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What is important to me during pregnancy to keep balanced?

  • Posted on May 24, 2017 at 3:20 pm

How do I keep myself balanced and full of happiness during pregnancy?

I thought about this question myself as I was asked to write a guest blog post for the Pregnancy Pantry my very dear friend’s website all about clean eating and healthy living during pregnancy —– AND as being very pregnant again myself for the second time it is a question close to my heart at the moment as you can imagine!

 

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I really have a hard time with morning sickness in the first trimester of pregnancy so for me, in that first 3 months it is all about eating well to feel good (or as okay as possible really!). So in that first trimester I recommend really following all the advice Vanessa gives on the pregnancy pantry recipes and blog posts about food because getting enough food into you all day long I found was the key to managing the nausea!

As my gran says there is nothing at all like that nausea in pregnancy so keeping your blood sugars constant, not getting an empty tummy and avoiding foods that trigger heartburn all helped immensely in keeping me on an even keel and keeping my energy levels up when running around after a toddler!

Happiness

As that first trimester passed (and the nausea passed along with it thank goodness!) I had a slightly different focus, keeping it simple: Being happy and healthy.

Whilst eating properly is still important there is another thing that keeps me happy, healthy and balanced now. And that is finding, then keeping going with my own holistic practise.

Pregnancy is and can be for many of us a very emotional time, what with all the hormones running wild round your body to grow a new baby it’s like teenager-hood or pre-menstrual stress all rolled into one!

Especially when you have other children and indeed small toddlers who find it difficult to reason what is going on. So a holistic practise keeps you grounded and gives you the reserves of patience you really need. On a physical level this type of practise that is working for you well will also relax you so that you can wind down and get better rest time and better sleep too. All necessary for happiness throughout the day!!

Honesty

I’ve written Honesty because it is so important to be honest with yourself about what is and isn’t working well for you. This can be really different to what works well when you are not pregnant so keep that in mind that it is a good idea to be flexible and change up what you are doing.

For example a super long relaxing back massage is great as a monthly treat to refresh you, and maybe your practitioner combines this with energy healing like Reiki so you get the benefit of chakra clearing too. But when you are getting bigger and bigger in pregnancy you might need something more regular and need a session every week as the changes build up more stresses in your joints and pelvis than before, and you can’t very well lay on your front for a hour with a big bump! If this sounds like you then try acupunture jointly with a little massage or go for reflexology which is surprisingly incredibly relaxing even though only your feet are being touched!

Most importantly do remember to tell any current or new holistic practitioner about your pregnancy so they can work safely with you and your developing baby.

My own holistic practise is centred more around yoga and I know that Vanessa has already written about the benefits of yoga in pregnancy so you can read up about that on her Yoga blog on her Pregnancy Pantry website. However I’d like to share with you how I had to really adapt the yoga that I already knew when I became pregnant.

Kindness

It can become quite hard to carry out a spiritual practise such as yoga and meditation regularly when you find out you are expecting. HAVE to mention it again but morning sickness can sap so much out of you it becomes hard to simply function, go to work, feed yourself and organise the first child (or children!) that you feel wiped out and can stop going to your yoga class or stop doing your own yoga at home so much.

Then you beat yourself up about not doing what you know is good for you – I’ve been through this myself so I understand about just needing to rest to get through the day. In fact I’ve actually been through a process a number of times knowing I need to do more of my own holistic practise when life changed and became incredibly busy or different and I worked out a number of ways of making it easy to carry on with my own yoga every day.

Being kind to yourself and respecting your limits is very important in managing to fit in your holistic practise regularly.

With doing yoga in pregnancy its so helpful to keep it up regularly to keep fit and supple for the birth. However I found there were so many positions in yoga that I couldn’t do or didn’t enjoy being pregnant the first time round I was at a loss as to what to do? Laying on my back with morning sickness made me feel worse. Any sitting positions bending forward or laying on my front then also became a no-no!

Second time round with baby number two on the way I have learnt a variety of good ante-natal yoga techniques from an experienced yoga teacher (who had 4 babies!). I also discovered a great book called “New Active Birth” by Jane Balaskas. And although I would not swap personal training in yoga with reading from a book, if you are already quite experienced in yoga this will guide you how to tailor your yoga for pregnancy AND help with the birthing process too.

 

 

Love from your soul self

  • Posted on March 15, 2017 at 3:34 pm

Love from your soul self is so important because we would all like to feel loved and valued all the time. We would like our lives to have a meaning and purpose that is important to us.

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When we feel loved and valued we feel more deeply that we have purpose. If we are loved (and FEEL loved) we also feel that we are valuable.

If we make the mistake of listening purely to our own emotional body and our emotional state that naturally goes up and down in cycles, we aren’t feeling the whole truth. We can then easily feel that people in our families don’t love us if our emotional state is in a lower position. We can have bad weeks because of this feeling of not being loved and valued.

One of the biggest problems we face in relationships is when arguments happen that do not get sorted out. This leads to bigger problems! Conflict and different opinions are normal parts of life as we all have different viewpoints however arguments can be a real problem if we don’t feel loved and valued – in those emotional troughs especially because we lash out in anger and don’t communicate productively to get arguments resolved before they carry on too long and RESENTMENT builds up.

Resentment is not a feeling of love and blocks the flow of love too.

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Love from our soul self helps us to avoid resentment. When we can be more in alignment with our soul self we can receive more love from our soul self. We are able to feel a range of appropriate emotions but we don’t sink into anger or pain so much that we project this anger outwards at people we love.

We are open and balanced at the throat chakra to be able to tell our views but in a way that is in the highest good of all – what does than mean you might ask? It means with kindness so as not to hurt or wound, assertive but not acid, full of emotion but with a purpose. We can pitch the level of our views so we say it in a way that 1) achieves a resolution and 2) lets our views be known and received most easily.

Feeling more love from your soul self allows us to keep in mind the outcome that we want to achieve with our loved ones.

Feeling more love from your soul self comes from being more in alignment with your soul self. Finding out about your soul self and the divine gifts your soul has in your DNA and soul “blueprint” means you will feel more love from your soul self for YOU! As you move step by step more into alignment with your soul self more and more love flows through from the divine 🙂

Hurrah to that!

Love, light and truth to you all xxxxx

Jennifer

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Your Reading for January 2017

  • Posted on January 12, 2017 at 11:45 am

The purpose of this reading for you, my tribe, at Balance On Purpose (yes that’s you if you are reading this!) is to help increase love and light flow to each person from the Divine, and to help 2017 be a fresh conduit of new opportunities and new starts for your highest divine good.

What a fabulous opportunity this is to balance up by letting go of the past year 2016 and be in the moment right now. I hope you are thinking of all the wonderful things you would like to experience next?

I know many of you started a fresh even before the 1st of January! Your juicers were out and intentions were made for healthier eating – for example “Veganuary” has been really popular to go vegan for one month in January and learn lots of new recipes! I am cooking vegan at least once a week and baking some vegan brownies for my friends to try.

Delve more deeply into your intentions. Consider those that you have already made over the last year or two. Now we have entered into the age of Aquarius your own powers of inner knowing come into play more. You don’t need to do more research first – you know what to do. Push yourself to go to the next level. You will find now you have a “fresh pair of eyes” to see beyond the everyday and the obvious. You are going to connect more to your higher self and your intuition without having a to work hard at it. This is by more easily recognising the signs of what is in your highest path and purpose.

As you read this, know that I am sending you some sunshine energy, you are alive, you are resilient! May this sunniness help you to clearly see this and guide you when you are ill or off the path of your highest good and possibly feeling low with the lack of light this time of year.

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Sunshine!

This month you should take a softer, gentler view of yourself. Do seek guidance from your sacred sisters – those relationships with people that inspire and encourage you. I ask you to find your beautiful things – NOT just pretty in looks but beautiful because they raise you up. I bought some inspired art writing sets based upon the museum of art and design the Victoria and Albert museum in London. Gorgeous to look at for me and lovely to receive a handwritten note.

Our feelings this month will be more harmonius if we can be contented and feel secure not by stockpiling goods, but by being more adaptable. If we have good coping strategies and social networks we don’t need lots of physical items around us. Which makes it easier to grow and change. Further into the age of Aquarius the more adaptable we will become. In contrast to the age of Pisces we’ve just left when it was more important to stock pile to get through the years safely. We are no longer worried over the next meal to put on the table or how to afford next weeks shopping but we have created our own systems that mean we can always eat well. We also go out and actively seek work that inspires us instead of staying in the same job for many many years for security. The importance of our social networks for support is back as a priority. Local people looking after each other. Sharing, caring! You will enjoy finding your way back to some more natural rhythms. Producing seasonal veg and sharing excess crops with your families. Also I really do support to share with each other your problems early on. So you can get support and sort things out before it becomes a difficulty. Rather than waiting until after the event and by then its been a bigger problem than necesary. I can see us all being more the powerful creators and resolving conflicts before they get too big.

Remember: we set resolutions not because we are bad people and need to fix something. BUT because we would like to having more ongoing contentment and inner glows! AND because we are good people making a difference to others around us as well.

As a double Sagittarius (sun and moon) I often shoot my arrows to the highest vision that I can imagine. And I’m quite good and visualisation and seeing this in my mind’s eye to help get there. But each small step and each new beginning is what actually pushes us forward. No achievement is ever too small to be rejoiced! Every new step or new beginning is really valuable. I see alot of people put themselves down as they fall short of their perfect ideals, but what is perfect – it is not the same idea for everyone so no one thing is perfect.
Use this new start to take one new step towards your next level of contentment 🙂

Don’t forget the Solstice sale on my Soul Realignment readings end January 31st – one third off the regular investment price!

 

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Love and light

Jennifer
Balance On Purpose
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