I bet your life is pretty full on right now, and relaxing is the last thing on your to- do list, if it even appears at all. Am I right?
It’s difficult to imagine what life with a new baby is going to be like; I remember the night before my last day at work, starting maternity leave. I was standing in our kitchen, tears streaming down my face, when my husband asked me why I was so upset. My answer:
“I have no idea what I’m going to do with myself after tomorrow!”
He gently pointed out that I’d be having a baby soon, and maybe taking some time to rest and top up on sleep beforehand might be a really good idea. I did try to relax, but it didn’t come easily - I was so used to my work routine, and having long, full days. I liked being ‘busy’. And to be honest,
I didn’t really want to think about what lay ahead … the birth.
Don’t get me wrong, I loved popping my head around the door of our newly decorated nursery. I kept checking the chest of drawers, folding and refolding the baby gowns, little vests, scratch mittens. I even had moments spend peacefully wondering what he or she would be like, with a hand resting only swollen belly. But when I allowed my mind to wander of its own accord, it always ended up at the bit I didn’t want to think about, the birth, quite simply because I didn’t know what it was going to be like. I didn’t know whether I was going to be able to do it, and certainly feared I wouldn’t be able to do it well. I worried I would let people down.
I should tell you that despite my best efforts to keep my head firmly in the sand, and very successfully staying in denial about the whole birth thing, I did have my little boy just 10 days after that first day off work.
I did end up very tired.
In hindsight, I wish I had managed to relax more before, during and after my baby’s birth. It just wasn’t something I had ever needed to do, so I didn’t really know how. I had never experienced any kind of meditation or self-hypnosis, and frankly thought that kind of thing wasn’t for me. It was only when I came to experience it, quite by chance at a work event, that the penny finally dropped. I realised that it wasn’t ‘woohoo’ or ‘out there’ at all. In fact, it made sense that calming the chatter in my head would help me relax my body too. After all, I am a bit of a control freak, and, understanding that, I can tell my head to let go, allowing my body to do so too. It was super empowering back then, and still soooo useful now.
Being able to truly relax helps you have a more comfortable, calm pregnancy and birth experience.
And what’s really great is that with my Guided Pregnancy Relaxation MP3, it isn’t even difficult. Just take 10 minutes each day, get comfy, and hit play … and breathe … and relax. I promise, once you’ve had two or three goes to get the hang of it, you’ll start looking forward to those moments.
Do you want to feel more relaxed?
Do you want to feel more connected to your baby?
Do you want to feel more positive about what lies ahead?
Do you want to learn an invaluable life skill you’ll keep forever?
Yes, then why not start now. You can download your FREE relaxation MP3 below.
Guided relaxations is a key tool in Hypnobirthing as it helps you get your head in the right place for an easier and more comfortable birth. Not only will you learn how to achieve a deep state of relaxation, you will also release any fears or anxieties you may have around birth and replace it with confidence that you can do this.
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