Friday, June 12, 2015

Top 6 Things to Do Around Ft. Worth When You're 40+ Weeks Pregnant




This time last year I was pregnant.  I was really, really pregnant.  So pregnant, in fact, that I wanted to be un-pregnant immediately.  Most pregnant ladies experience this at some point; if not, well, good for you.


In an attempt to take my mind off of things, I made an appointment with my fabulous hair lady, Kacie Pope, and we got to talking.  She said I needed a 40+ week plan.  A wha..??  I'd never heard of this so I was intrigued.  She explained that I needed something planned for when I hit 40 weeks so I was focused on that and NOT on my due date.  I thought it was genius!  So- that's what I did.  I made a 40 week plan and it was great.  It was so great that I knew I needed to start sharing it with my clients and I figured now was a great time to share with y'all, too.


So, here it is.  My list of the Top 6 Things to do Around Ft. Worth When You're 40+ Weeks Pregnant:


6.  Get a prenatal massage!
Go see my friend, and fellow doula, Rachel Gabsi out at Aledo Power of Touch.  Rachel has been a masseuse for 13 years and is certified in prenatal, postnatal, and labor massage.  Rachel worked on me when I was suffering with recurrent migraines and she seriously has magic hands.  And, she's a doula- she get's it.  She understands what it's like (she's a mom, too) and is a great listener- schedule a massage with her and you leave feeling like buttah and like you've just caught up with an old friend.  Visit aledopoweroftouch.com to schedule and appointment or buy a gift certificate for your preggo friends (they'll love you forever).

5.  While you're there, get an adjustment!
In the same office as Rachel you'll find another dear friend of mine- Michelle Parker, D.C., owner of The Chiropractic Place for Her.





If you haven't been getting chiropractic care during your pregnancy, now is the time to start!  Studies show that women who receive regular chiropractic care during their pregnancy have shorter labor times and a reduction in the need for pain killers and intervention.  Dr. Parker is a Webster Certified chiropractor that specializes in women and children and is one of the few chiropractors located in a 250 mile radius of DFW that have received recognition from the Academy Council Chiropractic Pediatrics.  She has magic chiro hands and a special table that allows you to lay face down (for real- it's heavenly).  I'm telling you, it was the best thing ever.  She was my chiropractor during my last pregnancy and I definitely looked forward to going and seeing her each week.  I always left refreshed and feeling great, knowing I was doing everything in my power to have my best birth.  To get in on some of this action, click on over to http://www.michelleparkerdc.com







4.  How about some acupuncture, acupressure, massage, or energy healing? 
While we're on the topic of bodywork, schedule a session with Sara Brock, L.Ac, LMT at Blessed Oaks Healing Arts.  She offers acupuncture, acupressure, massage and energy healing during pregnancy, birth and postpartum to offer help with many patterns affecting body, mind, soul and spirit.

Located in Alvarado, she has a beautiful studio nestled among the oak trees.  The instant I stepped foot into her space, I was grounded and felt instantly at peace.  Her presence is incredibly calm and relaxing...it's truly a beautiful space and she's a beautiful person.  The works she does can help with things like heartburn, nausea, fatigue (and lots, lots more) and sessions with her are great for baby positioning support as well.  To schedule with Sarah, call 817-556-1764 or visit her website at http://www.blessedoaks.com/location--hours.html.



Ft. Worth Labor Braid
Rainbow Hair for a Rainbow Babe


3.  Have Kacie Pope help you look even more fabulous than you already do!
This lady has talent!  As a mom that went past her "due date" herself, she can absolutely relate!  I mean, she did come up with this idea, after all.  No matter what you choose to have done (she put a rainbow in my hair for me last year, in anticipation of our rainbow baby), you'll leave looking and feeling great.  And, she does beautiful labor braids- they last several days and it's a great way to ensure you have great hair in those birth photos!

To schedule with Kacie, give her a call at 817-914-1824. 







Ft. Worth Henna2.  Get some beautiful henna done!
Decorate that gorgeous belly with some Cardamom & Clove Henna.  Chelsea, the owner and professional henna artist, is amazing at what she does.


 "The art of henna (or mehendi) plays a pivotal role in cultures all over the world.  Once reserved for the elite, to include pharaohs of Ancient Egypt, this tradition is now widely spread in Southeast Asia, the Indian subcontinent, the Middle East and throughout North Africa.  Women across the glove share the beautiful ritual of henna application for a number of festivities, from national holidays to engagements, weddings and childbirth."

To get some beautiful artwork of your own, visit cardamomclovehenna.com or find Chelsea on Facebook.




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A Moment in Time

1.  Get some due date photos done!

Now that you're looking and feeling fabulous, schedule a Day in the Life shoot with Kourtnie Elizabeth Documentary.  I just love Kourtnie's approach- she comes to your home and captures your day-to-day moments making for an excellent keepsake.  Your family's life is about to change in a huge way- having some photos that capture what your life was like before it all changed is priceless.


Ya know, the end of pregnancy is such a...surreal time.  You know your pregnancy is drawing to an end (you can practically hear the clock ticking).  It seems like you've been pregnant FOREVER yet, at the same time, it's gone by in a flash.  The best piece of advice I've gotten is to savor it- be present, be intentional.  As hard as it is to believe, this time will be a fleeting memory one day.  

 

Breathe it in.  Live it.  Love it as much as you can.  And SLEEP (my YourBest Childbirth Ed students should get a giggle at that)!

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