If you follow or know a lot about astrology, then you may already know that Mercury is currently in retrograde. But if you don't know much or anything about astrology, then the previous statement will have most likely confused you. If you fall under the latter group, that's okay! Here's what it means.
To put it in layman's terms, Mercury being in retrograde means that the Earth isn't moving backward. See, Mercury's orbit around the Sun takes 88 days total. This is quite shorter compared to the just over 365 days it takes for Earth to do the same thing. Due to this vast difference, the Earth's journey will overtake Mercury's for several weeks. When this happens, Mercury will appear to move backward. That is when Mercury is in retrograde.
We're here to explain the Mercury retrograde and how to can affect different parts of pregnancy. This includes conceiving, pregnancy, and giving birth. Certain things will change or not change, depending on where you are in your journey to motherhood. Here's what you can expect!
The most important thing to know is that during the Mercury retrograde, it's totally okay to get pregnant at any point in this time span. That's because retrograde grades aren't known to negatively impact one's unborn baby. This is the biggest takeaway, but it's far from the only one.
The other important thing you should know is you'll most likely suffer from miscommunication issues. Misunderstandings will pop up more during the Mercury retrograde- and such misunderstandings can happen between you and your partner, too. This can lead to issues such as being forgetful and/or argumentative. So if you and your partner are actively trying to have a baby, you're going to want to ensure you're on the same page and are tracking your fertility consistently (if necessary).
While the two things mentioned above are the most memorable and matter the most in terms of getting pregnant, there's more on top of that. You should avoid trying anything new due to the increased percentage of failure. However, having transformative experiences (i.e. getting pregnant) is totally okay. You're also going to want to keep an eye out for any tech issues (i.e. a fertility app you're using suddenly not working), as they're bound to happen more during the Mercury retrograde. You should budget more for the possibility of having a baby, and also ensure that any directions read (i.e. from an ovulation test) should be read more than once. That way, nothing is missed and you're fully prepared when you do get pregnant.
You get pregnant during the Mercury retrograde (or are already pregnant), congratulations! It's always an exciting time to have a baby, especially if it's going to be your first child. If you think the Mercury retrograde won't affect your pregnancy, think again. Some of the things that would affect you if you're trying to get pregnant will stick around, but others will no longer be an issue.
Unfortunately, the one thing that's going to stick around during your pregnancy is miscommunication issues. If you wish to blame it all on pregnancy brain (more commonly known as "baby brain"), there's an issue in doing so. That's because pregnancy brain will be your biggest issue if you're expecting during the Mercury retrograde. Between that and the aforementioned miscommunication issues, you need to be careful when speaking to your partner, family or anyone else- especially if you're discussing important matters. Be mindful when making any and all crucial decisions (i.e. deciding on your birth plan). Finally, make sure all communication you have with others is correct, regardless of the medium (i.e. emails, in-person conversations, texts, etc.).
In addition, you should know that traveling while pregnant during the Mercury retrograde will be more stressful than usual. So if you have any traveling on the horizon- be it for business or for pleasure- be as prepared as possible and try to make it as easy as possible. Also, your nervous system may act out without warning, and that can negatively impact your digestive system. The last thing you should know happens to be the most positive- it's best to do your nesting during the Mercury retrograde. That's because this is said to be the perfect time to get organized while also reflecting on your long but rewarding road to motherhood.
Now, you know how the Mercury retrograde will affect you if you're getting pregnant, or if you're currently pregnant. It's important to know how this retrograde will affect labour and giving birth. There's been a long-standing belief among moms and moms-to-be alike that if you're pregnant during the Mercury retrograde, you're more likely to go into labour during that time. That's because of how the planet located closest to the Sun moves backward during its retrograde, and therefore throw your due date totally off course.
If you're worried that this will happen to you, take a deep breath and calm down. That's because scientists and medical experts both agree that there's no proof in women being more likely to go into labour during the Mercury retrograde. In fact, most of them aren't completely sure what triggers a woman to go into labour in the first place. One theory is that telomeres (the part of your DNA that affect how your cells age) appear in the amniotic fluid to signal to your unborn baby that it's go time.
But if you truly believe that the Mercury retrograde affects your everyday life, it doesn't hurt to be prepared for some of the aforementioned issues it brings about. Make sure that all communications will be clear, potential tech issues are nipped in the bud, and traveling to the hospital or birthing center you plan to give birth in is stress-free.
It's okay to feel a little anxious about the impending Mercury retrograde. This is especially true if you're trying to get pregnant, are currently pregnant, or are close to giving birth. But don't let such anxiousness take over your entire life. This is supposed to be one of the most exciting events of your entire life, so try to enjoy this wonderful experience as much as you can!