Positive affirmations for pregnancy and birth

How do you stop your fears, negative thoughts and beliefs from impacting on your well-being during pregnancy, birth and beyond? Pregnancy and birth expert, Amanda Gwynne, explains what affirmations are and how they can help to reduce stress and anxiety during pregnancy and birth.

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What are affirmations?

Affirmations are positive statements made in the present tense, which you repeat to yourself daily. The short sentences help you to feel positive about a particular subject.
A French physician called Emile Coue made the concept of affirmations famous. His most famous affirmation was ‘every day in every way, I am getting better and better.’ Culturally, we are programmed to focus on the negative in our lives and bemoan about the things we don’t want!

How do affirmations work?

Affirmations can program the subconscious mind into thinking positively and in doing so, can attract success and improve your life. It is often underestimated how much impact our emotions have on our bodies. If you are feeling negative, this is reflected in your behaviour and your interpretation of your life.
Our beliefs, thoughts, and the way we think, create our feelings. One very effective way to change the way you think is through the use of affirmations. If we think and speak in a positive way in the present tense we can release our negativity and allow positive healing from a cellular level.

Affirmations for pregnancy and birth

Stress is known as one of the most common causes for complications during labour and birth. Using affirmations can help you to reduce or eliminate stress and negativity and prepare for a happy, healthy and safe birth.
The following affirmations are examples of positive statements that if used repeatedly will help you to feel positive and confident about your baby’s birth.

  • Birth is safe for me and my baby.
  • My baby will be born at the perfect time.
  • My body knows when to give birth.

The best way to achieve maximum effect is to say them out loud whilst you are in a relaxed frame of mind. Looking at yourself in a mirror focuses your mind even more. Don’t worry if you feel self -conscious staring at yourself in the mirror as you repeat your affirmations, you will soon get used to it and feel comfortable and more confident as time goes by. This allows your suggestions to pave the route for positive change. Repetition is the secret to success! Try saying your affirmations whenever you have a spare moment.

Write your own affirmations

Tell yourself how great a mum you will be, how strong an individual you are or how you are an empowered conscientious mum. The greater the positivity, the more you will feel confident and ready to tackle motherhood.
As you await the arrival of your baby, think of the things you feel negative about and turn these positive by affirming them. Here are some tips to point you in the right direction.

Amanda’s tips for creating your own positive affirmations:

  • Affirmations must always be in the present tense.
  • Affirmations should always be a positive statement.
  • Wording is important. Replace ‘I want’ with ‘I am’.
  • Start with small believable affirmations. As you become more confident increase your goals.
  • The most efficient way to implant an affirmation is to repeat it at least 15 times and then forget about it.

Whilst affirmations are powerful and simple to use, wherever and whenever you wish, the effects of using more than one powerful technique such as visualizations at the same time may enhance the outcome. For example, imagine walking in nature as your repeat your affirmation ‘I choose a healthy lifestyle that enhances my health and wellbeing during my pregnancy.’
Finally, remember these famous words “Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.” (Napoleon Hill).

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