Welcome to a profound exploration of the intersection between psychedelics and motherhood, a topic seldom discussed yet filled with transformative potential. This article is inspired by our enlightening podcast interview with Mikaela de la Myco, which you can listen to on all streaming platforms.
Mikaela, a trailblazing advocate for earth medicines, sheds light on the fascinating connections between psychedelic experiences and fertility, pregnancy release, menstrual cycles, menopause, and the sacred feminine journey.
She shares personal stories, survey data, and anecdotes, revealing how psychedelics have not only empowered mothers but also nurtured a supportive community of mushroom moms.
Uncover the reimagining of menopause as a transition marked by wisdom, transformation, and deep self-care. Join the conversation as we break down barriers, challenge stigmas, and embrace a new narrative of psychedelic literacy passed down to the next generation.
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- Serotonin & Fertility: Psilocybin in mushrooms may boost serotonin levels, potentially supporting fertility and pregnancy.
- Pregnancy Phases & Psychedelics: Caution is needed in the first trimester, but psychedelics might be integrated in the second and third trimesters for some.
- Menopause & Psychedelics: Psychedelics, combined with plant-based remedies, can help alleviate menopausal symptoms. Menopause should be reimagined positively, emphasizing wisdom sharing and community support.
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Releasing Energetic Blocks: Infertility, Miscarriages, & Stillbirths
Motherhood isn’t solely about conception and childbirth; it encompasses the full spectrum of experiences, including miscarriages, stillbirths, and pregnancy releases. Mikaela underlines the significance of release journeys, emphasizing that these journeys are as important as the act of conception itself.
For many women, infertility and conception challenges can be influenced by emotional roadblocks or unresolved trauma. Mushrooms, with their remarkable ability to bring emotional memories to the surface, can facilitate the process of letting go.
They enable individuals to connect with the being they are ready to release, whether through childbirth or pregnancy termination. Psychedelics can serve as a bridge to understanding and releasing these psychological hindrances.
As Mikaela emphasizes, achieving conception isn’t just about the physical but also the emotional and spiritual. Psychedelics, through their profound experiences, pave the way for emotional release and a newfound sense of readiness for motherhood.
“There are interference patterns in a person’s psychology and a person’s emotional state, their ability to gravitate and manifest or hold onto or choose a spirit or a spirit choose them, can get absolutely worked out in experiences of this kind.
And what’s really wonderful is just as important as conception processes are is also just as important as release processes are too. And so if we’re talking also about menstruation and things that we’re letting go of even pregnancies that we’re releasing, it’s very possible to psychically connect to the being that we would also like to release and say it’s time to go.
Mikaela finds that if people are on a pre-conception journey, a high dose experience with the intention to remove blockages and clear what needs to get cleared in order for conception to occur, can be monumentally important leading up to the conception.
The Power of Serotonin in Conception
Serotonin, a neurotransmitter, plays a pivotal role in the journey to conception. It is, in fact, the key to bioavailable serotonin that can make the difference. Mikaela points out that substances like psilocybin, found in certain mushrooms, can contribute to higher serotonin levels.
As we’re leading into pre-conception, the availability of eggs, successful implantation, and the growth of the ovum is supported by serotonin. The potential connection between these plant medicines and the maturation of eggs underscores their significance in the realm of fertility.
Anecdotes abound, like the inspiring story of a woman who, after working through infertility and miscarriages during a psychedelic journey, defied expectations by conceiving within two months.
“Some people come with a particular intention, and sometimes those intentions have to do with wanting to become pregnant, for example.
There was a beautiful woman who was in a circle that I was serving with all women and she said that she really wanted to work through this infertility thing. She’d gone to fertility doctors. She’d had a lot of miscarriages as well, which was unfortunate and deeply saddening.
Talking to her during her integration experience, she was in a group chat with us and we got to celebrate her because she became pregnant when she was told she never could be– within a two month period, which is incredible.
So she’d gone through all the kinds of different therapies and this worked for her, which is really wonderful. I myself, after a full dose, like a very high dose experience of nine grams, conceived the next month.”
How Psychedelics Can Support Pregnancy
The First Trimester: A Time for Caution
The first trimester of pregnancy is a crucial period of fetal development. During this time, the foundation for the baby’s internal organs, including the heart and lungs, is laid. Mikaela de la Myco points out that substances can impact fetuses more profoundly during the early trimesters than in later ones. Thus, it’s a time for caution and consideration.
“70% of most pregnancies will end in the flushing before the 11th week period. So it’s very common to lose children up to then. Even a massage therapist won’t work on a mother pre-eleven weeks because of the risk factors associated with losing children at that stage and liability stuff.”
If you’re on the conservative side, you might find it more comfortable to explore this path in later trimesters. The first trimester often brings its own set of challenges, including nausea, morning sickness, and extreme fatigue, which can compound the stresses on the body.
However, if you’re open to the idea, this early phase can be seen as a time to shape the formative blueprint of your baby. Just as mushrooms can be a source of sustenance, you might consider nurturing your connection with your child through microdosing or other gentle practices.
The Second Trimester: A Time of Nourishment and Connection
As we transition into the second trimester, there’s often an upswing in energy levels and a return of appetite. This period is characterized by a sense of robustness and growth, both for the mother and the baby. It’s a time when the body is better equipped to handle additional challenges.
With the return of appetite and improved well-being, some mothers may choose to introduce mushrooms into their pregnancy journey. Mushrooms are not just sacred medicine; they are also a form of nourishment.
As the mother’s body becomes more resilient, it might be an appropriate time to consider the integration of mushrooms, aligning with the growing vibrancy of this phase.
“I see way more high doses at this phase than in any other phase. We’re talking like six grams or less, sometimes six grams or more, depending on the experience of the mother. My second trimester experience was three grams and that was extremely beneficial for me.”
The Third Trimester: Preparation and Integration
The third trimester heralds the approach of the birth portal, a time when the lessons of pregnancy must be wrapped up. The baby is becoming more robust and less fragile, making it conducive for some mothers to explore deeper experiences with psychedelics.
High doses during the third trimester are not uncommon. Some mothers journey with doses ranging from six grams or less to higher quantities, depending on their experiences and comfort levels. As the birthing process nears, these journeys can be instrumental in helping mothers prepare emotionally and spiritually.
Integrating Psychedelics into Labor: Early Labor Insights
During labor, it’s crucial to approach the integration of psychedelics with caution and discernment. The experience of labor is intense and involves distinct phases. Early labor, characterized by the onset of contractions, presents an opportunity for mothers to consider microdosing or integrating psychedelics.
These substances can heighten sensory awareness, amplify perception, and even enhance nonverbal communication. Mikaela shares stories of mothers ingesting psychedelics during early labor, leading to heightened awareness, which helped them navigate the birthing process effectively.
“It;s helpful to see visual acuity, sensory awareness being heightened, perception being heightened, psychic ability for some people can be heightened, or I guess nonverbal communication, which could lead to even more positive outcomes during even the very sensitive moments after the baby is born.
Once the baby was born, (mothers have) noticed signs and signals that the birth attendant in the space did not notice, which eventually led to help the survival of her young.”
The Cuarentena: A Sacred Postpartum Period
The postpartum period, often referred to as the cuarentena, encompasses the 40 days following childbirth. Traditionally, during this time, the mother and the newborn are meant to remain in seclusion, with the community tending to their needs.
This period allows the mother to recover physically and emotionally while bonding with her baby. Mikaela de la Myco suggests that the cuarentena is an ideal time for high-dose psychedelic journeys, as it mirrors the confinement and introspection experienced by a newborn in the womb.
Psychedelic experiences during the cuarentena can help mothers process their birth experience, address any trauma, and prepare for the transition back into the world. It is a time of profound transformation, and the use of psychedelics can aid in this journey of self-discovery.
Supporting Mothers: The Role of Partners and Community
The involvement of male-identifying partners in the birthing process has evolved positively over the years. Traditionally, men were often excluded from birthing rooms due to the tumultuous nature of obstetric practices.
However, recent times have witnessed a shift towards more inclusive and supportive birthing environments, with partners playing an essential role in ensuring better outcomes for motherhood. Partners being present during childbirth has been found to have a significant impact on the mother’s experience and overall well-being.
This presence helps bridge the gap of understanding and empathy between partners, fostering a deeper connection and shared responsibility in parenting. Beyond the birthing experience, Mikaela de la Myco emphasizes the importance of dissolving genderized labor and roles.
Partners participating in diapering and feeding, both through breastfeeding and bottle-feeding, can create oxytocin feedback loops, strengthening the bonding mechanism between parents and newborns. This inclusive approach to parenting allows partners to feel connected to their children from the very beginning.
Supporting cyclical beings, including mothers, in the community involves acknowledging and respecting their unique phases. Educating children about these cycles and reimagining language to avoid premenstrual stereotypes fosters a culture of understanding and respect.
This change can positively affect how we perceive and interact with cyclical individuals.
Businesses and institutions can also contribute by accommodating the needs of mothers, including lactation rooms and flexible schedules for pumping.
“As we organize business, as we organize these psychedelically informed institutions, can we make room for women to have not just a seat at the table, but build the table with us? Be in leadership positions, like rematriate entheogens, steering committees and important decision-making roles.”
Promoting a safe and non-judgmental environment for breastfeeding in public is essential, as it encourages women to feel protected and valued as they nourish their children.
“Sexualizing the breastfeeding experience makes people feel like they’re being preyed on by just trying to feed their babies. We’re not just for birthing babies. Like we have a powerful and important voice in this movement. Like we birthed all y’all, y’all wouldn’t be here without us.”
Integrating Psychedelics into Parenting
As our discussion continues, we delve into the topic of integrating psychedelics into parenting, including conversations with children about sacred earth medicine. Mikaela de la Myco brings up an important question: When and how should children be introduced to these substances?
This issue is relevant not only for new parents but also for those with older children or teenagers who may come into contact with psychedelics. While psychedelics are sometimes associated with counterculture movements, it’s essential to recognize that they have a place in the lives of parents and families.
The idea that these substances are solely for a particular demographic is outdated. Mikaela expresses her belief that discussing sacred earth medicine with children is a vital part of generational knowledge and wisdom sharing.
Children are remarkably perceptive and possess a natural curiosity about the world. Engaging in open and age-appropriate conversations about psychedelics and their potential benefits can empower children with knowledge and understanding.
By approaching these discussions with care and respect, parents can demystify psychedelics, reduce stigma, and provide a foundation for responsible and informed choices in the future.
Teenagers face a unique set of challenges, from academic pressures to emotional struggles. Some adolescents turn to pharmaceuticals like SSRIs to cope with these difficulties. However, there is a growing interest in exploring how psychedelics can offer support to youth.
These substances have the potential to provide insights and healing that may help teenagers navigate their formative years with greater resilience and self-awareness.
For those who have struggled with mental health issues in their youth, access to psychedelics may offer an alternative path towards healing and well-being. By providing a safer and more natural option, parents can help prevent harmful behaviors and support their children’s mental health journeys.
Psychedelics to Alleviate Symptoms of Menopause
Menopause can bring about various symptoms, some of which mirror those of heavy metal poisoning. This unexpected connection highlights the importance of adequate nutrition during this phase. Ensuring the body receives essential vitamins and minerals is crucial for managing menopausal symptoms effectively.
While there has been a surge in vegan diets in recent years, it’s essential to recognize that mineral-rich animal foods can be beneficial during menopause, offering vital support for overall health.
Psychedelics, particularly mushrooms, are known for their profound impact on the mind and body. When combined with specific plant-based remedies known as nervines, such as lemon balm, chamomile, St. John’s wort, rose, tulsi (holy basil), and black cohosh, they create a synergistic healing effect.
Nervines work on the central nervous system, helping to stabilize mood, regulate body temperature, and address mood swings—common menopausal symptoms. The introduction of psychedelics enhances the effectiveness of these plant-based remedies, making the transition smoother and more comfortable.
Menopause and Reimagining Women’s Eldership
Menopause, often viewed with apprehension, is a natural phase in a woman’s life that heralds significant changes in both physical and emotional aspects.
The perception of menopause has often been steeped in fear and stigma. It’s time to challenge these notions and reimagine menopause as a powerful and meaningful stage of life.
Instead of viewing it as the end of fertility, Mikaela challenges us to see it as a transition into a new phase of wisdom and self-discovery. Psychedelics play a crucial role in reshaping this narrative, offering women a unique perspective on their menopausal journey.
Menopause is not just about personal transformation but also about a shift in roles within the community. Mikaela emphasizes that elders transitioning into menopause should be afforded the time and space to rest and pass on their wisdom, or pass the torch to younger generations.
It’s a time for community support and the recognition that women’s roles and contributions extend beyond child-rearing to the caretaking of the portal between life and the other.
Unfortunately, societal pressures sometimes prevent individuals from embracing this phase of life fully. Menopausal women are still expected to carry on without the opportunity to rest and pass down their knowledge.
However, some elders are realizing the importance of resting and recognizing that they’ve paved the way for younger generations. They understand the value of their experiences and the importance of imparting their wisdom.
In this sense, psychedelics can serve as a catalyst for women to embrace their role as mentors, passing down their knowledge to the next generation and fostering a sense of community and support.
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Frequently Asked Questions
1. How can psychedelics help with infertility and conception challenges?
Psychedelics, like mushrooms containing psilocybin, can potentially aid individuals facing infertility and conception challenges. These substances can bring emotional memories to the surface, helping people address emotional roadblocks or unresolved trauma that may be contributing to these challenges.
By facilitating emotional release and readiness for motherhood, psychedelics can serve as a bridge to understanding and releasing psychological hindrances.
2. Are psychedelics safe to use during pregnancy?
The safety of using psychedelics during pregnancy varies depending on the trimester. During the first trimester, when fetal development is crucial, substances can have a more profound impact, so caution is advised.
However, some mothers choose to integrate psychedelics in later trimesters when the body is better equipped to handle challenges. It’s essential to carefully weigh the potential risks and benefits and consider gentler practices like microdosing.
3. How can psychedelics support mothers during the postpartum period?
Psychedelics can play a role during the postpartum period, also known as the cuarentena, by aiding mothers in processing their birth experiences, addressing any trauma, and preparing for the transition back into the world.
This period of introspection and transformation aligns with the confinement and introspection experienced by a newborn in the womb. Psychedelic experiences during this time can assist mothers in their journey of self-discovery and healing.