I have some work to do guys. As much as I have talked and written about self care and even published a self-care guide (sign up for the newsletter to get it) my own self-care is lacking.
On Saturday I attended a childbirth class. I want to start preparing for childbirth because the next 14 weeks are going to fly by and Baby Joy Chaser will be here before I know it. The class was great and I’ll talk more about it in my next YouTube video. However, the class revealed that my self-care is lacking an important aspect and is not on point like I thought.
Basically, the instructor recommended you use relaxation techniques to help you get through the early stages of labor when you are still at home and it is too early for any medication for pain relief. The question she asked was how do you relax when you are in pain or not feeling well. I had no answer. I was clueless. This is mostly due to the blessing of my hardly ever being sick.
The idea expressed in the class is to rely on those relaxation techniques along with the massage techniques they taught us to distract yourself as much as possible from the pain of contractions. The instructor asked questions like what music and scents do you like. My go to answers were things that get me pumped up not relaxed. My normal self-care music is upbeat gospel and hip hop. These styles of music make me feel good, But, they won’t exactly help me relax and breath through contractions. My favorite scents are citrus like lemon and grapefruit which also energize instead of calm. While I do plan to use those scents as aroma therapy during the time to push. That’s not what will be helpful in the beginning hours. If you were about to suggest lavender don’t! I don’t like that smell at all.
So you see I have some self care homework today. Lesson learned even when you think you know exactly what your doing there will always be something that you may have never considered like me with the self-care techniques for when you are in pain or sick.
So what are your go to self-care relaxation techniques for when you are feeling sick or in pain? I’d live to hear from some moms who have given birth. What techniques helped you through those first hours?