Many women approach childbirth with fear and anxiety. But birth is not a medical procedure; it’s a time for celebration and joy! Tina Otte advises how you can you become more positive about your baby’s birthday
YOUR MIND IS the greatest tool you have during labour. For many women, the biggest challenge of giving birth is getting out of your own head space and moving into an altered state, which you are well equipped to do with the powerful hormonal cocktail surging through your body. Giving up control in your mind and letting your body take over is a process that you may not be comfortable with. Affirmations can change all of that, as they make you conscious of your thoughts. To affirm means to say something positively. It means to declare firmly and assert something to be true. Affirmations are statements where you assert that what you want to be true, is true. When you say them or think them or even hear them, they become the thoughts that create your reality. Cut out and keep these affirmations to look at while you’re pregnant and to take with you to the hospital. Look at them when you find yourself wavering during labour and gather strength from them. Have the special women in your life write affirmations for you, putting their names on the notes. Know these women are with you during labour, supporting you.
With each surge, I tell my baby, I’m here, we are in this together. I love you
My body knows how to birth my baby
MY BODY IS SO STRONG. I CAN PUSH THIS BABY OUT
I am a strong, beautiful woman. I accept myself completely, here and now. I deserve this wonderful birth!
I celebrate each surge. I allow it to move wonderfully and purposefully through my body
I have grown this baby; I will push her out