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Cacao mothering energy has seen it soar through hearts far and wide. Rightfully nick-named 'Mama Cacao' for its soft, gentle, and nurturing properties, it's no surprise that Keith's Cacao has become the perfect companion for pregnancy and motherhood.
Becoming pregnant can be a beautiful and exciting, albeit terrifying, time. Cacao can be the perfect companion on this transformative journey thanks to its healing, anti-oxidizing, and mystical qualities. Laura Durban, a Keith's Cacao Practitioner living in Glastonbury, pays testament to Cacao for supporting her pregnancy journey.
For 5 years previous, Cacao helped Laura slow down, live a more heart-centered way, help with anxiety and even eliminate sugar from her diet. It wasn't until the initiation into motherhood that they embarked on a whole new journey, through the womb, together.
Alongside alleviating morning sickness, Cacao is ideal for pregnancy's typical troubles of constipation, water retention, and digestive irregularities due to its diuretic nature. Removing excess toxins, salt, and water from our bodies by keeping ourselves regular can help pregnant women with feelings of bloating and discomfort.
On a deeper psycho-spiritual level, Laura received guidance from Cacao to explore feeling nauseated by the prospect of an unplanned pregnancy. Drinking it, she was encouraged to become comfortable with discomfort and understand and break through fears about the unbeknown journey ahead.
By infusing their days with Cacao, Laura and her partner have carried each other through the changing waves of pregnancy by consciously relating through trials and tribulations. The first trimester saw Laura's sexual appetite decrease, which understandably brought forth feelings of shame, guilt, and confusion. However, as she slowed down and released her own harsh expectations, Laura realized that growing a new life is all that is required of her.
"It is magical beyond measure to experience a new life growing inside of me."
As Laura's journey progressed, an alchemical union between her pregnancy and Cacao formed, igniting her fire in unexpected ways. Defying the tradition of keeping a pregnancy secret until the 12th week for fear of miscarriage, Laura followed her instinct and shared her news with family and friends as she felt now was the time she needed support from her community the most. Awakening the fierce and protective 'Mother Bear' energy within her, Laura felt more confident and righteous to speak her truth and stand up for herself.
"It was a balancing act of opening the heart towards limitless possibility & love yet remaining rational and protective over my own experience; what I allowed in, and what (or who) I gave my energy to."
As her bump continued to grow through the trimesters, Laura experienced an increase in energy levels with the help of Cacao. With a future to plan and a childhood to cherish, Laura uses her new motivation to trust her heartfelt desires by focusing on soulful work projects. She describes her renewed relationship with Cacao as walking alongside her rather than leading from a few steps ahead.
Her expanding Cacao business will see facilitator training, a community membership, online courses, a youtube channel, and of course, regular ceremonies to infuse the hearts and souls of her local community. Although away from family and friends back in Germany, Laura takes great solace in her growing tribe, which continues to nurture and support her dreams.
Throughout her pregnancy, Laura has felt supported by Cacao's embrace. She has gained strength in moments of triggers met by restful pauses during moments of exhaustion. Feeling blessed by the Spirit of Glastonbury, Laura takes solace in her mindful daily practice of sipping Cacao slowly on the grass to connect to the growing new life inside of her.
Cacao encompasses all that motherhood entails; acceptance, curiosity, and a pure surrender to love, which Laura continues to embody throughout this miraculous rite of passage. She looks forward to a full ceremonial dose during her birthing ceremony, co-facilitated by her loving partner.