The Inner Seasons of Pregnancy and Post-Partum
Monique Dickson is The Cyclical Mum, new mama of four little ones and also, a previous private client of mine who I held space for during her pregnancy. I am absolutely thrilled to be reunited with this delicious woman on the other side of the birth of her babe to reflect and share on our different experiences of the inner seasons of pregnancy and the post-partum period, and how applying cycle awareness to pregnancy significantly supported us.
What You’ll Learn
Whilst pregnant and post-partum, both Monique and I have experienced that you still have a cyclical nature despite not having a menstrual cycle.
How Monique experienced her inner seasons of pregnancy: how her energy, capacity, focus and self-care changed across each phase.
How having a breakdown during her third trimester, her inner Autumn, really called Monique to surrender, understand what she needed at that time, and to powerfully call it in for herself.
How Monique consciously prepared to honour her post-partum period like a deep inner winter or ‘big-bleed’ and how this helped her feel more energetic than ever after giving birth.
The points of transition between seasons, and how challenging they can be.
The parallels between the pregnancy cycle and the menstrual cycle
and I reflect on how I connected with my inner seasons of pregnancy as I learnt more about cycle awareness and rites of passage myself.
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Meet Monique – mum to 4 children, a beginner un-schooler, farmers wife and a menstrual cycle coach. She lives in rural New Zealand. Her youngest baby is 4 months old, and her last menstrual cycle was over a year ago – but she continues to live cyclically. She shares how Mothers can live cyclically – no matter what cycle is being observed. She loves talking about menstrual cycles, moon cycles and pregnancy cycles. She is spreading the message that you don’t need a menstrual cycle to live cyclically.
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Connect with her at @thecyclicalmum
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What does money have to do with the menstrual cycle? It’s surprising how much! This week’s guest on Wild Flow Podcast with Charlotte Pointeaux is Cathy Lemire, The Menstrual Money Coach, is here to help us connect the dots between how our menstrual cycle influences our relationship, behaviours and attitudes around money, understand how our money stories play up across the phases of our cycle, and to take charge of our wealth!
You’ve been learning about your menstrual cycle and how to attune to its changing daily strengths, vulnerabilities, and self-care needs – and it’s been life changing to finally learn what you should have learnt as a child. So imagine how powerful it would be for our children to learn this knowledge and wisdom now – rather than having to figure it all out after many years of being disconnected to their body, their cycle and therefore, themselves. If you’d love to share what you now know with your child or any other child for that matter but aren’t sure of when or how to start, I’d love to give you some ideas to help you do that confidently in a way that feels gentle, age-appropriate, and empowering for you and your child.
Many mothers have traditionally thought that children aren’t ready to learn about their body, how it changes, what menstruation is, or anything else associated with puberty until they have their first period but when we leave “the talk” until this time, children already have a lot of feelings, thoughts and confusion about what’s been happening to their body and sense of selves for a while, and they question what these changes mean about them if they are left in the dark.
Children in the playground talk and share information that’s usually incomplete or inaccurate, leaving children to piece the story together themselves. Schools deliver education that’s most often squashed down in one or two hours total to combine information on what periods are and how to manage blood, anatomy and how reproduction works which sends children the message that having periods means that falling pregnant is something to fear, and that when they begin their periods, they’re ready to have sex, which is not the case at all from a developmental point of view.
When talking about periods is so uncomfortable, it continues the menstrual taboo that we have been victims of for millennia. So how do we cultivate a period positive culture?