Myth busting again!
Okay - full confession, I 100% thought hypnobirthing was something for real hippy types and that it involved being in a trance before I was pregnant. I had no clue what medical hypnosis actually entailed and assumed it was not something that would work for me.
How wrong was I! Hypnobirthing, using the hypnosis tracks on the GentleBirth app was one of my best birth preparation tools and really helped me have a positive, calm and relaxed birth.
In simple terms, our subconscious mind makes up about 90% of your mind even though we’re actually a lot more aware of our conscious brain. The subconscious mind is controlling all your involuntary bodily functions, our emotions etc. and so in order for our biology to respond optimally we want our subconscious brain to view birth as a normal, positive physiological event and respond as such - not as a crisis or panic situation and send our body into fight or flight! (Hello adrenaline!) In order to do this though we have to “let go” of any fears or anxieties we may hold about birth and rewire those neural pathways to view birth positively. Our subconscious mind cannot tell the difference between what is real and what is vividly imagined, so if you’ve been watching too many over dramatized birth shows, that’s currently your minds “reality”. Pregnancy, with increased neuroplasticity in the brain, is one of the prime times to do this work to rewire your brain for a more positive and relaxed outlook.
Using hypnobirthing we firstly allow ourselves to relax enough for our hypnosis tracks to infuse your mind with the positive birth mindset, and it’s so so easy. Basically you just need to commit to lying on your bed for twenty minutes every day while pregnant and drift off into a blissfully relaxed state - and it’s an evidence based way to improve your birth experience - what’s not to love!
If you’d like to learn more about self hypnosis for birth - send me a message or download the Gentlebirth app, you can get a seven day free trial to see how you find it and if you’re an Irish Life Health customer you can get a YEAR free on the app!
Did you use hypnosis for birth? How did you find it?