I’ll be honest, I knew nothing about Hypnobirthing before I was pregnant.
I’d practiced a Hypnobirthing breath work in my Prenatal Yoga teacher training, but other than that my knowledge was limited.
As my pregnancy progressed, and my nerves started to get the better of me, I decided it was time to delve deeper into Hypnobirthing and find out what it was all about.
I took an online course in it and found it calming and reassuring from the very start. Realising it provided the perfect toolkit to help calm my nerves at moments of anxiety, and create a focus both during pregnancy, and childbirth.
Hypnobirthing isn’t one size fits all, through a full Hypnobirthing course a selection of ideas and methods are covered from relaxation techniques, hypnotherapy scripts, breath work and visualisation.
It’s then up to you to choose the ones that resonate with you the most, and practice them whenever you can (but also be open to the idea that in childbirth, you may find yourself drawn to entirely different techniques)
I’ll talk about Hypnobirthing during childbirth another day, but for me, these were the techniques I loved and found incredibly useful during my pregnancy:
A breath work for the Up Stage of Labour (the first stage, as the uterus muscles draw up). This calming, releasing breath is one I still practice to this day for its grounding energy. A slow inhale through the nose and a long exhale through parted lips. A beautiful breath work to practice at any moment of unease, designed to activate our rest and digest response.
Positive Birth Affirmations
I’m a firm believer in affirmations on a day to day basis, so I found these incredibly useful during my pregnancy. Repeating these empowering statements, and really feeling them can have such a profound effect on the mind and our beliefs around childbirth.
You will find a Positive Birth Affirmation Meditation at The Online Studio.
Knowing How My Body Would Work
Knowledge is power, and knowing how my body was going to function during childbirth gave me so much more confidence. I loved learning how the muscles of the uterus were working with me, having an understanding of the central nervous system and it’s role during birth, and all the other empowering details taught during a Hypnobirthing course.
Learning about the magic of Oxytocin has to be one of my favourite parts of Hypnobirthing, knowing how to activate this hormone, how to maintain it and the incredibly important role it plays in childbirth, gave me the motivation I needed to really focus on keeping myself calm, happy and relaxed.
There are many different scripts provided in a KGHynobirthing course, and I found listening to them could really transport me into a completely different state of mind and helped me to release some of my limiting beliefs around childbirth.
These are just a few, but were my go-to’s during pregnancy.
I would love to hear which techniques you found the most useful?