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  • Writer's pictureAimee Isabel

Wild Pregnancy

Updated: Mar 9, 2023

Pregnancy is a transformative experience that can be both exhilarating and daunting. For many expectant mothers, the idea of "wild pregnancy" may sound strange or unfamiliar. But the truth is that embracing a wild pregnancy can be incredibly liberating and healing, allowing women to tap into their innate power and connect more deeply with their bodies and the natural world around them.

So what exactly is a wild pregnancy? At its core, a wild pregnancy is one in which the mother embraces her primal instincts and trusts her body to guide her through the pregnancy and birth process. This might mean opting for a more natural birth experience, such as giving birth at home or in a birthing center, or choosing to forgo medical interventions such as pain medication or induction.

But a wild pregnancy isn't just about the birth experience itself. It's also about the mindset and approach that the mother takes throughout the pregnancy. It's about tapping into her intuition and embracing her connection to nature, allowing her body to be guided by the rhythms of the seasons and the cycles of the moon.

For many women, embracing a wild pregnancy can be incredibly empowering. It allows them to take control of their own birth experience and to trust their bodies to do what they were designed to do. It can also be a healing experience, particularly for women who may have felt disconnected from their bodies in the past or who have experienced trauma related to childbirth or pregnancy.

One of the key elements of a wild pregnancy is mindfulness. By being present in the moment and fully embracing the experience of pregnancy, women can cultivate a deeper connection to their bodies and the natural world around them. This can involve practices such as meditation, yoga, or spending time in nature, all of which can help to reduce stress and anxiety and promote a sense of peace and calm.

Another important aspect of a wild pregnancy is community. While the experience of pregnancy and birth is deeply personal, it's also important to have a supportive network of friends, family, and healthcare providers who can provide guidance, encouragement, and assistance when needed. This might involve working with a midwife or doula who shares the mother's vision for a natural birth, or joining a community of like-minded women who can offer support and advice throughout the pregnancy and beyond.

Of course, it's important to note that a wild pregnancy isn't the right choice for everyone. Some women may feel more comfortable with a more traditional medicalized birth experience, or may have medical conditions that require intervention. And that's okay - the most important thing is for each mother

In conclusion, a wild pregnancy is a beautiful and liberating experience that allows women to tap into their innate power and connect with their bodies and the natural world around them. By embracing mindfulness, community, and a sense of trust in their bodies, women can experience a transformative pregnancy and birth that leaves them feeling empowered and healed. While it's not the right choice for everyone, for those who are drawn to this approach, the benefits can be profound. So if you're considering a wild pregnancy, take some time to explore your options, connect with like-minded women, and trust your instincts - you may be surprised at the magic that unfolds.

Wild pregnancy is a term I use for self pregnancy care. I have chosen not to have traditional western medical doctors or midwives advise me on the growth of my child or the health of my pregnant body.

“Wild pregnancy is for the informed and intuitive person. It's not for everyone.”

My first birth there was no way I would have gone without routine care from someone else. I needed their support to feel confident. I didn't know a lot about birth and had a lot of fears around it.

Traditional Pregnancy/Birth Care

For my first child, I had routine care from a Licensed Midwife in the State of Florida.

I planned to have by baby at home,

I found out I was pregnant by taking two (positive) pregnancy tests to confirm the funny feeling I had in my body and the dream I had the night before.

I received blood testing at 9 weeks to test for genetic abnormalities and to reveal the sex of the child.

At 20 weeks, I received a thorough ultrasound to make sure the whole baby was in tact and healthy.

The tech explained that they only found one kidney so I should schedule another one after 21 weeks.

A good friend of mine warned me about too many ultrasounds and the negative effect they can have on the unborn baby.

I declined the offer to schedule another ultrasound trusting my baby would be fine.

I went to the midwife and expected her to tell me everything I wanted to know- but didn't have the words for asking.

I took a Hypnobabies course that told me something like this... "This is the only childbirth course you'll need. Don't take any other courses as it will conflict with what we tell you and ruin your focus and bubble of protection."

I call MEGA BS on that course's statement of being the only course a person should take.

I highly recommend taking all the courses you can find and getting all the information you want to feel absolutely confident and prepared for the unpredictable birthing portal that lies ahead.

When it came down to my last appointment with my Midwife, I expressed some fears I was having and wasn't acknowledged, I knew something was wrong.

My birth was 2.5 days of arduous labor and ended in a medicated hospital transfer.

The problem was that I expected other people to find my answers.

I was outsourcing my intuition.

This is common is traditional pregnancy care, we expect the medical professionals to have all the answers to the things we don't know or understand about pregnancy and birth, but this is a recipe for other people's desires to take charge and for your birth to be medicalized and take a different route than you planned.

Wild Pregnancy

I've been on a mission to understand physiological birth so I can help myself through pregnancy and birth much more than I did the first time around.

This time I got pregnant, I didn't take a pregnancy test.

It took weeks for me accept that I was pregnant without that external validation, but I wanted to resist the urge to have that proof, when I KNEW without a doubt that I was pregnant.

I saw the spotting when implantation occurred. I missed my moon blood. I was nauseous. I had smell aversions. I felt my body loosening.

Everything in my body and mind said "you're pregnant" but there was still this extra tug to confirm- to validate my own intuition.

So I tested it out, pushed through to overcome the social conditioning of traditional pregnancy rituals and self initiated myself into my version of Wild Pregnancy.

Before I got pregnant I was reading fertility books, herbal healing books, and then once I got pregnant I dove into the Freebirth Society's online course, The Ultimate Guide to Freebirth, and Desire Miller, The Pennsylvania Midwife's Herbal Birthkeeper Live 22 hour training on Traditional Midwifery. I've read books on unassisted childbirth and have two close friends freebirth.

The idea of birthing freely without unnecessary intervention and observation has motivated me to cover all my bases. I have the desire to understand the complications that can occur during pregnancy and birth to feel confident enough to manage on my own, and know when I need to ask for support.

That last statement is the most important. I have gathered enough information so that I feel confident enough to know WHEN I need to ask for support.

My last birth I had complications that I've found 10 different holistic solutions for, while 1 medical intervention was employed at the time.

It's been vital to me to thoroughly understand the process of pregnancy and birth to be responsible for the positive outcome I desire.

I've learned to feel for specific imbalances in the body that can be signs of needing medical attention. I'm in tune with the being that is moving and growing inside of my body. I've learned to listen to my baby's heart tone with a fetoscope. I know my normal pregnancy blood pressure is on the low end. I know that I need to walk and get healthy movement in daily and eat vibrant foods.

I feel confident in the growth and health of my body, mind, and baby.

If I have any doubts, I know who to ask.

Wild pregnancy has been a reclaiming of my power.

It is a spiraling in and amplification of my intuition as a womb carrier.

This article is not comprehensive on the dynamic ways in which wild pregnancy can be. I'm just sharing my journey. I invite you to continue exploring this concept if you're on the path of empowerment. We can still obtain help from professionals, we can learn and gather confidence from those with more experience. We can lean on medical professionals to help dispel our doubts and fears- and ultimately it is YOU who births your baby. It is YOU who has the power to make choices and it is YOU who gets to live with them.

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