As D-Day creeps closer and closer, I’m slowly chipping away at my “to-do” list to prepare for the arrival of our newest addition. I learned with the first go-around that things don’t always pan out as expected and even if you think you may want something now; you may not when the time comes. I am striving for a natural childbirth so I’m thinking of every way I can comfort myself in this unpredictable situation.
One thing that always makes me feel good is music. I planned to do this when I was pregnant with my daughter and never got around to it. I thought I could rely on Pandora to get me through but it turned out the Hospital had a terrible Wi-Fi connection (yet another curve-ball in the L&D room- minute detail but important none-the-less). I’ve been compiling a list of feel-good songs over the last several weeks to add to my L&D playlist. There’s no particular genre, just songs that make me feel good; mostly acoustic versions, covers, and some that bring back happy memories. I threw in a few for my Husband and one for my daughter- even though she won't be in the room with us, it'll still make me smile (can you guess which one is which?!)
“21 Summer” by Brothers Osborn (Live Version)
“Congratulations” by Post Malone
“This Town” by Niall Horan (Acoustic Version)
“On the Loose” by Niall Horan (Acoustic Version)
“Slow Hands” by Niall Horan (Acoustic Version)
“She Sets the City on Fire” by Gavin DeGraw (Acoustic Version)
“Woman, Amen” by Dierks Bentley
“Arms Wide Open” by the Script
“Tennessee Whiskey” by Chris Stapleton
“Sit Next to Me” by Foster the People (Acoustic Version)
“Welcome to My House” by Flo Rida
“How Far I’ll Go” by Alessia Cara
“Empire of the Sun” by Walking on the Moon
“Your Song” by Ellie Goulding
“Kings and Queens” by Matt Kearney (Acoustic Version)
“What Lovers Do” by Maroon 5
“Come on Get High” by Matt Nathanson (Acoustic Version)
“Broken” by Lovelytheband (Acoustic Version)
“Sky Full of Stars” by Coldplay (Acoustic Version)
“Raise Them Up” by Eric Church and Keith Urban
“Someone New” by Hozier (Acoustic Version)
“Babylon” by David Gray
"Boy" by Lee Brice
“Making Me Look Good Again” by Drake White
“A Pirate Looks at 40” by DMB and Jack Johnson
“I Lived” by One Republic
Along with my handy L & D playlist, I plan to bring some LED candles, essential oils, pictures, etc. As we get even closer to my due date (eek) I'll be posting what I'm packing in my hospital bag. Until then, what are some things that brought you comfort during this experience? Am I missing any must-have songs? Do tell in the comments below!
Welcome to the other side of labor & delivery!
No matter what your experience, everyone will receive a benefit(s) from these medicinal plant and tree essences. I've created this list of remedies you may find helpful when recuperating from creating and birthing another human being (or two, or three). These also make a thoughtful "mom" gift for a friend or family member who has recently gone through L & D. After the baby is born, it is ALL about the baby and the Mom is kind of forgotten in a sense. A gift for Mom on her healing journey will be very much appreciated and go a long way, trust me!
Lactation: Anise Seed, Dill Seed, Fennel, Lemongrass *Indian*, Black Cumin
Anti-Depressant (think PPD): Basil, Geranium, feverfew, Hyssop, Manuka, Neroli
C-section scars: Helichrysum *italicum*, Lavender/Lavandin, Manuka, Spikenard
Stool softener: Juniper Berry
“Promotes restful sleep”: Ylang Ylang
To stop bleeding: Cistus
Headaches: Basil/Fir family, Rosemary
Hair Loss: Cedarwood, Lavender/Lavandin, Rosemary
Are there any other side-effects/symptoms/ailments that I'm forgetting? Feel free to mention them in the comments below :)
Happy Healing (& congratulations!),
*Disclaimer* Although I am not a physician, I've had some training in safe application methods and the various benefits and characteristics of plant and tree essences.
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