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Just soaking in all the newborn sweetness. πŸ’—
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Thanks for the sneak peak @shelbybrakkenphotography 😘 ・・・
new life β™₯︎ in the pdx.
#oxytocinvibes #newbornphotography #8daysold #soinlove #geronimomoon #4thtrimester #mamamalas
First time back in my mat since giving birth. I can't believe this little guy is 1 week old already. πŸŒ€πŸŒ™
Taking it super easy, even though my body feels like it could take on more. Just a little neck release with the block, some neck and shoulder work on the yoga tune up ball, a restorative psoas release, neck circles and some alternate nostril breathing. So good. πŸ™ŒπŸ’™πŸ˜ŠπŸŒ€
#postpartumyoga #1weekold #restorativeyoga #pranayama #radicalselfcare #babyyoga #mamababyyoga #takebackpostpartum #4thtrimester #4thtriyoga
First time back in my mat since giving birth. I can't believe this little guy is 1 week old already. πŸŒ€πŸŒ™ Taking it super easy, even though my body feels like it could take on more. Just a little neck release with the block, some neck and shoulder work on the yoga tune up ball, a restorative psoas release, neck circles and some alternate nostril breathing. So good. πŸ™ŒπŸ’™πŸ˜ŠπŸŒ€ #postpartumyoga  #1weekold  #restorativeyoga  #pranayama  #radicalselfcare  #babyyoga  #mamababyyoga  #takebackpostpartum  #4thtrimester  #4thtriyoga 
6 days old...and already 2oz over his birth weight. Way to go baby boy! πŸ™Œ
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I have been remembering back to our 2 previous postpartum experiences and thinking about the craziness of trying to make into the clinics right after giving birth for all the baby visits and the stress that it caused. This time around, it has been such a treat to have home visits with our midwives for the first week. And not only are they checking in on baby, but they are there to make sure I'm doing ok too, because #maternalhealth matters too, right?! I cannot say enough good things about the care I've received through Alma and feel so much gratitude for all their thoughtful support throughout this tender time. βœ¨πŸŒ€πŸŒ™ #almamidwifery #geronimomoon #birthwithoutfear #4thtrimester #takebackpostpartum #midwivesrock
6 days old...and already 2oz over his birth weight. Way to go baby boy! πŸ™Œ πŸŒ€βœ¨πŸŒ€ I have been remembering back to our 2 previous postpartum experiences and thinking about the craziness of trying to make into the clinics right after giving birth for all the baby visits and the stress that it caused. This time around, it has been such a treat to have home visits with our midwives for the first week. And not only are they checking in on baby, but they are there to make sure I'm doing ok too, because #maternalhealth  matters too, right?! I cannot say enough good things about the care I've received through Alma and feel so much gratitude for all their thoughtful support throughout this tender time. βœ¨πŸŒ€πŸŒ™ #almamidwifery  #geronimomoon  #birthwithoutfear  #4thtrimester  #takebackpostpartum  #midwivesrock 
✨ 3 days new ::: 3 days post birth πŸŒ™
Also known as the "leaky/weepy" day, which has been 100% true for me. I would have been 41 weeks today. My milk came in last night. I took my first shower since birth and cried the whole time, for no specific reason, other than feeling totally overwhelmed by the preceding few days and all the raw beauty and power I had experienced. πŸŒ™πŸŒ‘βœ¨
The first 2 days after birth were filled with such endorphins, I felt like I could do just about anything, but also recognized that taking it easy was important. Tried to go for a walk to our park on day 3, and while it was physically comfortable, I still felt so emotionally tender, like walking around with an open wound, we quickly decided to return home. πŸŒ˜πŸŒ‘πŸŒ’
I am amazed at how strong my body feels at this point. Though I'm sore in some unexpected places, like my shoulders are still so tense, I think from bracing myself against the side of the tub during labor. And even though I feel physically well, if I have learned anything throughout this 3rd pregnancy and birth, it has been to listen to my intuition and T R U S T it, so I'm letting the waves of emotions rise and fall, staying close to home, asking for help when I need it, and saying "no thanks" when I need to as well. Also, feeling all the feelings about this last child and the sadness and joy of going through all these fleeting phases one last time. And oh my goodness, newborn snuggles are so delicious, just breathing it all in. πŸ’—βœ¨πŸŒ™
Dated: 9/17/17 
#takebackpostpartum #4thtrimester #motherhoodunplugged #3daysold #handfulbra #bodypositive #postpartumrealness #geronimomoon
✨ 3 days new ::: 3 days post birth πŸŒ™ Also known as the "leaky/weepy" day, which has been 100% true for me. I would have been 41 weeks today. My milk came in last night. I took my first shower since birth and cried the whole time, for no specific reason, other than feeling totally overwhelmed by the preceding few days and all the raw beauty and power I had experienced. πŸŒ™πŸŒ‘βœ¨ The first 2 days after birth were filled with such endorphins, I felt like I could do just about anything, but also recognized that taking it easy was important. Tried to go for a walk to our park on day 3, and while it was physically comfortable, I still felt so emotionally tender, like walking around with an open wound, we quickly decided to return home. πŸŒ˜πŸŒ‘πŸŒ’ I am amazed at how strong my body feels at this point. Though I'm sore in some unexpected places, like my shoulders are still so tense, I think from bracing myself against the side of the tub during labor. And even though I feel physically well, if I have learned anything throughout this 3rd pregnancy and birth, it has been to listen to my intuition and T R U S T it, so I'm letting the waves of emotions rise and fall, staying close to home, asking for help when I need it, and saying "no thanks" when I need to as well. Also, feeling all the feelings about this last child and the sadness and joy of going through all these fleeting phases one last time. And oh my goodness, newborn snuggles are so delicious, just breathing it all in. πŸ’—βœ¨πŸŒ™ Dated: 9/17/17 #takebackpostpartum  #4thtrimester  #motherhoodunplugged  #3daysold  #handfulbra  #bodypositive  #postpartumrealness  #geronimomoon 
{birth story continued from previous post}
The next 1.5 hours were filled will getting to know birth and a room filled with trust and support from my amazing care team. My moments of doubt, like when I felt like "baby's not coming down", were received with encouragement and wisdom, as they asked me to see if I could feel babies head with my hand, which I could(!), just an inch or so away from crowning. The sensations were intense and commanding, but birth in her wisdom and rhythm gave me lots of space to rest between the waves. The midwives checked in on baby every few contractions with the doppler, in the most respectful and non-invasive way, and baby always sounded great. πŸ”΅βœ¨πŸŒ€
As he crowned the bag of waters finally released with an audible pop (he was almost born en caul). He needed a little support to move his shoulders through, and then they passed him through my legs and I brought him to my chest. And he was there, and we had done it, all of us together. Words cannot describe the beauty, relief, joy and heart exploding love in those moments. But I'm beyond grateful for this experience...to have the opportunity to stand in awe of birth once more, to have felt the sweet support of midwives who treated me like a goddess and now to be home resting and recovering with my incredible family. My husband and I have just been marveling at how it all worked out and was beyond anything we could have hoped or expected. πŸŒ™πŸŒ€βœ¨
#pregomargot #geronimomoon #birthstory #yogawaytobirth #waterbirth #mindfulbirth #birthwithoutfear #almamidwifery
{birth story continued from previous post} The next 1.5 hours were filled will getting to know birth and a room filled with trust and support from my amazing care team. My moments of doubt, like when I felt like "baby's not coming down", were received with encouragement and wisdom, as they asked me to see if I could feel babies head with my hand, which I could(!), just an inch or so away from crowning. The sensations were intense and commanding, but birth in her wisdom and rhythm gave me lots of space to rest between the waves. The midwives checked in on baby every few contractions with the doppler, in the most respectful and non-invasive way, and baby always sounded great. πŸ”΅βœ¨πŸŒ€ As he crowned the bag of waters finally released with an audible pop (he was almost born en caul). He needed a little support to move his shoulders through, and then they passed him through my legs and I brought him to my chest. And he was there, and we had done it, all of us together. Words cannot describe the beauty, relief, joy and heart exploding love in those moments. But I'm beyond grateful for this experience...to have the opportunity to stand in awe of birth once more, to have felt the sweet support of midwives who treated me like a goddess and now to be home resting and recovering with my incredible family. My husband and I have just been marveling at how it all worked out and was beyond anything we could have hoped or expected. πŸŒ™πŸŒ€βœ¨ #pregomargot  #geronimomoon  #birthstory  #yogawaytobirth  #waterbirth  #mindfulbirth  #birthwithoutfear  #almamidwifery 
Labor arrived early Thursday morning. By 5:30am, I decided there might be a regular rhythm to what was happening, and started timing some surges, they were 1 minute long and coming every 7-10 minutes. About 30 min later, I vomited from the strength of a contraction, and woke my husband up. He started loading the car and getting our 2 boys ready for school and a possible night with their Nana and Papa. I let my mom and sister know what was happening, figured we'd be at home for a while, and my husband could get the boys off the school, while I labored at home. We called the birth center and let them know what was happening. βœ¨πŸŒ€βœ¨
By 7am, waves were coming every 3-4 minutes and required my full attention, focus and breath. My oldest excitedly held my hand through a contraction and said "we're going to have the baby today!" We had a quick change of plans because of the quickening progression, and my mom headed over to pick up the boys around 7:30. My husband recognized the changes in my demeanor, the familiar sounds of transition and I began to feel chilled an a little shaky. He told me we're going to the birth center now, and helped me get some clothes on, and we were out the door by 8am, just on time for the morning rush hour. πŸ”΅πŸŒ€πŸ”΅
We arrived at the birth center just as I was feeling urges to bear down...the whole while I doubted that I could be that far along already. As we pulled up, we were greeted at our car by a midwife and rode the next surge right there outside the car, and she remarked "it sounds like you're starting to push". We made it inside to the Lilly room that was all prepped with dim lights, candles lit and the tub filling. I headed right for the toilet for a few waves and then was in the tub by 8:30am. πŸŒ™πŸŒ€βœ¨
This is my last picture of being pregnant and only picture of active labor. {birth story continued in the next post}
#pregomargot #geronimomoon #almamidwifery #yogawaytobirth #birthwithoutfear #birthstory #handfulbra #empoweredbirthproject #mindfulbirth
Labor arrived early Thursday morning. By 5:30am, I decided there might be a regular rhythm to what was happening, and started timing some surges, they were 1 minute long and coming every 7-10 minutes. About 30 min later, I vomited from the strength of a contraction, and woke my husband up. He started loading the car and getting our 2 boys ready for school and a possible night with their Nana and Papa. I let my mom and sister know what was happening, figured we'd be at home for a while, and my husband could get the boys off the school, while I labored at home. We called the birth center and let them know what was happening. βœ¨πŸŒ€βœ¨ By 7am, waves were coming every 3-4 minutes and required my full attention, focus and breath. My oldest excitedly held my hand through a contraction and said "we're going to have the baby today!" We had a quick change of plans because of the quickening progression, and my mom headed over to pick up the boys around 7:30. My husband recognized the changes in my demeanor, the familiar sounds of transition and I began to feel chilled an a little shaky. He told me we're going to the birth center now, and helped me get some clothes on, and we were out the door by 8am, just on time for the morning rush hour. πŸ”΅πŸŒ€πŸ”΅ We arrived at the birth center just as I was feeling urges to bear down...the whole while I doubted that I could be that far along already. As we pulled up, we were greeted at our car by a midwife and rode the next surge right there outside the car, and she remarked "it sounds like you're starting to push". We made it inside to the Lilly room that was all prepped with dim lights, candles lit and the tub filling. I headed right for the toilet for a few waves and then was in the tub by 8:30am. πŸŒ™πŸŒ€βœ¨ This is my last picture of being pregnant and only picture of active labor. {birth story continued in the next post} #pregomargot  #geronimomoon  #almamidwifery  #yogawaytobirth  #birthwithoutfear  #birthstory  #handfulbra  #empoweredbirthproject  #mindfulbirth 
40 WEEKS ::: happily celebrated my due date with a full prenatal yoga class on Sunday, the perfect way to commemorate the day. Then I went to work on Monday and Wednesday, thinking it was good to just keep busy. But I think I know why it used to be called "estimated date of confinement", because I don't really want to see anyone, besides my family and close friends and really don't want to answer any more questions about whether baby is on his way. So I'm officially on maternity leave as of Wednesday, and hunkering down a bit. πŸŒ˜πŸŒ€
Feeling like a good cry was needed, I found voice for my worries and all the emotions rising to the surface during my midwife appointment on Wednesday afternoon and let the flood gates open. It was an essential release. And my tears were received by only sweet empathy and support. Also started discussing ways to help support labor, and through a cervical check, learned I was 3cm dilated, still 80% effaced and baby is at +2 station. We did a membrane sweep, and the midwife remarked "it was a good one". And between the emotional release and the membrane sweep, that seemed like enough to loosen everything enough for birth to arrive. So this is where my weekly updates end, 40 weeks and 4 days. More to come...
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#pregomargot #GeronimoMoon #birthwithoutfear #birthwithconfidence #bumppositive #3rdtrimester #3rdpregnancy #babynumber3 #handfulbra
40 WEEKS ::: happily celebrated my due date with a full prenatal yoga class on Sunday, the perfect way to commemorate the day. Then I went to work on Monday and Wednesday, thinking it was good to just keep busy. But I think I know why it used to be called "estimated date of confinement", because I don't really want to see anyone, besides my family and close friends and really don't want to answer any more questions about whether baby is on his way. So I'm officially on maternity leave as of Wednesday, and hunkering down a bit. πŸŒ˜πŸŒ€ Feeling like a good cry was needed, I found voice for my worries and all the emotions rising to the surface during my midwife appointment on Wednesday afternoon and let the flood gates open. It was an essential release. And my tears were received by only sweet empathy and support. Also started discussing ways to help support labor, and through a cervical check, learned I was 3cm dilated, still 80% effaced and baby is at +2 station. We did a membrane sweep, and the midwife remarked "it was a good one". And between the emotional release and the membrane sweep, that seemed like enough to loosen everything enough for birth to arrive. So this is where my weekly updates end, 40 weeks and 4 days. More to come... πŸŒ’πŸŒ€ . . . . #pregomargot  #GeronimoMoon  #birthwithoutfear  #birthwithconfidence  #bumppositive  #3rdtrimester  #3rdpregnancy  #babynumber3  #handfulbra 
The circles of women around us weave invisible nets of love that carry us when we’re weak, and sing with us when we are strong. - Sark
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Feeling all the strength of my nearest and dearest ones, as captured in these cards made by the sweet women who came to my blessing way last month. And loving all the sweet messages of encouragement that I have been able carry with me through this experience. 
#pregomargot #geronimomoon #almamidwifery #blessingway #birthaffirmation
The circles of women around us weave invisible nets of love that carry us when we’re weak, and sing with us when we are strong. - Sark ✨ Feeling all the strength of my nearest and dearest ones, as captured in these cards made by the sweet women who came to my blessing way last month. And loving all the sweet messages of encouragement that I have been able carry with me through this experience. #pregomargot  #geronimomoon  #almamidwifery  #blessingway  #birthaffirmation 
"In actuality, there is never any such thing as solid ground, but strapped securely inside our heads, where we live most of the time, things seem pretty predictable and safe. We think we are the captain of the ship. We are prepared to steer, to give orders, and to reach our intended destination just the way we want to. How we fear our navigational errors! How earnestly we aim!  When you go into labor, you see that you are not the captain of the ship. You are the ship. There is no captain. There are only the waves."
~Karen Maizen Miller, Mama Zen
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DAY 3 #EvolveYourFlow πŸ’«πŸŒ™βœ¨
revolved half moon πŸŒ—πŸŒ€
AKA parivrtta ardha chandrasana
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HOSTS:
@gordonogden 
@kateswarm 
@thegivingmom 
@carrot_bowl_bonnie 
SPONSOR:
@evolvefitwear - Four $50 Gift Certificates
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#pregomargot #yogagirlchallenge #pregnancy #40weekspregnant #40weeks #backyardyoga #yogawithkids #childhoodunplugged #boymom #birthquotes #birthinspiration #mindfulbirth #yogawaytobirth #mamazen
"In actuality, there is never any such thing as solid ground, but strapped securely inside our heads, where we live most of the time, things seem pretty predictable and safe. We think we are the captain of the ship. We are prepared to steer, to give orders, and to reach our intended destination just the way we want to. How we fear our navigational errors! How earnestly we aim! When you go into labor, you see that you are not the captain of the ship. You are the ship. There is no captain. There are only the waves." ~Karen Maizen Miller, Mama Zen β€’ DAY 3 #EvolveYourFlow  πŸ’«πŸŒ™βœ¨ revolved half moon πŸŒ—πŸŒ€ AKA parivrtta ardha chandrasana β€’ HOSTS: @gordonogden @kateswarm @thegivingmom @carrot_bowl_bonnie SPONSOR: @evolvefitwear - Four $50 Gift Certificates β€’ #pregomargot  #yogagirlchallenge  #pregnancy  #40weekspregnant  #40weeks  #backyardyoga  #yogawithkids  #childhoodunplugged  #boymom  #birthquotes  #birthinspiration  #mindfulbirth  #yogawaytobirth  #mamazen 
β€œIn this way, every birth is a natural birth: each of us is part of nature, not separate from it, and nature is always stunning in its variety. Your birth, then, is part of the natural world, however it unfolds." ~Lauralyn Curtis
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DAY 2 #EvolveYourFlow πŸ’«πŸŒ™βœ¨
extended side angle pose πŸŒ€
AKA utthita parsvakonasana β€’
HOSTS:
@gordonogden 
@kateswarm 
@thegivingmom 
@carrot_bowl_bonnie 
SPONSOR:
@evolvefitwear - Four $50 Gift Certificates
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#pregomargot #yogagirlchallenge #pregnancy #40weekspregnant #40weeks
#birthquotes #birthinspiration #backyardyoga #birthwithoutfear
β€œIn this way, every birth is a natural birth: each of us is part of nature, not separate from it, and nature is always stunning in its variety. Your birth, then, is part of the natural world, however it unfolds." ~Lauralyn Curtis β€’ DAY 2 #EvolveYourFlow  πŸ’«πŸŒ™βœ¨ extended side angle pose πŸŒ€ AKA utthita parsvakonasana β€’ HOSTS: @gordonogden @kateswarm @thegivingmom @carrot_bowl_bonnie SPONSOR: @evolvefitwear - Four $50 Gift Certificates β€’ #pregomargot  #yogagirlchallenge  #pregnancy  #40weekspregnant  #40weeks  #birthquotes  #birthinspiration  #backyardyoga  #birthwithoutfear 
Cuz what else can you do when you're 40 weeks pregnant, but join some of your favorite Oregon yogis for a #yogachallenge and share some of your favorite birth quotes. β€’
β€œAlways remember that children are born exactly the way they need to be born. We are born into this lifetime to grow, and it only through experience that we grow. Once labor starts, the process is bigger than any one person’s plan. Sometimes a soul coming through needs a certain experience for its journey, or maybe the mother needs it for hers, or the father needs it for his. We call it a complication, but it is a thread among the many thousands of threads that create the rich tapestry of life.” ~ Gurmukh, Bountiful, Beautiful, Blissful β€’
DAY 1 #EvolveYourFlow
CRESCENT πŸŒ™ LUNGE 
AKA High Lunge
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HOSTS:
@gordonogden 
@kateswarm 
@thegivingmom 
@carrot_bowl_bonnie 
SPONSOR:
@evolvefitwear - Four $50 Gift Certificates
#pregomargot #morningyoga #pajamayoga #gurmukh #birthinspiration #yogagirlchallenge
Cuz what else can you do when you're 40 weeks pregnant, but join some of your favorite Oregon yogis for a #yogachallenge  and share some of your favorite birth quotes. β€’ β€œAlways remember that children are born exactly the way they need to be born. We are born into this lifetime to grow, and it only through experience that we grow. Once labor starts, the process is bigger than any one person’s plan. Sometimes a soul coming through needs a certain experience for its journey, or maybe the mother needs it for hers, or the father needs it for his. We call it a complication, but it is a thread among the many thousands of threads that create the rich tapestry of life.” ~ Gurmukh, Bountiful, Beautiful, Blissful β€’ DAY 1 #EvolveYourFlow  CRESCENT πŸŒ™ LUNGE AKA High Lunge β€’ HOSTS: @gordonogden @kateswarm @thegivingmom @carrot_bowl_bonnie SPONSOR: @evolvefitwear - Four $50 Gift Certificates #pregomargot  #morningyoga  #pajamayoga  #gurmukh  #birthinspiration  #yogagirlchallenge 
Happy due date to me and this little guy, nicknamed by his big brothers, Geronimo Moon. πŸŒ™βœ¨
Taught my last prenatal class for a while, because even though birth has her own timeline, you gotta tie up loose ends and let go to make space for her to arrive at some point. Practicing saying "yes", to the extra help and support that is offered and yes to openness and vastness of the moment. Moving and breathing rhythmically, resting in the spaces in between. πŸŒ€πŸ’™βœ¨
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#pregomargot #geronimomoon #yogapearl #40weekspregnant #40weeks #yogawaytobirth #mindfulbirth #mindfulmovement #duedate #itsaguessdatenotaduedate #onestrongmama #yogagirlchallenge
Happy due date to me and this little guy, nicknamed by his big brothers, Geronimo Moon. πŸŒ™βœ¨ Taught my last prenatal class for a while, because even though birth has her own timeline, you gotta tie up loose ends and let go to make space for her to arrive at some point. Practicing saying "yes", to the extra help and support that is offered and yes to openness and vastness of the moment. Moving and breathing rhythmically, resting in the spaces in between. πŸŒ€πŸ’™βœ¨ --------------------------- #pregomargot  #geronimomoon  #yogapearl  #40weekspregnant  #40weeks  #yogawaytobirth  #mindfulbirth  #mindfulmovement  #duedate  #itsaguessdatenotaduedate  #onestrongmama  #yogagirlchallenge 
39 WEEKS ::: last official week of work (though I may return for a couple days next week, depending on how I feel). The bags for the birth center are nearly packed. My oldest started kindergarten, my 2nd started preschool. Phew! And we are all doing very well with multiple transitions and gosh it feels great to have some routine again. ✨
At my midwife appointment, her first question was, "how is your spirit?" πŸ’— What a perfect question for a woman nearing her due date. And truth is, my spirits are good. Wavering from energized to fatigue, but still able to rest well, and feeling very patient with my body and this baby (though ask me again in a week and it may feel different). Still feeling strong and mobile. Just normal aches. Baby is active, and was in a LOA position at my appointment, but I'm sure is still wiggling around a lot. ✨
I know these last few weeks can be a little bit of a mind game. Honestly, the hardest part is fielding other people's anxieties and not absorbing them. Continuing to work on returning to my body's wisdom and intuition and leaning into trust. .
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#pregomargot #GeronimoMoon #birthwithoutfear #birthwithconfidence #bumppositive #3rdtrimester #3rdpregnancy #babynumber3 #birthispatient #39weekspregnant #39weeks #handfulbra
39 WEEKS ::: last official week of work (though I may return for a couple days next week, depending on how I feel). The bags for the birth center are nearly packed. My oldest started kindergarten, my 2nd started preschool. Phew! And we are all doing very well with multiple transitions and gosh it feels great to have some routine again. ✨ At my midwife appointment, her first question was, "how is your spirit?" πŸ’— What a perfect question for a woman nearing her due date. And truth is, my spirits are good. Wavering from energized to fatigue, but still able to rest well, and feeling very patient with my body and this baby (though ask me again in a week and it may feel different). Still feeling strong and mobile. Just normal aches. Baby is active, and was in a LOA position at my appointment, but I'm sure is still wiggling around a lot. ✨ I know these last few weeks can be a little bit of a mind game. Honestly, the hardest part is fielding other people's anxieties and not absorbing them. Continuing to work on returning to my body's wisdom and intuition and leaning into trust. . . . . #pregomargot  #GeronimoMoon  #birthwithoutfear  #birthwithconfidence  #bumppositive  #3rdtrimester  #3rdpregnancy  #babynumber3  #birthispatient  #39weekspregnant  #39weeks  #handfulbra 
Switching care providers at the beginning of my 3rd trimester was not a decision I took lightly. It would have been "easier" to stay with my hospital based midwife. And while she was wonderful, there was no guarantee she would be attending my birth, and I had grown increasingly annoyed with what felt like an uphill battle to convince not just my midwife, but the larger medical system she was bound to work within that they and more importantly I should be able to trust my body with this business of pregnancy and birth. The fear mongering was tangible. πŸŒ€
Reflecting on where I was at this stage of pregnancy with my 2nd babe, with an impending induction scheduled for 41 weeks and "history of macrosomal infant" looming large on my "problem list". Not surprisingly, I felt incredibly anxious and ready to pull out all the stops to get labor going, even if my body and baby were not fully ready.
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But this time around, my anxieties have significantly decreased since changing to a free standing birth center. My midwives are confident and trusting of birth. And though I know birth will not likely go exactly as planned, as they rarely do, I feel like I can hold all possible scenarios without a lot of fear or worry. πŸŒ€
I feel much more at ease as I approach my due date, which is this Sunday. Even with fielding other people's questions and anxieties about when I'm due, I feel a deep sense of trust that this birth story will unfold exactly how it's suppose to, and I have to attribute the change in having providers that I can trust, that trust me and also deeply trust birth. 
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#almamidwifery #birthwithoutfear #birthwithconfidence #yogawaytobirth #birthiswild #birthiswise #birthispatient #birthistruthful #birthisprimal #birthisbeautiful #midwifery #39weekspregnant #3rdtrimester #3rdpregnancy #babynumber3 #pregomargot
Switching care providers at the beginning of my 3rd trimester was not a decision I took lightly. It would have been "easier" to stay with my hospital based midwife. And while she was wonderful, there was no guarantee she would be attending my birth, and I had grown increasingly annoyed with what felt like an uphill battle to convince not just my midwife, but the larger medical system she was bound to work within that they and more importantly I should be able to trust my body with this business of pregnancy and birth. The fear mongering was tangible. πŸŒ€ Reflecting on where I was at this stage of pregnancy with my 2nd babe, with an impending induction scheduled for 41 weeks and "history of macrosomal infant" looming large on my "problem list". Not surprisingly, I felt incredibly anxious and ready to pull out all the stops to get labor going, even if my body and baby were not fully ready. πŸŒ€ But this time around, my anxieties have significantly decreased since changing to a free standing birth center. My midwives are confident and trusting of birth. And though I know birth will not likely go exactly as planned, as they rarely do, I feel like I can hold all possible scenarios without a lot of fear or worry. πŸŒ€ I feel much more at ease as I approach my due date, which is this Sunday. Even with fielding other people's questions and anxieties about when I'm due, I feel a deep sense of trust that this birth story will unfold exactly how it's suppose to, and I have to attribute the change in having providers that I can trust, that trust me and also deeply trust birth. __________________________________________ #almamidwifery  #birthwithoutfear  #birthwithconfidence  #yogawaytobirth  #birthiswild  #birthiswise  #birthispatient  #birthistruthful  #birthisprimal  #birthisbeautiful  #midwifery  #39weekspregnant  #3rdtrimester  #3rdpregnancy  #babynumber3  #pregomargot 
✨things I know I'll miss about pregnancy ✨
➡ shared space. ✨ I love feeling those little kicks from the inside. They become common place, and yet remain this powerful reminder of this quiet private language that only me and baby know. ➡ camaraderie. ✨ As annoying as stranger comments and unsolicited advice can be during pregnancy, there are also the sweet words and well wishes as people acknowledge this sacred journey of motherhood. I know I'll miss the knowing glances from mothers and the smiles as others feel like they can share in this miraculous life affirming journey. ➡ radical self care. ✨ Not that my practice of self care stops outside of pregnancy, but that the invitation for self care while pregnant feels twofold, as it not only directly serves me, but also my baby. It is the perfect framework for seeing how self care is not selfish by any means, but truly a way to sustain being in caring relationships with others. ➡ my belly. ✨ Like physically rubbing my belly during pregnancy. In postpartum my belly has felt foreign, but during pregnancy I love rubbing and touching my belly, knowing how my baby can feel my touch both physically and emotionally. And more than my previous pregnancies I have felt more accepting and in love with this voluptuous pregnant body. ➡ the magic. ✨ There is no denying, this shit is magic. To be this closely involved and connected to nature and creation is to be in communication with the mystery of life. I will be forever grateful for this opportunity to participate in process. β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’
#ilovepregnancy #selfcare #radicalselfcare #pregomargot #39weeks #39weekspregnant #pregnant #supyoga #pnwonderland #pnwoutdoorwomen #getoutside #yalelake #bumppositive #bumplove #bumppositivesubmission
✨things I know I'll miss about pregnancy ✨ ➡ shared space. ✨ I love feeling those little kicks from the inside. They become common place, and yet remain this powerful reminder of this quiet private language that only me and baby know. ➡ camaraderie. ✨ As annoying as stranger comments and unsolicited advice can be during pregnancy, there are also the sweet words and well wishes as people acknowledge this sacred journey of motherhood. I know I'll miss the knowing glances from mothers and the smiles as others feel like they can share in this miraculous life affirming journey. ➡ radical self care. ✨ Not that my practice of self care stops outside of pregnancy, but that the invitation for self care while pregnant feels twofold, as it not only directly serves me, but also my baby. It is the perfect framework for seeing how self care is not selfish by any means, but truly a way to sustain being in caring relationships with others. ➡ my belly. ✨ Like physically rubbing my belly during pregnancy. In postpartum my belly has felt foreign, but during pregnancy I love rubbing and touching my belly, knowing how my baby can feel my touch both physically and emotionally. And more than my previous pregnancies I have felt more accepting and in love with this voluptuous pregnant body. ➡ the magic. ✨ There is no denying, this shit is magic. To be this closely involved and connected to nature and creation is to be in communication with the mystery of life. I will be forever grateful for this opportunity to participate in process. β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’ #ilovepregnancy  #selfcare  #radicalselfcare  #pregomargot  #39weeks  #39weekspregnant  #pregnant  #supyoga  #pnwonderland  #pnwoutdoorwomen  #getoutside  #yalelake  #bumppositive  #bumplove  #bumppositivesubmission 
38 WEEKS ::: feeling all the transitions. 
My oldest had his last day of preschool and will start kindergarten next week. 
My 2nd, soon to be middle child, and no longer the baby, turned 3, and is about to start preschool. 
And of course feeling all the end of pregnancy feelings. πŸŒ€
At my midwife appointment, by my request they checked my cervix and it was nearly 2cm and 80% effaced, but not feeling too attached to any meaning to these numbers. I've been having some of the other pre-early Labor signs, like Braxton hicks that are stronger and require a little more attention, but with no specific rhythm, dull backache, and changes in digestive and elimination patterns. Again, holding all this information lightly, knowing full well that birth and baby have their own plans. πŸŒ€
That said, finally feeling like I'm reaching that stage physically where my body is ready to be done with pregnancy and take on the next phase. And balancing the need to rest and nest simultaneously. We finally made space for the Geronimo Moon's dresser so I can unpack baby clothes...we'll do the crib later, knowing he'll be in a co-sleeper in our room to begin. πŸŒ€
Still having some 3 to 4am insomnia, but it hasn't been nearly as bad as before and I have been able to get back to sleep, which has been a big relief. My midwives recommended skullcap and California poppy for sleep, which I think has been helping. Also, taking floradix to help build iron levels, which has helped with feeling fatigue and dizziness I was feeling before. πŸŒ€
Just doing my best to soak up what's left of that pregnancy glow ✨ hold all these big life transitions lightly, not knowing what these next few weeks have in store ✨ and enjoy what I have in front me. πŸ™πŸΌ
{for those curious or confused about the timeline of these photos... pictures are taken at the beginning of the week, thoughts and reflections are from the whole week that follows}
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#pregomargot #GeronimoMoon #birthwithoutfear #birthwithconfidence #bumppositive #3rdtrimester #3rdpregnancy #babynumber3  #handfulbra #comfortablewithuncertainty #bumppositive
38 WEEKS ::: feeling all the transitions. My oldest had his last day of preschool and will start kindergarten next week. My 2nd, soon to be middle child, and no longer the baby, turned 3, and is about to start preschool. And of course feeling all the end of pregnancy feelings. πŸŒ€ At my midwife appointment, by my request they checked my cervix and it was nearly 2cm and 80% effaced, but not feeling too attached to any meaning to these numbers. I've been having some of the other pre-early Labor signs, like Braxton hicks that are stronger and require a little more attention, but with no specific rhythm, dull backache, and changes in digestive and elimination patterns. Again, holding all this information lightly, knowing full well that birth and baby have their own plans. πŸŒ€ That said, finally feeling like I'm reaching that stage physically where my body is ready to be done with pregnancy and take on the next phase. And balancing the need to rest and nest simultaneously. We finally made space for the Geronimo Moon's dresser so I can unpack baby clothes...we'll do the crib later, knowing he'll be in a co-sleeper in our room to begin. πŸŒ€ Still having some 3 to 4am insomnia, but it hasn't been nearly as bad as before and I have been able to get back to sleep, which has been a big relief. My midwives recommended skullcap and California poppy for sleep, which I think has been helping. Also, taking floradix to help build iron levels, which has helped with feeling fatigue and dizziness I was feeling before. πŸŒ€ Just doing my best to soak up what's left of that pregnancy glow ✨ hold all these big life transitions lightly, not knowing what these next few weeks have in store ✨ and enjoy what I have in front me. πŸ™πŸΌ {for those curious or confused about the timeline of these photos... pictures are taken at the beginning of the week, thoughts and reflections are from the whole week that follows} . . . . #pregomargot  #GeronimoMoon  #birthwithoutfear  #birthwithconfidence  #bumppositive  #3rdtrimester  #3rdpregnancy  #babynumber3  #handfulbra  #comfortablewithuncertainty  #bumppositive 
Teaching prenatal yoga tomorrow at @yogapearl at noon. 
I'm #39weeks tomorrow, so it may or may not be my last class for a while (I have a sub on stand by for next Sunday, in case the pull of the full moon is too strong this week πŸŒ•). Hope to see all you beautiful mamas in class. πŸ’›
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#Repost @miaohki ・・・
Woke Mama πŸ‘
#miaohki #birthart #pregomargot #yogapearl #pregnancy #divinefeminine #wokemama
Teaching prenatal yoga tomorrow at @yogapearl at noon. I'm #39weeks  tomorrow, so it may or may not be my last class for a while (I have a sub on stand by for next Sunday, in case the pull of the full moon is too strong this week πŸŒ•). Hope to see all you beautiful mamas in class. πŸ’› . . . #Repost  @miaohki ・・・ Woke Mama πŸ‘ #miaohki  #birthart  #pregomargot  #yogapearl  #pregnancy  #divinefeminine  #wokemama 
Enjoying being a homebody on this long holiday weekend. 
And also central air and kiddie pools. β˜€οΈπŸ˜ŽπŸ’›
#pdxheatwave #laborday #yogaoutside #getoutside #backyardyoga #lowlunge #anjaneyasana #38weeks6days #bumppositive #pregomargot #geronimomoon #birthispatient #yogagirlchallenge @yoga_girl