Jour­ney to your happy place

Living and Loving - - PREGNANCY & BIRTH -

Visu­al­i­sa­tion is a sim­ple tech­nique to help you re­lax dur­ing labour and birth. “Think of a place where you feel happy – it could be your gar­den, a beach you’ve vis­ited, or a place in time when life was great,” says Jackie. “Then tell your birth part­ner all about your ‘happy place’.

If it’s nearby, pay a visit. If it’s a beach in Thai­land, show him or her a photo.” In the weeks lead­ing up to labour, put your feet up on the couch reg­u­larly, shut your eyes, and ask your part­ner to de­scribe all the lit­tle de­tails as you paint a pic­ture in your mind. If you’re not used to us­ing this tech­nique, it’s per­fectly nor­mal to feel self-con­scious, but it’s good to get over those gig­gles be­fore the big day. Once you’ve mas­tered it, vi­su­al­is­ing this happy place dis­tracts your brain and phys­i­cally tricks your body into re­lax­ation mode, which is great for preg­nancy and even more use­ful in labour. “Hav­ing your birth part­ner de­scribe your happy place will help you vi­su­alise it,” says Jackie.

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