Hypnosis for Pregnancy Pain Relief
The Benefits Of Self-Hypnosis For Labor and delivery
When you hear about labor and delivery, what word comes to mind? If you’re like most people, you probably answered pain. It seems that everybody has a picture in their mind of a woman screaming and crying while inside the delivery room. Some say they welcome the pain because it’s part of being a mother. Others, meanwhile, are afraid of getting pregnant because they do not want to go through such a painful delivery. Over the past few years, however, self-hypnosis for labor and delivery has become increasingly popular. Keep reading to learn its benefits and how it works.
How Does Hypnosis Work?
The first thing you have to understand is that hypnosis for labor doesn’t involve a random stranger hypnotizing you with a swinging pocket watch. Instead, this technique involves deep breathing, affirmations, and visualization. All of this is done in an attempt to put you in an altered mental state, in which you focus on only one thing and eliminate any distractions in your mind. This allows you to concentrate on your breathing pattern and visualize the baby going downward with every breath.
It is also worth noting that childbirth hypnosis programs involve teaching you and your partner new vocabulary to describe what you go through during labor and delivery. The goal is to stop associating birth with pain. For example, a contraction may be referred to as a surge and dilation as blossoming.
What’s interesting is that despite the creepy idea of entering a different mental state during birth, everyone actually experiences this state every day. Daydreaming, for instance, is very similar to getting hypnotized. You also enter an altered mental state when you are so engrossed in a movie or when you arrive at your home without remembering the journey.
What Are The Benefits Of Self-Hypnosis?
The primary benefit of self-hypnosis is to reduce pain and discomfort during labor. Proponents explain that this technique doesn’t eliminate pain completely. But it has been shown that it helps women only experience discomfort well into labor. It’s also not uncommon to hear stories of women having totally pain-free births.
What’s great is that this practice offers benefits that extend after giving birth. With constant practice, you can easily learn all the techniques including deep breathing and meditation, making them a part of your everyday routine. It also gives you greater awareness of your bodily sensations. It has also been shown to improve sleep, enhance stamina and increase focus.
Although it is still a hot topic for debate, it’s hard to deny the benefits of self-hypnosis for labor and delivery. An increasing number of women join childbirth hypnosis programs together with their partners, allowing them to learn useful techniques that help control pain and allows them to become less dependent on medications geared toward relieving pain during birth. All the techniques used are natural, so there is no need to worry about any side effects. If there is any disadvantage, it’s shelling out money to join a program. But this can be seen as a worthwhile investment that offers health benefits well after childbirth.