Meditating when you have a baby

In January 2017, I started meditating every single day. I started out doing five minutes a day and made my way up to ten minutes (1). My ritual was to meditate as soon as I got out of bed. When I got pregnant, the only change was that I had breakfast before meditating. And I…

International Women’s Day special: What about the men?

Note: This post is about the role of fathers in a heterosexual context, and is therefore inherently excluding of same-sex couples, and single mothers. I feel very nervous about posting this blog post. This International Women’s Day, I am celebrating my husband, known here as The Pilot, who is not a woman. Since I got…

The Universe Inside Me

My contemplation of the universe inside me started with the kicking. As my baby moved around inside me, not regarding my personal comfort, I realised that she* doesn’t know who I am. I know that there is a baby inside me, but the baby doesn’t know that I am a person encasing her. The womb…

Pregnancy Rituals: The Hospital Bag

Search “Hospital bag” in YouTube and you will find dozens of videos of pregnant women showing you what they are taking to the hospital for when they give birth. Google it and you will find lots of advice on what to put in your hospital bag. There are even online shops selling you hospital bags…