Mind, Body Awareness For Birth

Virtual Birth CoachIf you’re expecting a baby, do you fall into any of the general descriptions below? Which one?

Then ask yourself if you’re happy at that level. Would you like to raise your body/mind awareness?

You can always raise your mind/body awareness by having an open mind and learning new skills.

For example, if you feel you’re in Level #1, by learning prenatal yoga and other relaxation methods (and using them) you’ll automatically raise your mind/body awareness because you’ll be experiencing the benefits of relation and how it can help your labor.

Level 1:

This level in general reflects detachment from one’s body or awareness of personal behaviors. You respond more to “external” influences, act on advice from others rather than listen to your own intuition, needs, and desires. You look to others, gadgets, medications, or things to solve/fix your challenges. Your “world” is an “external” one. You’re usually unaware of how your body’s physiology, at any given time or moment, responds to your emotional state and lifestyle.

As an expectant woman you may not feel “connected” with your body and baby during pregnancy. You may fear labor, and want to use medications through the labor process (which is fine). Because you depend on external things and others to have all the answers, when it comes to childbirth it can be more challenging because the birth process is an “internal” one that you will experience physically and emotionally. You may believe that relaxation techniques do not work, and expect labor to be painful.

If this sounds like you, the first thing to do is enroll in a prenatal yoga class if you have the time depending on your due date. You will connect with your body more through different positions, you learn deep breathing with is very beneficial to you and baby, and you’ll learn how breathing deeply helps with stress management.

Level 2:

This level displays more awareness  of self and your behaviors – how your actions may influence outcomes of any given situation.  You may dabble in Yoga, hypnosis, or meditation, etc., but don’t take it seriously.  You’re more inclined to take responsibility for your challenges. You may be proactive in seeking the information you need to solve or improve a situation.

As an expectant woman,  you tend to be more connected with your baby, and Braxton-Hicks, during pregnancy. You may be on the “fence” about using medications for labor.  You may believe relaxation methods work, but are not 100% convinced.

Does this sound like you? If so, you need to look more into the power of relaxation and with practice you’ll learn how relaxation can decrease labor pain, or any pain for that matter. Also, explore how your state of mind influences the kind of day you have. Everything goes better when you stay calm … physically and mentally.

Level 3:

This level often shows  that you’re more in touch with your “internal” being. Meaning you know your thoughts and feelings have a direct impact on your body and lifestyle. You’re usually very involved in some kind of personal development, meditation, or other enlightening program that brings you to a better understanding and awareness of yourself, and how you impact the people and the world around you..  You tend to take responsibility for challenges and may ask the question “what can I learn from this?”

As an expectant woman, you may be highly in touch with your sexuality, “connected” with your baby during pregnancy, your innate intuition, understand how your body works, and trust your abilities and instincts.  Often other women like this may have home births, or use a birth center, maybe even have a Doula, or use a Midwife as the care provider. You may be more adopting of relaxation skills, take them seriously, and practice more. You might use hypnosis or mediation for labor pain before using medications because you believe these techniques will work for you. You  usually want to have an unmediated birth experience.

Does this sound like you? If so, follow your heart and intuition. I believe it’s never wrong. Practice your relaxation skills daily for more effectiveness when the time comes to birth your baby. These skills can also be used throughout your life to remain calm and keep life in perspective. As your baby grows, you can teach them to use meditation as well as a way to manage their own anxieties growing up – start young!

Birth bold,

Lesly 🙂

Lesly Federici

Lesly Federici is an experienced Labor and Delivery Registered Nurse (RN), She's been teaching childbirth education for over 15 years. She currently teaches Mindful Meditation to expectant couples. Lslynotes has been helping women globally prepare for childbirth online since 1998. Contact her, she'd love to hear from you!

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