As both Jo and I have new babies on the horizon, her any day now, I’ve been thinking a lot about birthing space. I’m not talking about the physical environment where we labour and birth, but the space inside our minds.
Self-talk has a major impact on our body and mind. Our thoughts produce stress and tension in our body which can have an effect on our muscles and organs from doing their best. During labour, negative thoughts can create stress and can make labour longer and more uncomfortable. Labour has a purpose and changing our mindset a bit can work wonders - the mind is our greatest tool we have during labor. Giving up control and letting our bodies take over a process is not something we do very often.
Birth affirmations are a powerful way to help let our minds step out of our bodies. Affirmations are sentences aimed to affect the conscious and the subconscious mind. The more you read them and repeat them to yourself, the more they anchor themselves in your mind and become new useful beliefs about yourself.
Here are some affirmations to get you started throughout your pregnancy and birth. I truly believe in the power of positive thinking, so make these statements your own. Find the words that speak to you and write them out, post them on small cards throughout your home. These uplifting statements could play a big part in your positive birth story.
I am surrounded by loving, nurturing support.
I trust my inner wisdom.
My body is nourishing my baby perfectly.
I trust I know what is best for me and my baby.
I am aware of my balanced, calm center.
My body knows how to birth my baby.
I listen to my body and my heart.
I believe in birth.
My baby knows how to be born.
I put all fear aside as I prepare for the birth of my baby.
Untapped sources of strength are available to me.
I am focused on a smooth, easy birth.
My mind is relaxed, my body is relaxed.
I am an active and powerful laboring woman.
I welcome this opportunity to grow and change.
My muscles work in complete harmony to make birthing easier.
My baby is in the perfect position for birth.
I am a link in the endless chain of birthing women.
I fully relax and turn my birthing over to Nature.
I am willing to release my baby into the world.
I choose a gentle and natural birth.
I see my baby coming smoothly from my womb.
My breath is easy, deep, and full.
My baby will be born at the perfect moment.
My body is wise and purposeful.
I trust my intuition.
I deserve a gentle, positive birth.
I claim my birthright for a wonderful birth.
The power and intensity of my contractions cannot be stronger than me, because it is me.
I follow my instincts and give birth in the way I desire.
I am ready and prepared for my birthing experience.
My body has a wide-open space for my baby to descend.
I trust my body to grow my baby, and I trust my body to birth my baby.
I let these waves wash through me as I go deeper into relaxation.
Every contraction brings me closer to our baby.
I am calm, I am safe, I am relaxed.