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Curious about how birth affirmations can help you prepare for labor?
As you move through your pregnancy, you’re probably looking for ways to prepare your body and mind for your labor and delivery experience.
As a doula, I help pregnant people identify and practice the tools and coping techniques that they want to use during their labor. Birth affirmations are often at the top of the list along with breathing exercises, counter pressure, and positioning (think Spinning Babies).
Why are these comfort measures so popular? They are super flexible, require little or no special equipment, and can be used in a variety of different environments (think home, hospital, birth center, or even an uncomfortable elevator ride or long drive in the car.)
Ok, so now that you know a little more about birth affirmations, how can you actually go about using them?
Here are my top doula tips for using birth affirmations:
Now that you’ve got a sense of how affirmations work, where can you find the right positive messages for you? If you are new to using affirmations, don’t worry we’ve got you covered.
I asked Kristen Rose Hanna, mom of two, an Expectful Meditation Guide and Yoga instructor who leads a live Birth Affirmation class each month as part of our Community Events to share some of her favorite affirmations to build your birthing confidence and use during labor.
Here’s what she had to share….
I am designed to birth my baby.
My body knows how to give birth
My body is intuitive and wise.
My baby is intuitive and wise.
I trust my body and my baby.
I release fear and worry.
I trust that my baby’s birth will happen at the aligned time.
I accept the path my baby’s birth takes with love, peace and ease
I trust you, baby.
I will flow through birth, allowing my body to unfold organically.
I will accept all sensations as they come.
I know each sensation is going to bring me closer to meeting my precious baby.
I relax and my baby relaxes with me.
I am fierce and flexible.
I am strong and capable.
Birth is powerful so I will allow it to empower me.
I breathe deeply and I am calm.
I surrender effortlessly.
Want more affirmations for birth? Check out our Birth Support library in the Expectful app! Plus, your Expectful membership gives you access to our on-demand hypnobirthing course and all our live Community Events, including Kristen’s monthly Birth Affirmations class.
We understand that growing your family while having a healthy and happy pregnancy and baby is probably a top priority for you right now.
We created Expectful to help you harness the power of your mind to have a healthy, happy pregnancy and baby.
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