RESOURCES

My Pregnancy Resources

Nov 14, 2021
Here is a compilation of various resources for the great initiation time that is pregnancy! Stay up to date on my website for further resources regarding birth, postpartum, and unique rites of passage on the path of motherhood.
 
 
These resources will be categorized based on our layers of being: MIND, BODY, and SPIRIT. Resources for the mind are informational, educational, preparatory, logical, and addressing the emotional experience of pregnancy. Resources for the body are addressing the physical needs and potential discomforts that arise during pregnancy. Resources for the spirit are addressing the Rites of Passage that one must inevitably walk through to become a mother, and how you can resource yourself for support on that rite of passage.
 
The Pregnant Mind
  1. The Complete Guide to Freebirth: The Freebirth Society // This guide is an extensive and thorough guide to birthing freely, in your power. It includes information and resource lists regarding wild pregnancy, birthing without a medical provider, and parenting autonomously. It is by far the best birth preparation course I have come across. It addresses every complication, emergency, and variation of normal that you could think of, as well as the realities of these situations when it comes to freebirth and choosing autonomy. Emilee Saldaya and Yolande Norris-Clark are teachers of mine in Radical Birthkeeping and are immense wealths of knowledge with decades of experience in supporting women to birth outside of the medical system.
  2. Hypnobirthing Course: The Positive Birth Company // I took this course during my 3rd trimester and found it to be extremely informative. Often when we hear "hypnobirthing" we visualize women being hypnotized, completely "checking out" and not being present with the experience of labor. I found this course to be the complete opposite - it was scientifically rooted in physiologic information regarding the body's natural processes of pregnancy, birth, and postpartum. It was deeply soothing to my mind during pregnancy, which wanted to understand everything I was going through on an intimate and logical level. Also, this course came with downloadable MP3s of birth affirmations and guided meditations that were so helpful the closer I got to labor.
  3. Happiness Planner: The Happiness Planner® | Master Happiness & Success One Day At A Time // While this planner is not uniquely for pregnancy or parenthood, it is the best mental health and motivational planner I have found. As someone who LOVES guided planners and journals, this one is at the top of my list. I buy it every single year. During my pregnancy it was specifically helpful because I was able to write down how I ate, if I meditated, my personal/emotional/spiritual goals for the day, and my progress on my goals. I was also able to make a daily schedule and check things off which made me feel super productive during the "nesting" phase of my third trimester. And now, I have a full written account of my pregnancy that I can look back on and reminisce!
  4. The Free Birth Podcast: The Free Birth Podcast – Free Birth Society // The Free Birth Society was so amazingly helpful for my emotional struggles during pregnancy. Whenever I was scared of birthing at home, or worried about a rare complication happening to me and harming my baby, I listened to this podcast. Listening to stories of women birthing entirely in their power and on their terms was deeply inspiring. It reminded me to stay off Google and WebMD and continue listening to my intuition when it came to my pregnancy and birth experiences. I felt supported by women all over the world just by hearing their stories, and it eased my racing mind countless times.
  5. Elemental Birth Rites' Holistic Pregnancy Empowered Birth Course: Holistic Pregnancy: Empowered Birth Course Info Page – Elemental Birth Rites // This course changed my life. It is a 9-module course that takes you through your "shadow work" - inner wounding patterns from childhood, your subconscious, and your experiential life - and it guides you through healing each of these wounding patterns as they align to pregnancy/birth/parenthood. My partner and I did this course together and explored the depths of our hardest internal/mental struggles in life. But we gained amazing tools that I was able to utilize during labor whenever the throws of labor-land presented me with a wounding pattern that might have otherwise physiologically impacted my progression. I still use these tools as a parent today, and I recommend this course HIGHLY for anyone who is pregnant. It is the best psychological work you can do, uniquely related to your passageway into motherhood. If you purchase this course, use my discount code for an awesome deal: NYALOVE300 to get $300 off the total price!
  6. The Nourishing Traditions Book of Baby and Child Care: The Nourishing Traditions Book of Baby & Child Care — Sally Fallon Morell and Thomas S. Cowan MD (nourishingtraditionsbaby.com) // This book is an excellent read for new parents, pregnant mothers, or anyone caring for a child. It has some amazing information that starts with pregnancy and birth, so it is important to read before your baby comes. This book contains information on the physiology of pregnancy and how to naturally nourish yourself through the discomforts of your body's changes on all levels - mentally, physically, emotionally, etc. Whenever I was tempted to "google" something or look to What to Expect, I found this book to be so much more potent in its healing wisdom. There is an outpouring of knowledge based on true scientific research and biology that helps us to start our babies off right, beginning with pregnancy - which in turn helps us to experience pregnancy with more presence and joy!
The Pregnant Body
  1. Prenatal Yoga // I practiced yoga throughout my pregnancy and I truly believe it helped me in labor. Not only did it prepare my body for the immense stretching, opening, and muscle-activating that I needed while giving birth, it prepared me to endure the pain of labor through conscious and relaxed breathing, and total acceptance. There were no prenatal yoga classes available in my area (until I started teaching them - see here) so I continued to practice as normal. I did not avoid anything unless my belly physically got in the way. I did backbends, twists, inversions, etc. I stopped feeling comfortable in headstand/balancing inversions around 30 weeks. Around this time I also stopped doing deep twists. Other than that, I felt comfortable in normal Vinyasa classes. I also practiced Hot Yoga (apx. 110 degrees F.) until 41 weeks. Listen to your body about exercise - it may surprise you!
  2. Ayurvedic Nutrition: Pregnancy | Banyan Botanicals // Banyan Botanicals is my go-to source of information when it comes to Ayurveda and nutrition. I sought support and advice from a local ayurvedic specialist who also knew a great deal about eating for your blood type. She helped me to define my perfect diet, not just for my body but for my baby's as well. She took my pulse and through deep energy work, was able to locate the pulse of my baby and identify her as primarily Pitta-Kapha. This helped me to understand both our needs as a mother-baby dyad. This collection of articles by Banyan Botanicals has a lot of great information regarding the physical aspects of pregnancy, birth, and postpartum from an Ayurvedic lens.
  3. Mother's Milk Tea: Mother's Milk | Lactation Tea | Traditional Medicinals Herbal Teas // Even though this tea is advertised as a lactation tea for increasing milk production (which it totally does!), I found it to be very helpful for morning sickness. The sweetness of fenugreek settled my stomach and gave me the taste for food again when I was feeling the most averse to eating. Sometimes sipping on warm, sweet tea is all you need to settle your nauseous tummy. Warm lemon water with ginger and honey is also an amazing antidote to digestion problems, including constipation, which is common for many women in pregnancy. Red Raspberry Leaf tea helps with nausea and prepares the uterus for labor. Tea is your ally!
  4. Epsom Salt Baths: Pregnancy Flakes: 2 lbs - Foot/Bath Salts with Pure Magnesium, Alleviates Pregnancy Aches and Pains, Morning Sickness Relief – Pink Stork // These bath salts helped me to relax into hot baths on a regular basis during my pregnancy. I trained Brazilian Jiu Jitsu until I was about 33 weeks pregnant, and these "pregnancy flakes" made my baths so much more soothing on my sore muscles. Additionally, as my baby grew and my organs shifted, my ribs began expanding quite drastically and I found my upper breast-bones to be in pain often. These bath salts soothed my pain so deeply and helped me to nourish myself.
  5. Abhyanga: Self-Massage // This ayurvedic practice is the process of deeply massaging yourself with oil from head to toe. I first started this practice in my late-teens as a means of grounding myself when struggling with anxiety. I learned to connect with my body and pamper it with loving touch. Abhyanga remained an important practice during pregnancy. It assists healthy blood flow, lower blood pressure, decreased anxiety and stress hormones such as cortisol, and and overall better connection with your body. Use your favorite warming oil, and massage in circular motions all over your entire body - including your scalp, the bottoms of your feet, your face, and all over your beautiful pregnant belly!
The Pregnant Spirit
  1. Elemental Birth Rites' Holistic Pregnancy Empowered Birth Course: Holistic Pregnancy: Empowered Birth Course Info Page – Elemental Birth Rites // I will recommend it AGAIN because it was so powerful, not just for my psycho-emotional healing during pregnancy, but for my spirit. This course allowed me to view pregnancy as a sacred Rite of Passage into womanhood, which was integral for understanding and embodying the depth of what I was doing as a woman. It also allowed me to experience my physical symptoms of pregnancy as divine messages from my baby, lessons I needed to learn. My guide, Rachael Jean, encouraged me to see morning sickness as a message - what is my gut teaching me, what do I need to learn from my gut-center on an energetic or spiritual level? These offerings made the course even more potent and helped transcend my pregnancy beyond just physical symptoms. If you purchase this course, use my discount code for an awesome deal: NYALOVE300 to get $300 off the total price!
  2. Meditation // Meditation does not have to look or feel like anything in particular. Simply sitting with your eyes closed and focusing on nothing but your breath can be enough to deepen your spiritual experience of pregnancy through presence and awareness. Entering a state of completely blank consciousness can pave the way for receiving messages from your intuition, your spirit baby, etc. Stay tuned for free guided meditation tracks for pregnancy, birth, and postpartum soon!
  3. Nature // During pregnancy, you get to experience being a portal between worlds; you are slowly over time bringing your baby down to Earth from the spiritual realm/the heavens, which means that you are innately and uniquely connected to the power of the universe! As creatures of the earth in the primal and most biologically natural state of reproduction, we can connect with nature on this primal level quite deeply. Spend as much time outside as you can - observing nature, how other creatures of the earth interact with the Great Mother. Nature is the space where we become re-attuned to our higher Selves, where we can relax and sink into just being. This presence is key to deepening your pregnancy. The elements will guide you in any struggles you are facing or decisions you must make.

 

 
 
 

SUBSCRIBE FOR UPDATES, NEW OFFERS, and MORE!

Subscribe to my e-mail list below to receive exclusive updates from Shakti Rise Healing.

We hate SPAM. We will never sell your information, for any reason.