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Pregnancy is a path unlike any other. It is a beautiful journey, the growth of a new soul, and the transition of a woman to a mother. These nine months are a special time, to be treasured and enjoyed, as the new mother discovers beauty and strength she had previously thought unimaginable. It is also a time for nurturing – by ourselves and by others.
Nurturing, in all its different forms, is essential during this precious stage of life. As a woman’s body goes through its many changes, physical touch and relief are invaluable to her being comfortable and rested. It is also vital to begin to know our bodies better, that we may listen to them at the time of birth. Furthermore, the new life inside us, at every moment, is learning about its new environment, and how to respond to it – and so feelings of balance and relaxation will accordingly be transmitted to the baby.
In times past, and still in developing cultures today, women remained active throughout pregnancy, giving them a good level of fitness and strength for birth. Moreover, pregnancy was surrounded by the honor and wisdom that it deserves; midwives and elders of the community were experienced in the art of childbirth and touch, and knew that nurturing was an integral part of welcoming the soul of the child and honoring the mother.
While our culture may have come a long way from these sacred routes, there is still a lot of opportunity today for our mothers and babies to be nurtured. Firstly, the mother-to-be can do much on her own to become empowered in the birthing process, and feel secure in her own body. The many prenatal yoga classes available in this city, and the differing styles, appeal to a range of tastes and abilities. The openness and strength that yoga provides are perfect for childbirth. In addition, many of these classes provide a community of pregnant women, a support network that prevents isolation and can help to remove doubt and fear.