• Sarah Purvey

You Are What You Think

Your inner voice, the words you tell yourself, become your reality. True in life in general and true when it comes to birth. If you tell yourself over and over, that birth will be terrible, that you won't be able to cope, that it is always terrifying and painful, then that is what you will receive.

Every thought you have, produces a chemical reaction, whether positive or negative.

Affirmations are a powerful way to prepare for your birth experience. The words you constantly hear, rehearse, visualise and speak make an imprint on your subconscious. Create some of your own birth affirmations, you don't have to google very far, to find them. Put those words onto a photo you like - perhaps of a holiday you have been on, a photo of your pregnant belly or perhaps a place in nature. Then pop this picture up on your fridge, on your bathroom mirror or start to create a vision board. See the affirmations, speak them out loud, hear them being spoken to you (head over here to download the Surge of the Sea and affirmations). The more you do this, the stronger and more efficient the neural pathways in your brain become and then you'll be able to draw on these pathways, when it comes to your birthing day. For example, instead of immediately saying "I can't cope with this," you might say "every surge is bringing me closer to my baby" or "my surges are never too strong for me, as they are me."

Tell your birth partner or your caregivers these affirmations, before you birth, so they can also recite these same words to you to enable you to focus and relax deeply, instead of fearing the sensations of birth. "Every surge brings my baby closer to me" has always been a favourite of mine, as it's changing the relationship with the contractions. No need to fear them, but allow them to come, work with them and know that every surge is your body and baby working hard 💪 . Contact me now, for your spot in my March 2020 - Hypnobirthing Australia class, or for Hypnobubs Online .

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