KGHypnobirthing is an incredible method in helping women release fear and build their confidence surrounding birth itself however, some don’t realise the beautiful impact it has during your pregnancy and also post-birth, for both Mother and baby.
I get regularly asked ‘Can it help me during my pregnancy as I suffer with (for example), anxiety, insomnia etc. …’ And the answer is absolutely yes! A very key part of KGHypnobirthing is the preparation and practice, and this is incorporated into your daily life during pregnancy. In contrast to those who may successfully sit exams by ‘cramming’ as much revision as is physically possible in just before an exam, the key to a successful Hypnobirth is practice. (I will mention however, that KGHypnobirthing techniques will certainly help to some degree no matter how close to birth you practice – any preparation is better than none at all!!)
When practicing and embracing the relaxations and visualisations used in our course, it helps your body learn to relax and embrace the wonderful journey you and your baby are taking together. We encourage women to listen to the relaxations provided with the course before they go to sleep each night, helping your body and mind to unwind and completely relax. (When asleep, our conscious mind switches off whilst our sub-conscious mind still listens to the beautiful words it is hearing).
Some women (myself included) enjoy taking some time out during their day to sit comfortably with the audio playing and listening to a relaxation for an hour to themselves, which really can give you a sense of feeling ‘refreshed’ and ready for the rest of the day ahead. (Not always an option I know if this is your second/third baby) …
Helping your body and your mind relax in this way can do absolute wonders for you and your baby during pregnancy, and also relieve anxiety and stress. (From someone who has always previously suffered with anxiety, I know how incredibly Hypnobirthing can help with anxiety, and it really did wonders for me during times when my anxiety was at a high).
So how can Hypnobirthing help post-birth you ask? If we consider the ‘training’ and preparation we have given our minds and bodies in order to profoundly relax, many women find that they continue with such confidence and love for their bodies, and the power of their minds, that their outlook on many aspects of life become much more positive and calm.
In addition to helping Mummy, we must remember that we are practicing these relaxations and techniques with our baby listening close by. If Mummy is relaxed, baby is relaxed, if Mummy is calm, baby is calm … it has been regularly reported that Hypnobirthed babies tend to be calmer and more content, perhaps as they too have learnt to be calm, birthed with optimum oxytocin and a smooth (sometimes drug free) birth.
Something we found absolutely incredible with our little one was not only how wonderfully calm and content he was from birth, but also that the ‘playlist’ I created and used during my pregnancy helped him instantly settle when he heard it playing in the coming months after his birth. Now I am not stating that this will categorically work for everyone however, I found it amazing that the moment this familiar music was played to him, which he must have associated with calm and relaxation, he always drifted slowly to sleep.
So there are many ways in which KGHypnobirthing techniques really can work wonders both before and after birth itself.
I would love to hear your stories and examples of how Hypnobirthing has had an impact both during and after pregnancy!