Since about week 25, I have been feeling pre-labour warm-ups, aka Braxton Hicks. Hopefully labour is about 12-13 weeks away now, which leaves me plenty of time to practise my special breathing during these ‘warm-ups’. It is highly effective and it’s just wonderful to be able to practise it. I feel that HypnoBirthing™ really allows me to practise properly this time around. Last time, all I did was antenatal classes (along with practising the recommended positions and breathing, of course) and although we learned a lot, I still felt unprepared, I still didn’t really know what to expect (apart from pain at some point or another!) or when I was supposed to do the various things we learned. This time, it all feels very different. Of course as a doula and HypnoBirthing™ practitioner, I know a lot more than 4 years ago (I trained as a doula 15 months ago and as a HypnoBirthing™ practitioner a few months ago, though I’ve been familiar with the method for a year now), but it’s also because HypnoBirthing™ really prepares you well. The practical things we learn and practise in the classes will actually be used during labour and birth themselves. The breathing, the visualisations, the relaxation, all of it. Direct and consistent application, following the rhythm of the body and of the baby.
The more I teach, study and know about HypnoBirthing™, the more relaxed I feel about my own forthcoming birthing day – wherever and however it will unfold – and the more I trust my body and my baby. Getting more and more excited about it all every day!
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