3 Ways Your Thoughts Can Influence Your Birth Experience
Ways Thoughts Can Influence Your Birth Experience
It is well known now that there is without a scientific doubt a connection between your thoughts, feelings and how your body responds to them physiologically. Your body is actually a “mirror” of how you feel at any given moment f the day.
For example, Body Language is a tool many use to decipher the mood of another person; crossed arms may signal being defensive. Whereas open, relaxed arms may mean a person is “open” to conversation.
The verbal expression of sensing someone’s “vibes” as either – good or bad is indeed a subtle sensing of another’s energy a “reflection” of their personality.
Neuro Lingusitic Programming (NLP) teaches how to change an emotional state from angry to happy while changing the physiological state at the same time (lowered blood pressure, less tension etc.) just by listening to some upbeat music!
So how can this information be useful to a woman anticipating birth? The following shows you how and may provide insights in how you can control your own thoughts about giving birth, or help someone else.
- Thoughts can not hurt you physically. They can exacerbate what you think you are physically experiencing. When you experience any physical pain you pay attention to it more. The more you focus your thinking on it, “oh, this hurts …” etc., it will hurt more! The amount of thoughtful attention on pain, the more “painful” it is. What to do? Once you go into labor focus on something else: Touch massage, music, hypnosis, etc. You will immediately experience a shift in perception of pain.
- Are you experiencing “implanted fear” about birth? This is when you fear birth because other women told you how “painful” it is. Or you watched a horrific birth story on TV, or read a book that scared you about it. Ask yourself: Am I fearful of my birth experience based on someone else’s story? Or, I can trust my own reactions and decisions. In other words, labor does not have to be the “drama” played out on TV, in movies, and in some books. Sensationalism sells. So, please don’t believe everything you see or hear. What to do? STOP watching, reading, and listening to other people’s opinions about birth. Instead – pay attention to yourself your partner, and enjoy your pregnancy.
- One single negative, anxious, or fearful thought will initiate the stress response in your body. Your body doesn’t care what’s causing your stress. It only knows it must respond physically to keep you from harm or provide the energy you need to protect yourself. For a woman in labor, this is not a good state to be in. What to do? Learn relaxation methods, not for one or two weeks before your due date. But, from day one when you found out you were pregnant!. Why? So you can “train” your body AND mind to relax when you instruct it too. Relaxation is a skill to learn, takes time to perfect, and one that is beneficial to your health for life.