This week has (thankfully) been much LESS eventful than last week!

Following the high-risk obstetrician’s instructions from last week, I have been making an effort to slow down. Being a Type-A personality, avid organizer/planner, and busy body… this has definitely been a challenge for me! I have been working to reframe this part of my pregnancy as an opportunity to connect with our sweet baby and enjoy the little things in life. It’s not about what I can’t do, it’s about what I can do to enjoy this pregnancy and keep me and baby safe–taking the time to relax, move through the day with more intention and purpose, and enjoy simple pleasures.

Janel's 21-week bump - Slowing Down and Connecting

Author’s Personal Collection/Janel Morphy

Thankfully, little sweet pea has been on board with this new plan.

Over the past week we have been overjoyed to feel movement in my belly multiple times a day. I always try to take time to enjoy these moments. Even if it is just pausing what I’m doing, put my hand on my belly, take a few deep breaths, and send my baby love and strength to keep growing. This has almost turned into short, spontaneous meditations for me throughout the day.

I have also been working to incorporate gratitude into every day. This week, most of my thoughts have focused on that every day is truly a gift. Being told that I am at higher risk for pre-term labour was frankly terrifying. Every day little sweet pea can stay put means they are safe and growing. Each day that passes while they are in my womb is a gift.

"Maybe looking forward isn't about planning but practicing hope."

Author’s Personal Collection/Janel Morphy

I have also been working on training my brain to let go of the fear and anxiety.

One thing that has been really helpful for me is using and saying mantras. I have an app on my phone that I love that shows you different mantras throughout the day and even sends you notifications. I also have mantras that I say to myself when I feel those negative and anxiety-inducing thoughts start to creep in. Lastly, related to our sweet babe, I tell them every day that they are strong and healthy and already so loved!

Gift for the mama to be

Author’s Personal Collection/Janel Morphy

So here’s to slowing down, appreciating every day, and “smelling the roses.”

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