Repost from @livepurejenna ・・・
"Super yummy parfaits made with banana ice cream, blackberry chia seed pudding, granola and blackberry coconut yogurt! These babies fueled me up yesterday before our first 3.5 hour HypnoBirthing class, I loved every minute of it! I have already learned so much about how a woman’s body naturally works during birth child and the power of the mind. We received a beautiful photo to hang up on our wall of the optimal position for the baby when birthing, head down, facing back, on the left side, chin tucked and arms crossed so the baby is in the shape of a peanut. The affirmation for this photo is, “I see my baby positioned perfectly for an easy birth.” 😍❤️🙏🏼 One of the things I thought was super interesting was learning about the uterus and how each layer (there are 3, outer muscle, middle and inner) functions not only in labor but when a woman menstruates. I definitely recommend looking up a diagram. In labor, when levels of the hormone oxytocin risings, the outer layer muscle fibers (which are vertical) begin to draw upward, shortening the cervix and eventually concentrate at the top of the uterus when the baby is ready to emerge. This what women feel as surges or waves (aka contractions). Now the inner muscle layer of the uterus is what I found completely fascinating! It’s muscle fibers go horizontal and slowly SPIN and rotate during child birth but when a woman is menstruates. Another thing I found intriguing was that during a natural labor, the body has the ability the balance the hormones oxytocin and endorphins. Oxytocin brings on labor and as this happens, endorphins are released helping the woman in labor to feel good and much more at ease. Women who have labor that are medically induced by Pitocin (a synthetic form of oxytocin) unfortunately never get that raise in endorphins to balance to the “oxytocin”."