Hypnobabies for a Pain-Free Childbirth

I have been working my way through my Hypnobabies home study course and finally finished all of t...

I have been working my way through my Hypnobabies home study course and finally finished all of the "classes." All I have left now is to continue to practice what I've learned until K makes his appearance. It's been an interesting challenge for me because I'm a bit of a skeptic so the idea of a pain free child birth and hypnotizing myself through it all makes me go a little, "eh?" I have found, however, that the information seems to have a good psychological basis.

A few things I think make it legit to me:

1. Positive Affirmations: I've used them in other areas of my life, also with heavy skepticism, but they work (for me). I think of it this way- I have all sorts of negative "affirmations" running through my head so essentially what the positive ones do is replace that... negative thoughts can influence us so greatly that our behaviors and outcomes in life change as a result. In our psychology classes we even discussed how voodoo can "work" where the person so strongly believes that they've been hexed that they will actually die with no medical explanation available (anxiety response?). So if that's the case, surely it can't hurt to replace all of those negatives with positive thoughts. And in fact, one of the most effective modalities (based on research) in psychotherapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, is based on that idea.

2. The Practice: There's a lot of work involved, but between the practice and the affirmations, my confidence level for a successful childbirth is high. As a result, my anxiety is also lower. After doing the tracks, I feel:
  • Less anxious
  • More positive and upbeat
  • Less depressed (I've been somewhat depressed this pregnancy so it's awesome to have this as a coping mechanism).
Even if it doesn't give me a perfectly delightful childbirth, it's been extraordinarily helpful to make the 9 months of pregnancy easier.

3.  The practice piece of Hypnobabies is a lot like meditation, in my opinion, so that means it should also be helpful to reduce stress. Less stress means less pain... Why do I assume less stress means less pain? People with a history of anxiety OFTEN have illnesses that result from anxiety.

For example, I have:
  • TMJ (tension in jaw from grinding teeth while anxious)
  • Lower back pain (tension in my lower back when I'm anxious)
  • Migraines (tension in my head as a result of anxiety)
  • Stomach issues (tension I hold in my stomach that results in stomach issues). 
I can tie EVERY single one of these "illnesses" to my anxiety (although my back pain is also aggravated by injuries). At times in my life when I've got more stressors and poor anxiety control, these illnesses show up. If I respond by coping with the anxiety, the illness/pain generally goes away. I strongly prefer coping with the anxiety myself to using pain killers, muscle relaxers, anti anxiety medications, etc.

I believe that I can relieve the pain of child birth by relaxing through it and releasing my fear... However, I anticipate that I will still feel as much pain as I allow tension/anxiety to leak through.

I'm really looking forward to a happier, healthier, less anxiety provoking labor with K than I had with G, and hopefully a shorter recovery period due to having a VBAC (vaginal birth after c-section) vs. another c-section. Only 8 more weeks to practice!



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DIY Danielle: Hypnobabies for a Pain-Free Childbirth
Hypnobabies for a Pain-Free Childbirth
DIY Danielle
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