Coaching for Pregnancy
Coaching is intended to empower you and is complementary to your work with an OBGYN, Midwife, Doula or GP. As a Wellness Coach and trained Counsellor, I can supply you with the vital information and resources you need to have an empowered journey from pregnancy through to post-partum.
I have been honoured to witness and coach many beautiful pregnant women through their pregnancies from pre-conception through to post-partum (the fourth trimester!).
During my own pregnancy I have my own online birth coach and her knowledge and support was invaluable to me.
There are so many elements of pregnancy to consider, and where many women fall short (including myself) is in preparation for the experience of pregnancy itself.
We focus (perhaps too heavily) on conception without considering the minefield of information that exists around the experience of pregnancy itself.
Even though there are a whole nine months to wait to meet your baby, everything happens so fast!
Many women become overwhelmed when it comes to how to establish the best outcome for self and baby, especially in early pregnancy when most of the vital organs are forming. Pregnant women might feel that they are playing catch-up as they rally to learn about how nutrition, exercise and emotions affect their health and baby’s development.
There is a vast difference between healthcare and taking care of your wellness. In the first trimester (the most crucial time for the development of your baby) Doctors appointments are often quick and lacking in information. As a newly pregnant mum-to-be, you will often find yourself too busy navigating nausea, fatigue and daily commitments to read the literature available.
Having a wellness coach in the early stages of your pregnancy and can help you to gain a sense of control and to feel empowered when everything around you is changing!
Vital Elements of wellness to consider during pregnancy:
- Nutrition and diet
- Weight management and blood sugar management
- Exercise variations on your routine as well as yoga for strengthening muscles needed for birthing.
- Pelvic floor exercise for smooth delivery and continence after birth
- Mindfulness and Meditation in preparation for a calm birth
- Breathing techniques for a peaceful, controlled birth.
- Preparation for an empowered birth, including birth plan creation.
Did you know that fear can lead to a delayed, more prolonged labour?
If you believe that birth is going to be painful, you might put yourself through emotional trauma in the build-up and set yourself up to experience what you expect.
Pregnancy can trigger deep-seated fears held within the subconscious mind. The experience of pregnancy can take a person back to our own time spent in the womb. It can also trigger anxiety related to our personal birth experience or the experiences and fears that our mother harboured while we were in the womb. Bringing the reasons for these fears into conscious awareness can allow you to move forward with understanding and acceptance.
Many women fear the pain associated with labour and birth. Kinesiology can help with the management of pain based associations helping to remove the emotionally associated stress making discomfort more manageable on an emotional and physical level.
Kinesiology and other tools can help access the subconscious mind. Integrating statements and affirmations such as ‘giving birth is an enjoyable, easy experience’, help us to both consciously and subconsciously believe that this can be the case.
There is no need to fear birth. Your precious energy during this time is better spent nurturing and nourishing yourself so that your child enters into a world of love, not fear.
The more empowered you feel, the more clearly you will manage fear and make empowered choices leading you into a safer, less scary labour. Coaching is all about empowering you to be in control whatever birthing experience you may have.
Vital Elements of wellness to consider during birth:
- Your preferences for birth and newborn care
- How to manage the stages of labour
- How to manage interventions
- Your support team and their roles
The post-partum period (or 12 weeks after birth) is considered in the wellness profession to be the fourth trimester. It is a time when you need to recover energy and strength so that you can best care for your baby.
Too often in the western world, women are guilted into getting back on their feet and back to work before they are ready. You may be resilient, but, you are also most likely the most vulnerable you have ever been at this time.
Knowing that you have nothing to prove can help you to set healthy boundaries and take care of yourself.
Vital Elements of wellness to consider post-partum:
- Nutrition and diet
- Managing relationships
- Managing babies routine and preferences
- Online support and counselling for moments of overwhelm at home.
Want to know more?
Book in for a free fifteen-minute phone conversation to find out how Wellness Coaching can help you navigate your pregnancy or book your first online Wellness Coaching session now.
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Kristen is a holistic wellness professional.
A qualified Kinesiologist, Counsellor, Coach, Yoga and Meditation instructor, Kristen has been helping people with their physical, emotional and spiritual journeys for 13 years.
Kristen’s professional approach, dedication, and enthusiasm have helped hundreds of people break through limitations in their personal and professional lives.
Kristen specialises in working with the power of the subconscious mind to uncover the underlying cause of blockage and dis-ease, offering a highly individualised service to help our clients to live consciously, awaken their potential and discover their purpose.
Kristen’s passion is helping you to achieve inner peace, purpose and clarity by discovering your unique truth and working towards your highest potential. Her personal belief is that everything we create in our life comes back to our attitudes, beliefs and behaviours, most of which we are not consciously aware of. Her vocational appetite is for exploring the subconscious mind (including dreams) to help her clients achieve happiness, discover their unique truth and work towards their highest potential. Her goal is to her clients to create vibrant, dynamic purpose-driven lives.