Monday, September 17, 2012

Last Chance: Register for Purposeful Conception

Matt and I might be getting close to trying to conceive again. Although I'm nervous about all the things that are out of my control, I'm working hard to stay optimistic and positive and to focus on the things that are within my control: religiously taking my prenatal vitamin, running three times a week, eating healthy foods, relaxing before bed, letting go of stress, detoxifying my environment, getting our finances in order so we can afford a second birth/child/maternity leave, and strengthening our partnership. 

I just finished my first menstrual cycle since my miscarriage in July. I wanted to wait at least one full cycle to help my body get readjusted to its non-pregnancy state. This time period has been bittersweet. On the one hand, I still mourn the loss of our perfectly-timed second baby. On the other hand, I am thankful for this additional time to focus on getting a school started, strengthening my body with exercise, normalizing healthy eating habits, and having more time to save money for our house.

I'm eager to join another round of Purposeful Conception: Preparing Your Mind, Body, and Life for Pregnancy. If you're thinking about joining us, now's your last chance! The first lesson was posted today. I always tell folks that they should sign up for the course as early into their journey as possible. Sometimes the course generates next steps that can take a while to complete. For example, a friend from the November 2011 class just wrote in the group to let us know that the course inspired her partner to make a career change, so that he will be a happier and more fulfilled father and husband. No matter where you are in your own journey, feel free to join us!

And check out this article at Consumer Reports about the Top 10 Pregnancy Procedures to Reject When You're Expecting. I'm excited that the ideas that once seemed radical (in films like the Business of Being Born) are now becoming mainstream in the United States. It's about time!

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Courtney said...

I've debated signing up for your class for the last 3 or 4 cycles and I finally decided to go for it! Just signed up :)

Sara E. Cotner said...

Hooray, Courtney! I'll send you all the log-in information right now. We just got started, so you haven't missed much. I'm really excited about the group that has signed up so far!

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