A tool I use during labors as well in my daily life is affirmations. And guess what. It’s FREE! It is also simple to use. Affirmations: Positive statements that you repeat to yourself. They can be used during pregnancy, during all stages of labor, postpartum and even throughout life. They are so versatile and can be so personal to you. But I thought I’d give some ideas about them and some of my favorites that I think you might find helpful.
So you think you want to use them during labor and birth? You should consider starting to use them during your pregnancy. An idea I like to recommend is to write them down on post it notes or index cards and put them around your house- your nightstand, bathroom mirror, the refrigerator, computer, and also your office desk or your car (DON’T READ IT WHILE DRIVING! THIS IS MEANT TO BE DONE WHILE CAR IS IN PARK! but I’m sure you know that). Now, whenever you see a card, repeat it. Say it to yourself. Out loud, in your head, whatever works for you and you feel comfortable doing. When you do this take a few deep breaths and relax. Let your mind envision what the card reads. Put that positive thought out there. And do this over and over and over.
Why start during pregnancy? Well, when you are doing this you are training your body to relax. You are getting your mind used to hearing those affirmations, those positive words and phrases. It won’t be new to you during labor. You already have let your mind show you those positive images around each card and it will be triggered to do so again in labor. During labor it is important to be RELAXED to let your body open up and push baby down and out. Plus after repeating this affirmations over and over you will hopefully really start to believe in them.
You can make up your own affirmations. That way they are more specific to you. If you have a fear, something you are worried about, turn it around into a positive phrase. A general example. Say you are afraid of flying (like me!) turn that around. “I am safe on this plane. I will arrive safely at my destination.” So okay, it may not change things that CAN occur but after repeating it, it does help you relax and it’s true. Flying is safe. I tested this one out on my trip a few weeks ago so I can say it works, for me. That brings me to another note. What affirmations work for one person may not work for another. Pick ones that “speak” to you. That you can relate to or that trigger something inside you. You may not like a single affirmation I post here. That’s okay. Please don’t let that turn you off. There are TONS out there. Go on Pinterest or Google and trust me, you will find many. Without further ado, here are a few of my favorites!