Affirmations are yet another powerful tool for your birth. These positive mantras harness the power of the mind to help your laboring body push through pain, uneasiness and anxiety that naturally arise with the unknowns of labor and delivery.
Affirmations are not just for those whose focus is a natural birth, Affirmations can also keep you focused and in control with epidurals, or C-sections - keeping high blood pressure, nausea, and anxiety at bay by keeping you focused and centered.
Here’s some tips for choosing, and using affirmations for your birth:
Have choices but not too many…
Choose 4-8 affirmations and have them written down in a large font on something that can be viewed from 2-3 feet away. This gives you maximum flexibility once you’re in the labor room. Keep them in hand, propped on a table, taped to your partner’s head, 😊 etc.
Make it personal
Is there a saying, a slogan, a song, that inspires you? Include that in the rotation. Inspiration can come from anywhere, but if it’s personal to you you’re likely to connect with it during labor.
Only positive vibes
Don’t acknowledge the elephant in the room by naming your anxiety or pain. Instead of saying “I am pain free” try “I have confidence my body will do what it’s designed to do”
Think of Your Future
This study found that the effectiveness of self-affirmations was tied to using future related thinking. It seems that having that future goal, allows your body and mind the ability to react, while present tense affirmations can frustrate both if the immediacy of the affirmation is not accomplished.
Practice Makes Perfect
Decide on your affirmations in advance and repeat them, before bed, in the shower, whenever you have time to quiet your mind and connect with your baby. Repeating them and having them ingrained before labor will help you remember them when it’s go time.
Need inspiration? Here’s a few Birth Focus Affirmations to get you started: