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HINU Home Volume 2. Lucette Romy

Our HINU Home series explores the personal connection we have with our hair and the way rituals help bring us back home to ourselves.

Photography by Ben Rayner

HINU Home Volume 2. Lucette Romy

Our HINU Home series explores the personal connection we have with our hair and the way rituals help bring us back home to ourselves.

Photography by Ben Rayner

"It’s certainly the most human I have ever felt...surrender is sometimes all I can do."

Lucette Romy, currently residing in Bundjalung Country in Northern New South Wales, is not only a designer, photographer, artist, and alchemist but also a soon-to-be mother, eagerly anticipating the arrival of her first child. She graciously opens up her world to us, sharing her pregnancy journey with insights, reflections, and heartfelt honesty.


 How do you find yourself surrendering to the experience of pregnancy and embracing the transformations that come with it?

It’s certainly the most human I have ever felt...surrender is sometimes all I can do. Each day presents itself with new sensations, emotions, growth. It’s a rite of passage that has required a lot of trust, patience and rest for me. At the same time I’ve also found myself feeling abundantly creative, which is not unlike me, but it feels intensified, coupled with my body creating and expanding new life. I take surrender in rest and creation. Lots of nourishment and space held for this time. 

Can you elaborate on the moments when you feel the most connected to the new life growing within you? What does it feel like to sense their presence and movement?

It’s usually in the early hours and late at night if I wake. When everything is still and soft and quiet and it feels like it’s just us. I’ll sometimes just be laying and feel a little movement and be reminded, there are two hearts in my body right now. We chose not to find out the gender and allow the mystery to unfold as nature intended. It really adds to it all I feel, leaning ultimately into trust and tuning into my intuition and also this little being. 



Have you found that your perspective on self-care and nurturing has shifted during pregnancy? If so, in what ways?

Yes and no, I have always placed a lot of importance on self care but this journey has elevated it in ways. I’ve certainly learnt a lot more about nourishing my inner world. I thought I knew a lot but pregnancy nutrition has expanded my knowledge a lot on the female body and its needs for fertility, conception, gestation and post partum. It’s beautiful to understand this more and really feel the difference. 

I’ve needed much more body work as my physical being is shifting so much and it’s been necessary to tend to these changes and feel supported. Using clean, organic products topically and internally. Belly massage everyday to help with the continuous stretching and growing. Magnesium spray to assist sore and fatigued limbs and back. Hinu oil to continue to strengthen and nourish my hair. If I can help not having so much postpartum hair loss I will take all the self care hair I can get. 

Self care for me has also been learning to ask for help, a lesson that I feel will only continue in importance once baby is here. 

What advice or insights would you offer to other expectant mothers who may be navigating similar emotions and experiences during their pregnancies?

Lean into community, see if you can find a birth circle in person or even online. Sometimes the thing that is most helpful to me is just feeling seen and validated by others who really know what you’re feeling and going through. We can’t do it all alone and it can feel deeply isolating some days. Feeling resonance within your experience and not feeling so alone on challenging days. If all feels too hard, cozy socks, hot water bottle, bone broth or hot chocolate, and a movie in bed. It’s ok to take a moment and disconnect.

  

LUCETTE ROMY'S HINU HOME PLAYLIST
I. Wulu Dream - David Darling and The Wulu Bunun
II. Ocean Flow Zither (Mia Doi Todd Remix) - Laraaji
III. ambien - Terekke
IV. Scrub Your Ego - Suso Sáiz
V. Arrival - Domenique Dumont
VI. Corners - Jason Kolàr
VII. Reminiscence - Woven Kin
VIII. さまよう - Ann Annie
IX. Nature's Ratio - Slowly Rolling Camera
X. Being Here -  Mammal Hands

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