Are you newly pregnant and anxious about your ability to take on the responsibilities of being a mother? Are you feeling stressed about the inevitable changes that will come with your new role?
Are you struggling with the changes in your body?
Are you feeling a need to connect with yourself and your dreams for the relationship you hope to have with your child?
Do you find yourself remembering your own childhood? Are you afraid that you will repeat damaging parenting patterns?
As your pregnancy progresses, do you find yourself feeling afraid that you won't be able to bond with your newborn?
Discovering that you’re pregnant is a momentous event. Whether the pregnancy is planned or unplanned, it can be overwhelming to realise that life as you know it is about to change forever.
This is a significant rite of passage for you. It is normal to feel sadness and regret because you’re going to have to leave your comfort zone and your self-image is going to change radically.
When the news that you’re pregnant starts to sink in and you're struck by the realisation that you’re going to become a parent, you may struggle with questions about what parenting will look like for you.
Paediatrician Dr. T. Berry Brazelton and Dr. Bertrand Cramer, a pioneer in Infant and Mother Psychotherapy, talk about the psychological work from conception to birth that supports the foundations of a healthy attachment. The nine months of pregnancy allow you to prepare emotionally for the role of a mother.
Once the initial excitement has worn off, it is not uncommon for you to feel overwhelmed and stressed about the inevitable responsibilities of parenthood. You know that you will have to let go of parts of who you are and how you have lived. You’ll need to do a great deal of emotional adjustment in order to bond with your child.
You may find yourself haunted by memories of your own childhood and the emotions that surface from those old stories.
The psychological work of pregnancy includes revisiting your childhood, identifying patterns and behaviours that you don’t want to repeat, and consciously creating your ideal parenting vision.
This emotional adjustment and reorganisation is a healthy part of the attachment journey, and it prepares you to bond with your baby.
What can you expect from your Conscious Pregnancy sessions?
- A confidential space in which to explore and reframe any anxieties as a healthy part of the attachment journey in preparation for forming a nurturing bond with your newborn
- Increasing self-understanding and acceptance of these emotional challenges
- Support as you examine your own childhood conditioning and create your unique parenting vision
- Visualisation techniques to help you connect to your baby in utero
Nicki Anderson is a DHA-registered Occupational Therapist specialised in Child and Family Mental Health. You will benefit from Nicki’s work with Attachment Theory and Conscious Parenting. Nicki has co-designed and run workshops to support women with the attachment journey during pregnancy.
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Contact Nicki at firstname.lastname@example.org for a complimentary introductory session.