When you know that you are going to have a guest over for an extended stay, do you wait until she arrives to start preparing, or do you plan ahead?
My guess is that you use the opportunity to clear some clutter, do some cleaning that you have been meaning to do for quite some time, clean up the guest room, put fresh sheets on the bed, and maybe even some flowers in the room. You vacuum, dust, place clean towels in the bathroom and do what you can to make sure that your guest will feel welcome.
You may even do some extra special food shopping so you don’t have to worry about running errands or planning meals once your guest arrives.
The more you can do to prepare, the more present you will be when your guest arrives, whenever that is.
Do you know the feeling of having someone show up at the last minute? The rushing around you feel. The desire to get everything done but the need to cut corners to have things be “ready enough.” The regret you feel when things are not just as you had planned.
Your guest arrives for dinner and all you can do is rush around the kitchen and try to catch up, because of course you were running late with your to-do list that goes on and on. Amidst all of this, you lose the deep connection to your friend who has come to spend time with you. You miss out on the chance to be truly present.
Preparing your body for pregnancy is much like preparing your home for a guest.
Of course there is much you can do once you are already pregnant (and your special guest has arrived). I would never want you to think otherwise.
But when you take the time to clean up your baby’s first home (your body, your womb), you are giving her the most precious gift possible – the best and healthiest start from the very beginning.
By giving yourself 3-6 months to deeply prepare your body, mind, and spirit for the experience of pregnancy, you are ensuring that you have done what is within your control to set up the healthiest first home for your child.
You have already begun to nourish her by learning to nourish yourself.
You have stepped into that role of mama that you have been yearning for.
You have found ease because you have given yourself the time to integrate information and create change without feeling rushed and overwhelmed.
What a beautiful path to take on your journey into mamahood.
Peace, Love, and Wellness,
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I think pregnancy started a few healthy habits for me that I was able to continue after my first was born. Drinking more water, less caffeine, etc.