30 weeks feels like a milestone. 10 weeks left – a nice finite number. I feel like I’m finally settling into pregnancy and have started thinking about the birth. I’ve always had an idea of the kind of birth I’d like (natural and no intervention) but now I’m thinking about the mechanics of how to achieve that. I’m reading The Gentle Birth Method, as recommended by a friend who had a positive labour. It’s sort of hypnobirthing but with a good helping of yoga, nutrition and massage on the side. After my first prenatal yoga session last Saturday I can safely say I am a convert. I told the rather lovely teacher the problems I’ve been having (achy hips and sleepless nights) and we worked on ways of solving them through gentle stretches and breathing exercises. It worked, hooray! I’m practising deep relaxation (some might call this hypnosis but I am still too cynical for that) and it turns out Matt is a willing and accomplished masseur. I am one lucky lady. The only bit I’m not so sure about is the strict wheat and sugar free diet. Cake has been an understanding and loyal friend throughout this pregnancy business. Can I turn my back on it now? Doubtful but I’ll try. I’m not expecting miracles and have been fully briefed on all the out-of-your-control things that can happen once you hit the labour ward, but at least I will know I tried. If labour is a marathon then let the training begin. RAH (or something more zen).