I am 24 weeks pregnant with our second child. A little over half way. This pregnancy, as every second time mother has shared with me, is very different to my first. I was very reflective and spiritual about my daughter’s gestation. I talked to her all the time, I sang, I dreamed of what life was going to be like with her from the moment we tested positive. Now, with my daughter nearing her second birthday and my son, due to be born a few months after that, I realize that I am just starting to imagine. That isn’t to say this pregnancy hasn’t been spiritual. It has been. It has been the perfect balance of living in the moment and surrender. I have such little amounts of time that I don’t get a chance to read birthing books that half freak me out and half inspire me. I don’t get the chance to dwell on each ache and pain. I just am.
This is ideal because what I learned last time is that there is very little you can control during labour and delivery. My memory of my birth has not faded and I understand that what is going to happen will. What I can do is harvest love and support from those around me and within my family. Support for my daughter and her relationship with her brother to be. That is where I start to imagine. I have entered the mother phase of my life a million times in the past two years. Each time a piece of who I was, and the effort I put into myself, to be whole and connected to the empowered part of myself shines through. Being a mother feels natural to me. Being pregnant again has been a great experience of wisdom. It has given me a chance to be a much more mellow woman than I was for my daughter. I move smoothly through the transitions of gestation with a grace I am pleased exists.
I am looking forward to celebrating my experience of motherhood within my community. With my daughter, I was unable to do this because I was new to the area. This time I am going to plan a blessingway. I am going to include family living in other countries and incorporate art to decorate my belly. I am fostering ideas as we speak but am curious to know:
What are some ways that you celebrated your motherhood while pregnant?
Written by Rachel from Oast