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FAQ Series Part 4: Can Hypnobabies Help me with Anxiety?

FAQ Series Part 4: Can Hypnobabies Help me with Anxiety?

I am often asked about how to deal with anxiety during pregnancy. Sometimes, the person has already been dealing with anxiety when she becomes pregnant, and is wondering how to manage it. Other times, the person has never really had anxiety, but it presents itself for the first time as perinatal anxiety (anxiety occurring during pregnancy or the first year postpartum). Even planned pregnancy is considered a stressful life event and can trigger negative emotions, especially when paired with other stressful life events like changing jobs, moving, remodeling, and changing lifestyle habits. (Or a flood.)

Some first-time moms are anxious about the unknowns of birth. They may wonder, "Will I get gestational diabetes? Will I tear while pushing? How can I avoid an episiotomy? Will I poop while I'm pushing? Will I have to be induced? How can I avoid a Cesarean?"

Mothers who have already experienced birth may have anxiety based on their past birth experiences, especially if they were particularly challenging or didn't go as planned. They might think, "That was too hard; I can't go through labor again." Or, "I'm scared that my birth will not turn out like I planned...again." Or even, "My first birth went so well, there's no way I'll be lucky enough to have another birth exactly the way I want." Sometimes mothers experience new anxieties and fears about birth that they didn't know they needed to process through until they become pregnant again.

One of the best-kept secrets about my Hypnobabies classes in Baton Rouge is that they teach lifelong skills that are applicable even after pregnancy. In Hypnobabies, you will learn SO many helpful tools for dealing with anxiety and fear about pregnancy and birth, including:

Joyful pregnancy affirmations

This is a unique and wonderful asset to your pregnancy. You can listen to this track throughout the day, as often as you like. It keeps you in a positive frame of mind and helps you to enjoy your pregnancy. You don't even have to "consciously" listen to it; you can play it in the background while you go about your day, and just watch how your anxieties melt away!

Mindfulness

This practice is lauded by positive psychologists, neuroscientists, spiritual leaders, and yoga instructors as one of the most effective ways to change your thinking. In Hypnobabies, we learn how to apply the benefits of mindfulness to pregnancy and birthing. Mindfulness has been life-changing for many of my students!

Hypnosis practice for deep relaxation

The core of Hypnobabies is the hypnosis techniques. Practicing the hypnosis techniques is relaxing and extremely enjoyable. It helps students to fall into a restful sleep, and can help them get back to sleep after middle-of-the-night bathroom trips. It also includes many, many post-hypnotic suggestions for an easy and comfortable pregnancy and birth experience.

I'm not a mental health professional or therapist, but I have first-hand experience with anxiety, and I have taught a good number of Hypnobabies students who have anxiety, with amazing results! Of course, please speak with your doctor, midwife, or mental health care provider and seek further treatment if necessary.

FAQ Series Part 1: When Should I Take Hypnobabies?

FAQ Series Part 2: Does My Partner Need to Come to Class?

FAQ Series Part 3: Is Hypnosis Compatible with my Faith?

 

 

 

 

FAQ Series Part 3: Is Hypnosis Compatible with my Faith?

FAQ Series Part 3: Is Hypnosis Compatible with my Faith?

One of the main issues I had to work through when I began my journey to becoming a Hypnobabies instructor was whether or not my faith allowed for the use of hypnosis. I had been told all my life that hypnosis was an invitation for evil spirits to take over one's mind.

However, once I began to understand what hypnosis really is - and isn't - and I studied what the scriptures actually say about it, it became clear to me that hypnosis is a wonderful tool that works beautifully with my faith.

My personal faith encourages me to constantly purify my thoughts. Hypnosis is one way to do this intentionally. My faith also urges me to "fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise." (source). Again, I can do all of these intently and resolutely through self-hypnosis.

I find that most of the resistance to hypnosis stems from a misunderstanding of what hypnosis actually is. Hypnosis is NOT handing over control of one's mind to someone else. Hypnosis IS using a relaxed state of mind and body (such as what one experiences daily through activities like falling asleep, driving a car, praying, and watching television) to affect positive and purposeful change in one's belief system, leading to positive outcomes. 

Hypnosis is very similar to meditation, and most religions recognize and promote the practice of meditation - without reservation. If someone feels that their faith prohibits hypnosis, he or she should never watch tv, listen to the radio, read books, pray, daydream, or meditate, because these activities all induce an "altered" state of mind, which is actually measurable through EEG machines.

In Hypnobabies, we learn to recognize and release the negative beliefs we have about childbirth, then replace those beliefs with more positive ones. This leads to a more enjoyable pregnancy and birth, and has even been life-changing for some students! Contact me at amy@batonrougebirth.com or (225) 364-9180 if you have more questions about how Hypnobabies can work with your faith!

FAQ Series Part 1: When Should I Take Hypnobabies?

FAQ Series Part 2: Does my Partner Need to Come to Class?

FAQ Series Part 4: Can Hypnobabies Help me with Anxiety?

FAQ Series Part 2: Does my Partner Need to Come to Class?

FAQ Series Part 2: Does my Partner Need to Come to Class?

Yes.

Your partner should come to as many Hypnobabies classes as possible. We have special information, tracks, and roles just for them. Students who cannot bring their partner may bring another trusted family member, friend, or doula. Although it's perfectly possible to use the program successfully without a support person, it's best if at least one person who will be present during the birth be able to attend the classes so they know best how to support the birthing mother. (I will say that I've heard of the occasional mom who rocks out with Hypnobabies completely on her own, and that's great too!)

Don't Worry. Partners Love Hypnobabies.

Many partners feel understandably trepidatious about birth in general, and may be hesitant to make a decent investment into a childbirth education class. However, Hypnobabies proves to be invaluable to partners, and gives them solid, easy, reliable ways to assist the birthing mother. Even the most skeptical of birth partners are soon won over, often during the first class. In fact, partners usually end up being huge cheerleaders for Hypnobabies!

To learn more about Hypnobabies classes in Baton Rouge, click here.

Next week, look for a guest blog written by a formerly skeptical Hypnobabies dad!

FAQ Series Part 1: When Should I Take Hypnobabies?

FAQ Series Part 3: Is Hypnosis Compatible with my Faith?

FAQ Series Part 4: Can Hypnobabies Help me with Anxiety?

FAQ Series Part 1: When Should I take Hypnobabies?

FAQ Series Part 1: When Should I take Hypnobabies?

I often get asked what is the ideal time to take our group Hypnobabies classes. Ideally, the 6 week class series should be finished by the 36th week of pregnancy, but there's really no such thing as taking the class "too early." I've had students register for class as soon as they got a positive pregnancy test! It just means they get more time to practice and enjoy the relaxing hypnosis tracks, which can make for a more comfortable pregnancy as well as birthing.

For those who register for Hypnobabies after July 21, 2016, our group class price will be increasing. We have three upcoming class series currently open for enrollment, perfect for babies due this fall or winter:

July 28 - September 1

September 8 - October 13

October 20 - December 1

With Hypnobabies, as soon as you register and submit the class deposit, you get to start enjoying some of the tracks right away while you wait for your class series to begin. Reserve your space now, and lock in your price before it increases!

 

FAQ Series Part 2: Does My Partner Need to Come to Class?

FAQ Series Part 3: Is Hypnosis Compatible with my Faith?

FAQ Series Part 4: Can Hypnobabies Help me with Anxiety?