Whether you make an affirmation banner or board, print cards, color papers, listen to tracks or just keep them in your mind; birth affirmations can be extremely helpful during a woman’s pregnancy and natural birthing time. Joyful pregnancy affirmations are something women should be familiar with throughout their pregnancy, as they help to build confidence, diminish fears and calm nerves. Once they are embedded in your memory, you can use them throughout your birthing time to help you get through some of the not-so-easy moments.
Personally, I practiced listening to the birthing affirmations track daily from my hypnobabies class and I also made an affirmation banner of my favorites using construction paper and colored card stock from the craft store.
Here are my favorite affirmations that I used during my birthing time.
“My body was made to do this.”
This is something you need to remember and believe in. It is the truest birth affirmation there is. You are a woman, your body was made to do this. You have everything you need to birth your child naturally. For me, when things got harder than expected, I needed to look up at this and remember how true it was. Fear and nervousness are bound to set in at some point, so when they do, just know, your body WAS made to do this!
“Smile” – You are going to meet your baby soon!
“Focus” & “Love”
“Laugh” – It is the best medicine.
“Relax” & “Breathe”
“Trust” – Trust in your body, surrender to it.
“Don’t hold back; Let Birth Happen.”
Don’t tense up. Relax and surrender to your body. I would look up at this one during my birthing time and realize I was actually giving birth and remember to let it happen, comfortably.
“My baby is almost here!”
This is what kept me going, but as obvious as it may be, you may need a reminder during your birthing time. You are closing in on the end of this 9 month journey. Your time is finally here. So soon – you are going to meet your baby!
“Time has no meaning in this situation.”
Very true. For low-risk pregnancies which lead to natural births, time has no meaning during labor. Your body will go though the stages on its own terms and checking the time will not help you progress. Dilating, stretching, opening…your body is working on its own time. The only “clock” I had was the sun in the window. 28 hours felt like maybe 15. Don’t watch the clock, just take it one minute, one breath, at a time.
“I am a precious woman giving birth to a precious baby.”
“I am SAFE.”
This is important to remember throughout your birthing time. When things got extra tough for me, my midwife would remind me that I was safe, and that meant the world to me. Know you are safe.
“This is the right way for me to birth my baby.”
Know that whether you are in the hospital, a birthing center or your own home, you made this choice. Be confident. You made an educated and informed birth plan and it is the right one for you.
“It is said women leave their bodies during their birthing times, that they travel to the stars to collect the souls of their babies, and they return to this world together.”
My personal favorite. Maybe this is why labor always seems to be a blur to women. Or how we manage the pain.
“If you have to jump off a cliff, why think about it? Just jump.”
“I relax deeper and deeper with every pressure wave I ride.”
This is a hypnobabies affirmation. In hypnobabies, you train your body to go into a self hypnosis and feel hypno-anesthesia throughout your body. Your relaxation gets deeper and your anesthesia stronger with ever contraction you get through.
“If things start happening, don’t worry, don’t stew… Just go right along an you’ll start happening too!” -Dr. Seuss quotes work well in labor!
“A bird sitting on a tree branch is never afraid of the branch breaking, because her trust is not in the branch but in her own wings.” Believe in yourself, in your own body.
“Birth is Empowering”
“Think how far you have come, not how far you have to go..” This one could not be more true during a long labor! You never know how much longer, but you do know you have done a great job so far and you’re almost there!
“My body is OPEN.” You must imagine your body opening, ready for baby to come through.
“Bubble of Peace” – This is another hypnobabies affirmation. You create your own bubble where you can go to when you begin to feel uncomfortable. Nothing can bother you in your bubble. Imagine it.
“My baby feels my strength.” And your fears. Be strong, “relax”.
“Will you succeed? Yes…you will indeed! 98 and 3/4 percent, guaranteed!” – More Dr. Seuss
“She believed she could, so she did!”
“I am not the only one… 300,000 other women are giving birth with me right now.” This one is so surreal. It certainly helped me to know so many other women were feeling the same things I was, all over the world.
“I will praise thee, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.”
“All discomfort will pass.” Yes, this. Lifesaving reminder!
“Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory.” –More Dr. Seuss! This one is powerful. You will soon cherish the moments of your birthing time. All of them.
“I trust my body.”
“My body hears everything my mind says. Stay positive.” Mind over matter!
“Birth is natural.”
Thanks for listening to my favorite birth affirmations! My banner meant so much to me and was a big part of my confidence during my birthing time.
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