Joanna's top tips
1. see a naturopath
2. Two glasses of cold lemon water before breakfast and one glass of green juice, I like barley grass or fresh juice of greens.
3. eat a vegan protein rich diet within an hour of waking
4. Every morning when you wake meditate for 10-15 mins then hipno Birthing meditation cd/you tube in the evening
5. nettle tea (go out and pick it wild remember gloves) and cherries for iron.
6. Magnesium spray calming and help digestion
7. Homeopathic pregnancy kit(homeopathy can help give you an energy shift that can help you transform, it is helpful if you combine it with positive mind set like meditation or hipno-birthing to get the best results.
9. pregnancy yoga class or DVD
10. Hipno birthing class/ book/youtube/
11. Remember to do the simple and free things in life like spend time laughing with friends and family, walks in nature, try taking your shoes off for extra feelings of grounding (walking barefooted is called earthing)
Freeriver blissful living blogger – pregnancy diary at 31 weeks!
At the time of writing this I am 31 weeks only 8 or 10 weeks left. It's a really special time growing a baby, however it can also be very challenging. I have not had it the best, but maybe not the worst either. It has been challenging for a few reasons;raging hormones, anxiety, feeling sick and weak and a demanding boss(myself.) Women all over the world have different reactions and coping mechanisms but in this blog I want to share some of the tools I have picked out of my toolbox that I used to heal my life, bond with my growing baby and growing sense of spiritually.
This pregnancy journey started in August when both my partner and I decided we wanted a family, we had stopped drinking Alcohol and partying. I started taking folic acid supplements.
We considered our diet and life and both eat a mainly organic vegan diet making 90% of our meals from fresh vegetables. I make my own sauerkraut and flaxseed crackers. we like to add a few superfoods and raw foods in every day such as barley grass powder, spirulina, chia seeds and the list goes on. In October, I had completed my performance and residency when I found out I was pregnant with my second child woohoo! It took us three months to concieve.
As soon as I found out I was pregnant I sought advice from a Naturopath. A naturopath is a health practitioner who applies natural therapies. nutrition,exercise; it includes approved natural healing practices such as Homeopathy, Acupuncture, and Herbal Medicine,It was great to talk over my diet,supplements and emotional well being. I was lucky to have a friend Sally Jeffferyes- White otherwise known as sally from Nutures devine treats. Sally has been training to become a practitioner, I was lucky to be one of her case studies.Sally will be qualified in August, and I highly recommend her as a support in any areas of health not just pregnancy, and she makes the most healthiest delicious chocolate treated I know check her out on face book and Instagram.
Calm mummy,calm baby!
At the end of January for 8 weeks I attended a mindfulness course run by Phoebe Garland in Aberystwth. I have found this course life changing in so many ways. I have now got a daily practice of meditation and yoga. This course has been life changing, Meditation can help you to have better sense of awesomeness and peace, It can actually helped me to deal with difficult emotional feelings and relationships.
However after doing all this lovely nurturing stuff,in February I had developed eczema on my foot that became infected, I had to get it treated by a doctor who gave me steroids. I didn’t really want to take steroids, but It got quite bad and it needed to go. I was ensured it was safe during pregnancy, it went after a week. Since then a shift in my energy started to happen,I had to take action to strengthen my system, I began to have weekly acupuncture treatments with a recommended pregnancy acupuncturist Shion Buschner. This lovely and intuitive practitioner has been treating my liver meridian since March once a week then fortnightly. The eczema hasn’t returned woop!!. It really has helped strengthened my immune system and almost bring my vitality back.
I also did other liver strengthening like rest when I could and spending time in nature, the liver loves nature!
April 22nd was a great day, in my local town of Aberystwyth I attended a Mother and well being event. It was so informative, every stall was amazing. I met midwifes healers, masseurs, women promoting real nappies, slings and organic baby clothes. One of the major tips was to acquired a homeopathic kit for pre pregnancy and during labor, God I wish I had had this at the beginning of my pregnancy, I bet a lot of women feel like this.. If only I knew!!anyway I feel I have really turned a corner, I generally feel much better, homeopathy works on me that's for sure. I think one of the most important remedies for me has been the aconite 200 this has helped with the fear of pregnancy and the birth. I feel happier and healthier again and looking forward to the 3rd trimester.
Being healthy is fun, it should be enjoyable!
I love water especially pure water, water is so good for you. The human body is primarily water. Infants are made up of 70 percent water, while adult males are 60 percent and females are 55 percent. Water provides the medium to make your blood, helps move food through your digestive tract and removes waste from every cell in your body. I am now 6 months pregnant and I know the importance of staying healthy and keeping myself hydrated, it is a big part of my routine, knowing that the water I drink is transporting essential vitamins to my baby and helping to maintain the health of the embryonic fluid that is home to my baby.
Prior to being pregnant I invested in an online course called the complete detox with Elwin Robinson, I have spent the last 3 years on an exciting journey into improving my health and well being, I am part of a wonderful online community that supports my ongoing enjoyable journey into health. This is when I learned about drinking pure living water.
Every morning before breakfast I drink 1 liter of pure water with a squeeze of organic lemon and a pinch of Himalayan pink salt then I drink a liter of pure water during the day making sure I always leave about half an hour before eating.
For the last few years I have been going to a beautiful spring in Capel Iwan near Newcastel Emlyn in Ceredigion West Wales to collect my drinking and cooking water, It is part of my fortnightly routine that gives us so much pleasure. It is very important to nurture ourselves, loving ourselves with every drop of water.
On arriving to the spring I give gratitude and love to the water as I drink. I make it a real family outing, my daughter loves to collect water, mainly to dip her toes in the ice cold pool. I have introduced it to my partner who loves the water too and finds a great way to connect with the surrounding nature. the surrounding nature connection with the surrounding nature
I collect and Store the water in plastic bottles and some glass bottles, is not my ideal, I am gradually replacing all the plastic ones with recycled glass bottles. However in the meantime I make sure the containers are freshly cleaned with hot water and once brought home stored in a cool dark place,some of which I place into the freezer.
Another lovely act I do to enhance the frequency of the water is to write words or say words based on universal truths such as thank you, love and gratitude on the bottle. According to Masaru Emoto, water has the capacity to memorize and transfer information. Masaru Emoto has researched the effect positive and negative words and music has on water by taking photos of water crystals. Water that has been exposed to positive vibrations formed beautiful, symmetrical hexagons. In his research water that was exposed to negative words produced ugly, misshapen crystals.
I love spring water it makes me feel so alive and vibrant!! A few facts I have found out from Natural springs uk website -
“Living Spring water has it's microflora still in tact, the water is structured, all water has a unique crystalline structure.”
“Living Water gives LIFE! Living Spring Water will also nourish your DNA, your DNA is transcribed into MRNA and translated to make protein in the body. Living Spring Water holds a complex matrix that has not been changed or denatured by human intervention. Our DNA is thirsty for LIVING Spring Water that is structured and ALIVE. It's just like oil for our Human Engine, it powers every cell in our bodies, it nourishes our DNA, it heals us from within!”
Part of my art is about the connection we have with nature and with each other and how creativity itself is a way of connecting. My self and Stu Hampton of freeriver were inspired to create a song and a little film inspired as the result of collecting and drinking this water. See below...
Mini-Film - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YuekVWjKsbk&feature=youtu.be
Song - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UM_oHl78YA0
Natural Springs UK
face book page
messages from water
Dr Masaru Emoto
blog for pregnancy
We've recently launched our Facebook page for the Freeriver Publishing music label - we specialise in the distribution of new music to all major record stores, and can provide design services for album art or image development. We also are able to provide audio services for recording, mastering and production of sound recordings. And more! cool huh? hopefully this is going to be one of the things that helps us to sustain the project financially - and so far, things are looking positive. Follow our group on Facebook and show some love :) https://www.facebook.com/freeriverpublishing/
We recently had an art exhibition at the art gallery that we are involved with (the ARTHOUSE) all about love, peace and the hippie message. It was uplifting and fun, and will be on until mid May 2017