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Affirmations Can Help Ease Anxiety During Pregnancy

Thursday, 25 July 2013 07:10 Written by 
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I’ve had excessive anxiety throughout my lifetime so it was no surprise that when I became pregnant for the first time I became very anxious about birthing. I didn’t want to have an epidural and in researching the alternatives I found Hypnobirthing which helped relieve my anxiety around birthing. The course included audio birthing affirmations that I listened to time and again and when it was time to birth my baby I was so calm that the hospital staff thought I had an epidural when I had no pain medications whatsoever.

When I became pregnant with my second child I had recently come through a very difficult time in my life. I had overcome panic attacks and severe anxiety. I was finally feeling great. However, the pregnancy triggered a lot of ‘what if’ questions. I started to get very anxious about the possibility of miscarriage. I had no logical reason to worry about this, but anxiety isn’t usually logical.

I did not want to go back to having severe anxiety and panic attacks and thought affirmations could help. However, the affirmations for birthing didn’t have what I needed. Affirmations for overcoming general fears weren’t what I was after either.  I just wanted audio affirmations for pregnancy. I couldn’t find any that were pregnancy specific so I decided to record my own. I also wrote down a few of my favourite affirmations such as “My baby is healthy and strong” and “My baby is developing according to nature’s perfect plan” and I put these along with a few others on a sticky note next to my toilet so I could see them and reinforce them every time I needed to use the toilet (being pregnant this was rather often!).

The affirmations for pregnancy that I developed were very helpful. Once I got over the anxiety that I would miscarry, I used the affirmations to help with my overall mood and energy. I decided to share my affirmations with other women who may be going through what I was going through. I professionally recorded Affirmations for Pregnancy and released them on my website and on iTunes. I sincerely hope that they are helping other women as they helped me. 

If you’re new to the concept of affirmations, they are simply thoughts that you are affirming to yourself. They can be negative (as the obsessive thoughts of anxiety often are) or they can be positive. People often don’t realise that the thoughts they are affirming in their minds are very negative.  Take some time to listen to your self-talk. If you identify many negative thoughts, take action to make your thinking work for you instead of against you. Some examples of affirmations that are good for pregnancy are:

  • I choose to feel good during my pregnancy
  • My baby and I are healthy and strong
  • Meeting my own needs allows me to meet the needs of my baby
  • I have the right to make choices about the birth of my baby

I have a list of pregnancy affirmations that I share as a free gift when you sign up to the mailing list on my website www.affirmationsforpregnancy.com. You can print it out and put it somewhere you can see it often. You can also can write your own affirmations.

Some tips for writing your own affirmations include:

  • Be specific about what you want to happen or how you want to feel
  • State your affirmation in the present tense, writing about it as if it is already happening.
  • Even if you don’t believe your positive affirmation at first, stick with it. With practice you will begin to benefit from repeating the affirmation.
  • Say your affirmations aloud. If you can say them while looking in a mirror they are even more powerful
     

 

Affirmations are just one tool that can help with anxiety. You can find more help for prenatal and postnatal anxiety and depression at http://www.postpartum.net/Get-Help.aspx

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About the author: Jamie Hocking is the founder of Mindful Pregnancy and the creator of Affirmations For Pregnancy. Her mission is to support pregnant women with empowering practices so they can embrace the transformative power of pregnancy. Jamie is currently training to be a Hypnobirthing Practitioner. She is the mother to two daughters, ages six and one. 

 

 

Website: www.affirmationsforpregnancy.com

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