Affirmations are positive phrases that either
- you say out loud
- say in your in your mind
- listen to others saying
Affirmations can help your subconscious mind accept positive thought and attitudes.
There are a few ways you can make affirmations a part of your pregnancy.
- You can write down some affirmations, post them where you will see them every day and read them each time you see them.
- You can download an MP3 with pregnancy affirmations and listen to it every day. The Hypnobabies has both a pregnancy and a birthing time affirmation CD.
- If you Google Pregnancy Affirmations you can find many sites with lists of affirmations as well as different MP3s you can download.
It is handy to have an MP3, because it is easy to pop it into your car and listen as you drive. It is amazing how quickly the affirmations get into your mind. My students all love their Hypnobabies Pregnancy Affirmations.
I have seen moms answer questions like, “when is that baby ever going to be born?” with an affirmation – “My baby knows the perfect day to be born”
Focuses of affirmations:
Love your body
I see moms who are struggling with their changing body, learn to really love and accept their pregnant body as they listen to the affirmations.
- “I welcome the changes in my body.”
- “My pregnant body is beautiful.”
Trusting your body
- “My body knows how to nourish and grow my baby.”
- “My baby feels my love.”
- “My baby and I are healthy and strong.”
- “My body is perfectly equipped to give birth.”
It is especially powerful if you come up with affirmations that focus on the areas you have concerns about.
For instance, when I work with moms who have had a negative first birth experience I suggest the affirmation –
This is a new baby and a new birth!
This doesn’t negate their first experience, rather it helps them accept this time can be a new and better experience.
(I am open) (to birth)
(I am ready) (for my baby)
(I welcome) (my birthing time)
(I am confident) (and strong)
(Right here) (right now)
(I am equal) (to this challenge)
(I embrace) (this moment)
Tips to make affirmations better
How would it feel?
Add How would it feel to…. in front of an affirmation that is hard to believe. It will make it easier for your mind and body to accept.
How would it feel to embrace this moment?
Listening while falling asleep
Using your breath with your affirmations.
Use your breath as a container for a thought – Ten Zen Seconds book – 10 second long breath. 5 seconds in and 5 seconds out. A breath container that holds a thought. You think the first half of the phrase on the in breath and the second half on the out breath (Maisel, 2007).
This is essentially a tiny meditation technique that can be more readily incorporated into one’s daily life (especially a life that includes small children) than traditional, dedicated, more elaborate meditation techniques.