Mind Set Is Key To A Successful Birth
As women move through 9 months of pregnancy our bodies go through so many changes, and emotions can vary from elation,to, will I be able to give birth, manage the pain and look after my baby, be a good mother/parent.
As the month's pass, doubts, worries, stress, anxiety, and fear of pain and hospital visits can sneak in, it’s natural to feel stressed and anxious at various stages through pregnancy, especially when it comes to scans, tests, impending motherhood, relationship stresses, family members etc… But what we tend do is push the fear of birth and what it represents to the back of the mind thinking, I’ll be ok, and then Pandora’s box opens on the doorstep of the maternity hospital, leaving it too late to deal with our fears and emotions, making the journey harder for you, your partner and your baby along with added pressure on the Midwives and hospital resources.
The main fears I find with women in pregnancy are other people’s negative birth stories, needles, the anticipation of pain and how to manage it along with the fear of hospital interventions and previous birth experiences. With a little bit, of help, all of this can be addressed before you give birth!
A study on expectations of pain in childbirth in 1993 looked at over 700 women.
The results showed “anxiety about the pain of labour was a strong predictor of negative experiences during labour, lack of satisfaction of birth and poor emotional well-being postnataly. Women tended to experience what they expected, whether that was a lot of pain or a little”
Women Have Been Giving Birth For Centuries!
“PREPARE YOUR MIND AND LEARN TO TRUST YOUR BODY, KNOWING THAT THIS IS WHAT IT WAS DESIGNED FOR”
Birth Preparation: Recommendations For Women In Pregnancy!
Nine months is a journey and time for preparing both physically, mentally and emotionally, so it’s a good idea to divide it into 3 trimesters.
Trimester 1 Relaxation exercises, Cognitive Behavioural Mindfulness, Hypnosis for a relaxed pregnancy
Trimester 2 Pregnancy Yoga / Pilates, Hypnobirthing, Active Birth Classes, Breathing techniques
Trimester 3 Antenatal Classes, Hypnobirthing, Pregnancy massage, Birth Plan, Acupuncture
It is worth learning some breathing techniques as this will help you move through each stage of labour, keep you focused in the now, which in turn allows your body work its magic in bringing your baby to you!
Believe in your body’s ability to birth –It’s good to get some help along the way so that by the time your baby arrives you have all the energy and joy that you need to nurture your little one!
Ensure that you choose therapists who are experienced in working with women in pregnancy.
Aisling Killoran Psychotherapist & Hypnotherapist Dublin, Providing Hypnobirthing classes, breathing techniques and emotional support to women in pregnancy for over 16 years. 087-1352122