From addressing your worries to giving yourself a positive pep talk, get ready for labour by creating your own birth mantra
‘I WILL get this baby out like a speeding bullet… I WILL get this baby out like a speeding bullet…’ You may feel silly repeating something like this, but one good way to help you power through labour is to use a birth mantra.
It’s thought that repeating a positive affirmation or phrase can make you feel more confident in your body’s ability to cope. And, when used during labour, a mantra can help direct your focus.
Address your biggest fear
If there’s something you’re particularly anxious about, such as tearing, create a mantra that addresses it. Try something like, ‘As I breathe through the sensations of birth, my body opens softly and gently so my baby can move down comfortably.’
Use positive language
Repeating, ‘I won’t panic or feel out of control’ has the opposite effect because your brain simply hears the words ‘panic’ and ‘out of control’. Instead, turn it round to say, ‘I feel calm and in charge of this experience.’
Repeat your phrase before bed
Try repeating your birth mantra to yourself at night– it’s thought that your brain is more receptive to suggestion just before you go to sleep. And, in the last few weeks before you give birth, write it down and stick it where you’ll see it often, such as by the kettle or bathroom mirror.
It’s thought that repeating a positive affirmation or phrase can make you feel more confident in your body’s ability to cope
Keep it simple
For some women, simply saying, ‘Breathe in strength, breathe out fear,’ as they practise long, slow breathing works for them. Or try, ‘My body and my baby know what to do.’
Get mantra inspiration
If you’re struggling for ideas, downloading an affirmation, may help. Tweak it until it feels right for you.