A New Addition to the Balance Family

by Jessica on September 4, 2013

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I am delighted and touched each day by this new addition to my life.  Friends had warned me before that a baby changes everything, and now I can understand why.  Dylan Bosco Desa was born August 25th at 4:06am.   He was born after a speedy labor, just four hours from our arrival at the hospital.  I can attribute much of the ease of labor to the breath work practices that I used to breathe through the contractions and remain calm.  This even fooled the nurses into thinking that I was in earlier stages of labor.  Today I wanted to introduce Dylan to the community – he has been on this earth for 10 days!

The nine month pregnancy and birth have once again shown the power of keeping expectations at bay.   I had a very good pregnancy – even at age 38-39 my body didn’t fall apart or grow enormous and I felt great throughout.

Many things about my pregnancy and birth were outside of the “normal” course.  I will write more about each of these points in due time.  Having this young one limits my time at the computer!

1. I practiced yoga, mostly Ashtanga yoga throughout.  I learned how to modify and left certain poses out that did not feel good.

2. I ate a 95% vegan diet throughout

3. I barely gained the expected weight

4. I did not swell up despite the heat

5. My labor was very fast and relatively easy.  (I won’t say pain-free)

6.  Using the breath work (pranayama) and meditation techniques helped me to cope with labor very well.

I will share more about each point above as time goes on.  My goal is to inspire other women to change their perspectives about pregnancy.  It can be such a wonderful, positive experience!

Have you been through pregnancy?  Do you have thoughts to share?  Please comment below.

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Eleni September 4, 2013 at 8:57 pm

I’m so happy for you! He is absolutely stunning. I have moved out of mid city and haven’t been able to make it to balance in a while but am still practicing at home as i await the arrival of my baby boy in December. So glad to have heard the news hope to get to meet your precious little guy one day.


Helen Barnett September 5, 2013 at 8:26 am

Dear Jessica,
I am so happy for you. What a beautiful baby boy. He looks quite peaceful! Isn’t the love overwhelming (in a good way!)?



Jessica September 7, 2013 at 1:26 pm

HI Helen,
Yes the love is overwhelming, in an awesome way. I feel that especially at night as I watch him feed and he looks up at me!


Ramona September 5, 2013 at 4:25 pm

Congratulations to you!! How adorable! How lovely!


Dana Hill September 6, 2013 at 11:52 am

So happy for you!!! He is beautiful!


Lynn Skelding September 7, 2013 at 9:19 am

Congratulations Jessica! What a beautiful addition to your life! Each day will bring you so much joy & love. I’m looking forward to seeing him in person.


Jessica September 7, 2013 at 1:25 pm

Thank you! I hope to bring him to the studio soon! He is quite peaceful most of the time and sleeps a lot.


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