My baby quivers inside my belly
and my world stops.
Around me, clouded and fuzzy,
Errand boys run,
Hustling and bustling, the office carries on.
But I sit, seat pushed back from my desk
with my hand on the future.
Marlene Anne Bumgarner, Mother Poet
If you have an older child or children, you will be talking to them about your pregnancy and the upcoming birth and including them in ways that are comfortable and appropriate to you and your family. During your pregnancy and especially at the birth, you may want to help soothe your children’s excited emotions. Bach Flower Remedies are safe, very mild, and especially well suited for children. The all-purpose Rescue Remedy can be used, as its name implies, in all kinds of situations. Keep some Rescue Remedy in your purse to use after a challenging appointment, when the day falls apart on you, or any time you feel off balance. You can also give Rescue Remedy to your child in similar situations. You child’s birth companion can give it to him or her during the birth, as well.
Put 3 drops of Rescue Remedy in a six-ounce glass of water and sip slowly. You can also place the drops directly on your tongue, but the taste may be too strong for a child. For children, look for alcohol-free Rescue Remedy.
About Peggy O’Mara. I am an independent journalist who edits and publishes peggyomara.com. I was the editor and publisher of Mothering Magazine for over 30 years and founded Mothering.com in 1995. My books include Having a Baby Naturally, Natural Family Living, The Way Back Homeand A Quiet Place. I have conducted workshops at Omega Institute, Esalen, La Leche League, and Bioneers. I am the mother of four and grandmother of three. Please check out my email newsletter with free tips on parenting, activism, and healthy living.