March 2011
Volume 11 Number 3
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The Special Early Signs of Pregnancy
by Jill D. Chasse

The Special Early Signs of Pregnancy
by: Jill D. Chasse
Perinatal Psychology Consultant 
birth counselor ~ author ~ health administrator
mentor, Wise Woman University

Did you know that some of the earliest signs of pregnancy are available to only those women who know their bodies well? Even before a pregnancy test can confirm that there is a little child developing in your womb, your body and mind can drop a load of hints. Paying attention to faint differences in your senses, fine variations in feelings, both physical and emotional, will help you to learn and prepare early for parenthood.

Wisdom of the Moon, by Melissa HarrisDreams: In the very early stages of pregnancy, women tend to experience more vivid and intense dreams. Often they are clearer and stronger than dreams outside of pregnancy. A mother may see a baby in her dream, or it may be crazy, clear and powerful but have nothing to do with babies.

Dreams during pregnancy can also be quite bizarre or way off base from typical dreams. Some of it is hormonal and some is intuition and increased psychic energy. You may want to begin a dream journal!

Increased sexuality: Many moms feel a dramatic increase in sexuality when they become pregnant. Early pregnancy hormones may make your libido fly into overdrive. Your breasts begin to increase in size, even very early after fertilization. Additionally, blood flow increases in your vaginal area which can lead to more intense pleasure and a need to satisfy your desires.

Cravings: The thought of wanting pickles and ice cream is not just for the women who can’t see their toes past their tummies. Cravings can begin even before a missed period. Your body knows that it needs to be a safe and healthy environment for your child and starts to tell you what you are lacking and what you need to increase.

A woman who needs more protein may crave a food like peanut butter or steak, but the craving for protein may also cause her to want to eat earthworms or a caribou! Magnesium deficiencies can cause a craving for the dirt at your son’s pee wee baseball game and lack of sodium may have you wanting to lick your husband’s sweaty forehead after he comes home from a jog. Although the food you crave isn’t always appropriate, there are generally reasons behind the cravings. Listen to your body.

Mother's Treasure, by Melissa HarrisMood Swings: You may think it’s PMS when your start to get cranky and irritable, but changes in hormones such as estrogen and progesterone, changes in your metabolism, and changes in brain chemistry can cause significant mood swings in early pregnancy.

Emotional sensitivity is one of the first signs that spouses often pick up on. When you’re suddenly crying during a news report or can’t stop laughing at your father-in-law’s stupid jokes, there may be a hormonal explanation.

Heightened sense of smell: In addition to the emotional sensitivity, a newly pregnant mommy may have a scent sensitivity. Can you suddenly tell that your best friend got a new perfume, or your son didn’t shower after hockey practice? Maybe the smell of the pizza in the lunchroom is suddenly making you nauseous. 

This smell sensitivity is connected closely with cravings and aversions. Some studies show that it is actually a cause of "morning" sickness. Some maternal health practitioners say that higher olfactory acuity helps mom to avoid breathing in or ingesting things that could be harmful to the baby.  A heightened sense of smell may be one of the first signs you notice after becoming pregnant.

Remember that there are some changes in your body when your egg is fertilized that begin immediately. Your conscious awareness of your body’s chemistry will help you to notice the subtle changes. Your mind is also connected closely with your body, so as a baby begins to develop, grow, mature and change, even before detectable on a pregnancy test, your subconscious mind knows that there is a little guest that your womb is welcoming. Listen to your body and prepare to be a mommy from the earliest special signs of pregnancy.

Baby Blessings,
~ Jill Diana Chasse ~
Perinatal Psychology Consultant 
birth counselor ~ author ~ health administrator

Baby Magic for your Magic Baby
Paperback by Jill Diana Chasse. 89 pp. Chase is also the publisher of the Magic of Motherhood.

"I'd recommend it to any woman who has even thought about becoming a mother!" Rosa Durrante, midwife

Price: $14.95


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Online Courses with Jill Diana Chasse
Perinatal Mood Issues
Manage pregnancy and postpartum emotional challenges including baby blues and PPD symptoms to help reduce the risk of depression and keep yourself and your baby mentally and emotionally strong.
Teacher: Jill Diana Chasse

Prebirth Bonding
Learn exercises and meditations to encourage communication with your baby in the womb, optimizing mental and sensory development as well as promoting the special bond between baby and parent.
Teacher: Jill Diana Chasse

Magic of Motherhood Birthing Education
A Complimentary Natural Childbirth method for use with or without medications, at home, birth center, or in a hospital. Learn to “Experience, Understand and Enjoy” your labor & delivery through emotional support, empowering yourself and your baby.
Teacher: Jill Diana Chasse

Relaxations and Visualizations for Birth
Relaxations and visualizations involve hypnotherapy/ autosuggestion for relaxation, anti-stress/anti-pain, and self-esteem, as well as communication with the unborn baby and stimulating a mystical and spiritual energy level.
Teacher: Jill Diana Chasse

About the Mentor, Jill Chasse
Jill Chasse, PhD is a counselor certified in "Handling Loss and Grief " and "Understanding Depression." She has additional training in postpartum depression, maternal mental health, and post traumatic stress disorder. She is a member of the APA and certified by IACT.  She also holds an MS in family and developmental psychology and a certification in "Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders."

Wise Women of the Dreamtime:
Aboriginal Tales of the Ancestral Powers

Paperback by K. Langloh Parker. 160 pp. This collection of Australian Aboriginal myths has been passed down through the generations by tribal storytellers.

Extending deep into the caverns of humanity's oldest memories, beyond 60,000 years of history and into the Dreamtime, these myths were compiled at the turn of the century by K. Langloh Parker, one of the first Europeans to realize their significance and spiritual sophistication.

Saved from drowning by Aboriginal friends when she was just a child, Parker subsequently gained unique access to Aboriginal women and to stories that had previously eluded anthropologists.

In the stories, women tell of their own initiations and ceremonies, the origins and destiny of humanity, and the behavioral codes for society. Included are stories of child-rearing practices, young love in adversity, the dangers of invoking the spiritual powers, the importance of social sharing, the role of women in male conflicts, the dark feminine, and the transformational power of language.

Wise Women of the Dreamtime allows us to participate in the world's oldest stories and to begin a new dream of harmony between human society and nature.

Price: $12.95

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