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The Pregnancy Wellness Guide Wrap-up + GIVEAWAY!

The Pregnancy Wellness Guide Wrap-up + GIVEAWAY!

Posted February 10, 2015

So today’s post marks the end of The Pregnancy Wellness Guide Series. Not for lack of content or information to share with you, but because, at 39 weeks pregnant, I’m simply enjoying putting everything I’ve shared with you into daily practice. 3 In case you’ve not yet explored The Pregnancy Wellness Guide Series you can catch up below. These are the 8 topics I’ve explored and are all direct accounts of my own journey and what I’ve personally been doing throughout this pregnancy: Introduction + tips Supplements + Nutrition Movement + Bodylove Birth Planning + Preparation Meditation + Visualisation The books I’ve loved Eating your own placenta How to host a blessingway You might also like to read about Why I’ll be hibernating for 30 days after the baby is born. ++ Now, before I wrap up The Pregnancy Wellness Guide check out today’s AUDIO BLOG. Here I share a few extra little tips that I think are really helpful and important! I touch on: Baby Brain Slowing down + surrender The space of creation Surrounding yourself with positivity Buying baby stuff Sleeping with support The best seated positions to prevent a posterior/breech baby The Epi-No: Birth Training! CLICK BELOW TO LISTEN https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/79968734/PWGfinal.mp3 Or right click HERE to download. ++ GIVEAWAY FOR YOU! The Nourishing Hub has kindly created this beautiful Preggie Mumma Kit as a giveaway for one of your lucky ladies. I’m so excited to share this with you. So let me tell you what’s included in this kit! Franjo’s Belly Bump Biscuits Franjo’s ‘biscuits for your belly’ have been naturopathically designed and contain ingredients specifically chosen with pregnant mums in mind. Fibre, omega 3, iron, calcium, b vitamins and zinc are just some of the nutrients pregnant mums need so we have made sure our bumpers contain ingredients naturally high in these. A true ‘functional food’. Franjo’s bumpers also contain ginger which has been used for centuries for nausea. Franjo’s vegan bumpers are wheat, dairy, egg and refined sugar free. Iris Practice Baby in my Belly Bath Salts Contains the best quality salts and essential oils traditionally known to be the Mother’s herbs that calm, centre and clear. Ingredients: Epsom Salt, Himalayan Pink Salt, Celtic Salt, Chamomile – Mothers herb, soothing and calming Lavender – Calming Lemon Balm – Relaxant, anti depressive and Patchouli – Anti depressant, tonic Safe to use after first trimester (12 weeks) of pregnancy Love Chai Pregnancy Tea For the yummy mummy with a baby in her tummy…this one’s for you! What better way to begin your journey, than with a specially blended organic and caffeine free tea. Designed by Love chai Naturopath & mother Emma, this blend aims to help you through your 2nd and 3rd trimesters. The carefully selected ingredients are mineral rich and have been used traditionally to reduce nausea, calm the nerves and reduce anxiety. How to WIN: Simply share below in the comments one of your own tip from your own Pregnancy Wellness Journey that you think is a MUST for any mama-to-be to know. I’ll announce the winner in TWO weeks! ++ Thanks so much for being part of this divine journey of pregnancy. I’m so overwhelmed and grateful for the out pouring of sharing, love and support from women all over the world. And not just pregnant ladies, but long-term mums, young women and those who are still toying with the idea of parenthood. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Looking forward to sharing more when this bub arrives into the world. love + light, Claire x Read more

Why I’ll be hibernating for 30 days

Why I’ll be hibernating for 30 days

Posted February 03, 2015

Why I’ll be hibernating for 30 days… So, it probably comes as no surprise that I’m about to pop anytime. At almost 38 weeks, this baby is ready for its birthday, so people keep telling me! I’m not so fixated on dates at the moment. I’m not yet feeling ‘over it’… or wishing away this pregnancy. I’ve had such an amazing experience over the last 9 months and I know that if I ever fall pregnant again I’ll never get to experience the spaciousness, freedom and lightness like I have, gratefully, this time round. In preparing for bub there’s been a lot to do – from getting everything this tiny human needs (so, so much) to sorting out my life and business and making sure that I am eating, moving, breathing and living consciously all the while. Honestly, I’ve been pretty casual about the whole preparation side of things, letting it all happen slowly and with ease. Which has been the overarching energy of this whole pregnancy… gentle, soft, fluid, effortless. And I’m planning on carrying that energy into those early weeks and months as baby and I bond and start this incredible journey together. After bub arrives there are no plans, really, except one major intention I am holding too… and that is the hibernation phase or ‘baby moon’ that I’ll be taking. What is a baby moon? Traditionally and also in my parent’s culture, women are advised to ‘hibernate’ for the first 30-40 days post birth. Birth is seen as an incredibly pivotal moment for a woman (and of course the entire family unit). It’s not just that she has birthed a new life into the world – as if that wasn’t big enough already – but her mind-body-soul is undergoing massive changes. Integrating new ways of thinking and being. Recalibrating. 40 weeks of pregnancy – the time of incubation – abruptly ends and a woman’s body has to move into a completely different mode of giving life. Her mind has to catch-up with that mode too. Her body will slowly revert back to the pre-pregnancy state, but at the same time it is now required to sleep less, produce milk, nurture and attend to a completely dependent child. On a more energetic and spiritual level there is a lot of gentle repair work that needs to happen. Emotions can be raw as the hormonal system rebalances. Spiritually well I am anticipating that the journey into motherhood can be a deep, internal shake-up. The hibernation phase is recommended to help a woman rest, restore and recover from such a dramatic change. It’s about rebuilding strength – in mind, body and soul – and creating the space and time to adjust and ease into this new chapter. It’s also a special time for the mother, father and baby to bond. The first three months of a newborn’s life is considered the 4th trimester – the baby is still undergoing massive development changes and the mum’s body is still undergoing massive renovations too! And in particular, the first 30 – 40 days are the most delicate and need to be handled with kid-gloves. It’s not the time for diving straight back into dynamic exercise regimes. It’s not the time for dieting (your baby is accustomed to the taste of food you ate during pregnancy – this is important if you are breastfeeding!) It’s not the time for an insane social calendar. It’s not the time for taking up new ventures or starting work/projects again. There is one task and one task only. Nurturing life – yours and your new baby. With all the wisdom and ancient understanding of the women who have birthed and mothered before me, I have decided to honour this hibernation phase. I’ve decided to commit as much as possible to a baby moon because it makes sense to me. What will my baby moon look like? Now, I’m not going to lock myself in the house for a month – but I’m certainly not making any plans to go far from home. This is a time of healing, bonding, sacred transformation and new beginnings. I feel so excited to be experiencing all of this and I feel quite passionate about honouring this journey. There will be a lot of this: Sleeping and more sleeping – as much as possible I will rest. Reading books, studying, writing (all the things I love to do) can wait. Eating nourishing foods – and letting my family and partner look after the cooking who are already cooking up stocks and stews for the freezer. Bonding with baby – lots of holding, touching, baby massage! Walks outside in the sunshine. Letting other people help – accepting whatever angels come my way and saying YES to their offers of support. There won’t be a lot of this: Cleaning and doing chores – again, traditionally women gathered around new mums and took over all this stuff letting the mama and bub do the precious work they need to do! Women were treated as precious and sacred vessels where their health and emotional wellbeing is a priority and the bub’s too! Round the clock visitors – as much as I’ll want to see people, I’ll be honouring this sacred time with my baby and husband by ensuring that visitors are spread out and don’t become too overwhelming. Working! An easy thing to do when your office is in your home and you coach via Skype. I’m going to take a step back from blogging + writing my newsletter for that month. Socialising – I’m not putting pressure on myself to be one of those mums that is already ‘out there’… for some this might work for them. But for me, someone that naturally enjoys alone time, I’m going to savour the chance to pull back and NOT be superwoman. It’s only a month and it’s an important month at that. ++ The human body is incredible. Everyday I marvel at the miracle of my […] Read more

The Pregnancy Wellness Guide: How to host a blessingway

The Pregnancy Wellness Guide: How to host a blessingway

Posted January 28, 2015

The Pregnancy Wellness Guide: How to host a blessingway I’m not that into experiences like Kitchen Teas, Baby showers and the like. My husband and I didn’t throw an engagement party and I was a little unnerved by the whole Hen’s night (which ended up being an incredible experience). I am however, really into experiences that are sacred, respectful and honour the depth of meaning behind the celebration. Which is why I wanted to have a baby shower with a difference – with a blessing. A couple of years ago I helped host the blessing ceremony at a very good friends shower, and having been invited to another Blessingway I was certain that I wanted something similar for my own experience. What is the difference between a Baby Shower and a Blessingway? Firstly, both experiences are about celebration and a coming together of women. However, a Blessingway, which is born from the traditional Americian-Indian (Navajo) culture, is about honouring the mama-to-be and her transition into motherhood. It is also a way to honour the unborn baby as well. Without sounding wanky, it’s a more spiritually minded experience. A baby shower is a more Western celebration that is designed to ‘shower’ the mum and baby with gifts to prepare for the birth, which I believe became popular in the 40s and 50s. BOTH have their place and I can truly see the benefit in a baby shower – receiving gifts from friends for the baby is such a help. For me though, that wasn’t the priority. And I’m also not keen on the ‘games’ that are usually played at Baby Showers. No judgment, but I personally find them a little tedious. How to host a blessingway This is an incredibly personal experience so there are no rules or strict guidelines. What I can do is share what we did and perhaps that will help you come up with your own Blessingway experience. I was so blessed to have one of my oldest friends offer her (newly renovated!) home for our Blessingway. The space was divine, open and spacious. Another friend – my Reiki Healer and beloved soul sister – offered to host the blessing ceremonies. After researching Blessingway Ceremonies there were a few elements I knew I wanted to incorporate: 1. The sharing of food We asked each guest to bring a plate of healthy food. This not only made it easier for my host but it also meant that when we sat down to eat you could really feel the love. Each plate of food was literally buzzing with consciousness. I can’t begin to describe the joy in ‘breaking bread’ with my soul sisters, knowing that our food was high vibe, healthy and stupidly delicious! 2. Meditation + Blessing Opening the ceremony – we were all sat in a circle around a little altar – with a mini meditation and a blessing to me, the baby and each woman holding the space brought on the water works! I was crying within the first minute and I know many of my friends were too. It set the scene, it felt sacred and it simply soulful. 3. The Red String Blessing One long piece of red string was looped around the left wrist of each woman present. As this was done, each of my soul sisters (my mother and sister included) offered up a piece of wisdom and advice to me. And yes, tears were shed. My heart literally exploded out of my chest. My soul stretched out with delight. Words were shared such as “You already know everything you need to know” and “Savour eery single moment” and “I can’t wait to meet your soul baby”… ahh, it still gives me tingles when I think back to how held, loved and supported I felt 4. Prayer Flags I sourced online a kit to create our own prayer flags. I decided that I wanted my beautiful soulies to get creative with me and make a prayer flag each. These featured words of advice, drawings, and messages of love. They are all strung up and ready to be hung in the birthing room – whenever our baby decides to enter this world. I’e also had my nieces create a prayer flag as well. And I know that mid-labour as I look up at these messages I will either smile, laugh or cry… but either way, these prayers will bolster me, encourage me, keep me on track and lovingly call in this beautiful soul-baby. 5. Pampering + adornment Now, I won’t lie, this was my friend’s idea and one I was a little uncomfortable with at first (still have some work to do on ‘receiving’) but in the end, getting a shoulder rub and hand massage from my friends DELICIOUS! At 35 weeks pregnant any form of ‘care’ feels like being wrapped in the biggest embrace. I was also crowned with a stunning flower headpiece and my hand painted with henna. ++ Despite the heatwave, I had the most joyful, sacred and memorable experience. I’m so grateful to each woman that was there who held the space with their love and gave so much from their heart! Hosting a blessingway doesn’t have to be difficult or overly ‘spiritual’ or even fussy. Sacred can still be casual, relaxed and effortless. As mine was! And you might like to combine it with the most common ‘Baby Shower’ – throwing in a few baby-games or even doing a gift registry if that’s what you are after. Your turn: Have you had a blessingway before? Are you interested in doing this for yourself? love + light, Claire Read more

Claire Obeid

Hello there, I’m Claire

What am I about? Oh-so-much. A soul-centered and heart-driven life. Inside-out wellness. Shadow work (from the darkness comes the light!) Truth-seeking. Leaning into the joy of life.

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