Even if I pretend that giving birth is spiritually about the same as digesting dinner, my spirit and mind and heart will be affected.
So a wise approach is to prepare for birth not only physically by eating well and exercising, but also to prepare mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.
This may include intentionally forgiving after a vivid dream opens deep wounds. Or it can mean readying my mind by being knowledgeable about all birthing options.
During my first pregnancy I was strict with my diet, but understood little of emotional preparedness. This time I've slacked a little on eating, yet intentionally addressed some fears and unforgiveness.
Not only is this holistic awareness healthy, it's amazing. As a simple analogy - I can live though a beautiful spring day, or I can live a beautiful spring day.
My baby's coming one way or another. But the more alert I am along the journey, the more I experience - the more all of me experiences. I get to live not only pain, but also pleasure; not only fear, but also love; not only disappointment, but also joy.
I get to live wholly in the moment. The more I do, the more all of me benefits - the more my baby wholly benefits.
What helps you prepare for birth?
Want more info? Try Preparing for Birth with Yoga by Janet Balaskas or http://www.motherrisingbirth.com/ from a holistic doula. This post made me laugh and cry.