Honeymoon trimester...

Honeymoon trimester...

People always say that the second trimester of pregnancy is the 'honeymoon period'. Well, if my recent experience had been an actual honeymoon, I'd be leaving a scathing review on the resort's TripAdvisor page.
My 'honeymoon' trimester kicked off with a debilitating and rather frightening spell of pregnancy-related vertigo (I didn't even know that was a thing!). Then I spent the rest of the time struggling to stay comfortable in the sweltering heat - not helped by the ugly, thick support stockings I need to wear.
I was beginning to resign myself to the fact that I was simply not going to enjoy this pregnancy as much as I'd hoped to.
But then, pretty much as soon as I hit my third trimester, things suddenly got better. Yes the temperature has dropped, which helped, but instead of feeling tired and uncomfortable as most people do towards the end of pregnancy, I felt the best I have throughout my whole gestation so far.
Then it suddenly occurred to me that I'm 29 weeks, which was the stage in my first pregnancy that I began the Babies in Waiting hypnobirthing course. And the more I thought about it, the reason I've been feeling so good is that all my Hypno knowledge has somehow unlocked itself from my subconscious; I've noticed, for example, that my breathing automatically changes whenever I feel the tightening sensations of my 'practice surges'.
Although I've long been a believer of the power of hypnosis, it still took me by surprise how my mind could go into autopilot and provide me the coping skills I need when I need them the most. And when I recently received a bemused response after mentioning to a relative how much I was looking forward to my birth, I realised just how lucky I am that I have those skills.
It may have come later than I'd hoped, but what I learned on that course four years ago has once again helped me make the most of my pregnancy journey. Now instead of counting down the days until baby is out and in my arms, I'm now determined to put all my hypnobirthing skills to good use and cherish every moment of these precious last few weeks.

Guest blog written by Rebecca Grant (Babies in Waiting Hypnobirthing Mummy)
(Picture from my actual honeymoon)