I am about 26 weeks pregnant with my third kid and after 10 years full-on in the work force as an executive for Handel Group, it’s hard to imagine the additional work/life balancing act I’m going to have to design. I’ve been in denial. I sleep a little more, albeit uncomfortable, but that’s the only adjustment I’ve made.
My mindset has changed as well. Occasionally, I think to myself, I should be preparing for my birth! Especially since I had two really miraculously wonderful births in the before, the last one being unmedicated and nearly pain free. I attribute the natural, spiritual, enjoyable birth experience I had to all the mental, physical and spiritual preparation I did.
A few weeks ago my midwife called me and said something I did NOT want to hear, my latest blood test came back positive for Rubella!! I was stunned and worried.
She didn’t know much about what meant yet so I was left to search internet, which is never a good idea. It didn’t take much for me to concoct a vision of my future life, where all waking moments would be dedicated to taking care of a special needs child. I could have handled it, and I know, respect and admire many people who do, but I did not want to have rubella and all the complications for a baby that surround it. My mind, usually calm, became the wild-west, and I barely had any information.
Luckily, my coach helped me recalibrate. Now my job as a coach was directing my mind to better thoughts and actions. I could schedule a re-test and do more research. And most importantly- I could find the lesson in it all.
The more I thought about it, it was clear that my baby was trying to get my attention. I know how this works because my other children do it too-sometimes in exactly the same way, by suddenly having some illness or injury that gets my attention! This was one of those banner moments in coaching where things all come together and you get that “lifted” feeling. It occurred to me, what if starting today, I stop procrastinating and get started with my birth prep. Crack out my old birth book, start my daily practice of self-hypnosis and breathing techniques and set a day to organize all the hand me downs? I’d feel great, powerful, and I would be honoring my baby.
Within 2 days of me committing to my daily practice, I got back a negative result on my Rubella test and my back pain subsided a great deal too! I started feeling more relaxed and proud of myself for taking action in my life. But the thing that made me so proud is that I practice what I preach.
Are you on this path too? Do you need to recalibrate or change your perception of a situation in your life? Please leave a comment below.
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Laurie Gerber is Co-President and Senior Coach at Handel Group® Life Coaching. Her professional and personal mission is to better the world by teaching people to tell the truth and pursue their dreams. Her focus is on maximizing clients’ ability to thrive across all areas of life–health, love, career, money, family, etc. Laurie spreads her message of empowerment through live international events, one-on-one coaching, virtual coaching courses, as a writer, on radio and in TV appearances such as MTV’s True Life Special: I’m Getting a Second Chance, A&E’s The Marriage Test, the Dr. Phil Show and TODAY show.