Whew, these last two weeks have been really tough! I have been continually feeling more tired. My husband has been out of town on retreat for the last week, and my son hasn’t started school yet. This equals one tired pregnant momma. I don’t mean to focus on the negative side, but I think it’s okay to admit that sometimes it can be hard and overwhelming to be pregnant. I also remember from the last pregnancy that even without a 2 ½ year old, these few weeks may have been my hardest during the pregnancy. The fatigue is tough. I know it's normal, but it's hard to be so tired. So what does Ayurveda say about rest during these first few months? I find it re-assuring that Ayurveda recommends allowing the body to rest during this precious time and allow the body to do what it KNOWS how to do, unimpeded. Charaka recommends allowing changes to unfold without putting any barriers or road blocks in the way. To me this means nourishing ourselves, and resting without any guilt.
In Ayurveda, the texts further suggest avoiding massage, sex, long road trips, hot baths, exposure to toxic substances, radiation, and even too much yoga or exercise. During this time, if you are like me, you might naturally notice that you don't want to do much, and even yoga seems too intense. According to Ayurveda, and my personal opinion, we need to honor this!! If you really want to be active try some gentle meditation or walking.
Yoga Nidra really is currently my best friend! I love Rod Stryker, introduced to me by Sunny’s husband Daneal during Ayurvedic school. If you are looking for a free version I recorded a 20 minute version, I am happy to send along. Just drop us a note and we will forward it.
As always we would love to hear from you!
With Love, Kerry