struck down. Ok, I’m definitely NOT pregnant – this is ‘just’ a hideous sickness bug. By Monday I started to feel normal again but I was still a few days late which was unusual for me. The pregnancy test had been sitting on my dressing table all weekend so I thought I’d just check. I honestly didn’t think it would be possible, given we were told we’d have to have IVF before Aniela came along. However……..3 minutes later I’m stood in the living room holding a positive pregnancy test, jaw to the floor waiting for Tom to react!! We certainly weren’t expecting that! We did another test just to be sure…and there is was, the amazing double purple line. The scariest and most wonderful vision! Another dream come true. And now I’m 10 weeks pregnant and very excited to to be starting this blog and sharing the highs and lows with you.
As a hypnobirthing teacher, I meet lots of pregnant women to talk about their hopes, emotions and fears about their pregnancy and childbirth. Now that I’m pregnant, it only seems right that I share how I am feeling and document my own pregnancy journey. Through hypnobirthing techniques, I teach women and their partners how to release fear and tension, gain confidence and control and maintain a sense of calm and positivity through their pregnancy and birth. Teaching hypnobirthing is a priviledge – I am welcomed into a couple’s lives at such a special time – and so, as a teacher I always want to make sure that I am meeting the needs of every unique woman. I hope that through my own pregnancy I will only benefit more as a teacher and be reminded of what makes the journey of birth so extraordinary and life-changing. As well bringing you lots of affirmations, inspiration, information and birth stories, I will also use this blog as my tool to turn my teachings on myself. So, here’s to my second pregnancy and to a calm, confident and positive pregnancy…and beyond!