Riding the Emotional Waves
Pregnancy and recovery are a time of huge emotional swings. The variety and pace of the shift in emotions can be scary. By scary I mean unfamiliar.
Up until this point we may not have experienced the rush and waves of emotion. Any emotional changes during menstruation are just a preview of what a woman can experience when with child or postpartum.
But, looking at the waves of emotions as something simply unfamiliar to us allows us to be in them differently. The change in perspective allows us to not need to control, escape, apologize, repress, or be ashamed of being “emotional.” We can look at what they may be telling us. Even in pregnancy, and I would say particularly in pregnancy, emotions signal it is time to step back to look at what we need.
Pregnancy emotions reveal:
By become curious about the emotional waves of pregnancy and postpartum, we find our way out of the wave and learn how to create a better life for ourselves. This lesson will spill over to all areas of your life, and help you be a better woman and mom.
The Book of Questions
Pregnancy is as much a physical as well as a spiritual experience. There is a lot of trust and many unknowns to sort through. The Book of Questions, a section of your journal pages, helps you do this.
In the Book of Questions you write down questions you have - practical questions as well as spiritual questions.
Here is a sample excerpt from my Book of Questions to help you understand.
Will my labor be fast?
Should I get my hair done before labor?
Did I choose the right birthing coach?
Will I know what to do?
Is Jacob the right name?
Will I want to go back to work?
As you see the questions can be various and there is no need for an answer. In forming the question, I am opening up myself to receive the answer and I am offering a type of prayer to receive the answer. As your pregnancy progresses, you will be shocked how the answers will come naturally and with ease.
Write something about yourself. No need to be fancy, just an overview.
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