- Cry and celebrate your decision to try to make a baby.
- Buy a bunch of spiritual books on conception because although you are growing increasingly minimalist, you love a good book and you and your partner want to approach conception from a conscious point of view.
- Get off birth control and ask a nurse/shaman you trust what you should do in the weeks and/or months you are trying to conceive. Her answer: “Be healthy.”
- Start taking an all-natural prenatal vitamin.
- See your OBGYN, who also gives you the green light. (And begin to wonder if you should consider a midwife and/our doula, but realize you and hubby can decide that much later.)
- Start writing a journal with hubby to give to future baby one day, inviting the child into your lives.
- Together with hubby make a mandala, a spiritual art project representing baby and all your hopes and dreams for him or her. (This step is still in progress.)
- Stress as your homones are attempting to regulate themselves and you don’t get your period for 41 days after going off birth control.
- Decide you will not worry about the details and you will embrace your inner flower child and pursue a minimalist, spiritual conception.
- Love and make love. No charts, no mucus analyses, no temperatures.
Have any of you pursued conception in a minimalist or spiritual way, or are any of you currently pregnant and are planning on having a minimalist “baby world?” What thoughts or advice do you have on how to have that kind of pregnancy/conception — or why it wouldn’t work for you? I respect that too.
It’s interesting…I love a good novelty (marketer’s dream, anyone?), am entranced by Times Square, and adore a traditional baby shower as much as the next girl, but the more hubby and I think about it, the more we want to take a different approach for ourselves. I am excited to explore these ideas of minimalism and spirituality in the months to come as we hopefully become pregnant and begin to plan our future as a family of three. I would love to get your perspective as I begin to explore those ideas!