Roll, Roll, Roll Your Neck
In late pregnancy, tension can settle in your neck. To relieve neck pain, stand or sit comfortably upright.
- Let your arms hang easily at your sides.
- Relax your shoulders and imagine that a string holds up your head.
- Begin by lowering your head slightly to the front.
- Bend forward from the neck until it is no longer comfortable.
- Slowly move your head to the left in a circle.
- Breathe slowly as you roll your head.
- Slowly roll your head to the back and all the way around until you come back to the front.
- Repeat on the right side.
- Roll your neck each way three times.
The story of your birth will be as personal and individual as your dreams—and dreams during pregnancy can be particularly vivid. Pregnant women report nonsensical dreams of a baby as a loaf of French bread or the baby coming out in pieces that have to be put together. Some women have prophetic dreams. Often women recount dreaming the correct sex of the baby. Here are some ways to increase your receptivity to dreaming:
- Take at least 25 mg. of B6 a day. (You will be taking at least that much in your prenatal supplement.)
- Sleep on a regular schedule.
- Have no intoxicants.
- Put a blank piece of paper or tablet and a pen or pencil near your bed. Look at the blank piece of paper before you turn off the light.
- Allow yourself to awaken slowly.
- Don’t jump out of bed right away.
- Loud noises and large motor movements dissipate the dream.
Write down whatever snatches of dream you can remember, then read them back to yourself like a story. Some dream experts say that all of the characters in the dream are some aspect of you. The characters you recognize represent qualities you associate with them. The characters you don’t know represent unknown parts of yourself. Tell yourself the dream as if it is a story and see it as a metaphor. Trust the first ideas that come into your mind. Don’t force it. And, don’t be afraid of “negative” elements. Everything in the dream is for your growth, so try to understand it in that light.
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.