Giving Birth with less pain – Hypnosis can also help with conception and pregnancy
Can giving birth be less painful without drugs?
We have a that childbirth will be horrendously painful – and many Mothers will testify just how painful it can be. And yet, there have been devised by Women for Women, some techniques to assist in making the birth as pain free as possible using self hypnosis. There are trade names like hypnobirthing, hypno birthing, easy birth and many variations on a theme. belief
I am describing here just one method of the many which work well. In essence this easier birth method has been around for over 80 years. Only now are such high profile celebrities like the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, drawing attention to the technique.
Locally in Colchester Essex and in many Hospitals in the UK the Hypno Birthing technique is under serious study.
Hypnobirthing and similar techniques
HypnoBirthing or Hypno Birthing is based on the work of Dr Grantly Dick-Read, an English Doctor – he wrote a book in 1933 called “Childbirth without Fear.”
When we’re fearful, our body diverts blood and oxygen from non-essential defense organs to large muscle groups in our extremities – this is connected to the fight or flight mechanism.
Dr. Dick-Read suggested that the fear felt by a woman during childbirth caused blood to be filtered away from the uterus, so it could be used by the muscles that would flee from the danger.
As a result, the uterus was left without oxygen and could not perform its functions efficiently or without pain.
This led to Dr. Dick-Read’s idea that this fear and tension caused an increase in labour pains in about 95 percent of birthing women. He called this: “the fear-tension-pain syndrome of childbirth,” believing that by eliminating the fear and tension, women could return the uterus to its normal function, eliminating or diminishing the pain.
Ball your hand into a fist and really tense it. Keep tensing . Tense a little more. Hurts doesn’t it? Do you want to keep doing that?
Now relax the hand and shake it. Imagine breathing into it like blowing up a rubber washing up glove and breathe out and imagine the tension leaving the hand.
Notice the difference between tension and relaxation.
I am sure that you can see that relaxation is much better than tensing up?!
Self Hypnosis techniques for giving birth painlessly
You can learn these hypnobirthing or similar techniques easily so that you minimise the pain and focus on the birth process as one of the most extraordinary events of your Life.
When an Athlete goes “into the zone” somehow they break through the pain barrier.
Actors testify how many times they have fought pain or ill health with “Doctor Theatre” – somehow managing to go out and give an amazing performance while not noticing the pain.
All of this is testament to the power of the mind over the body.
It is important to begin to learn the hypnobirthing techniques at about the eighth month so that they are practiced and almost routine by the time the big day arrives.
I offer a Hypnobirthing type Clinic in Giving Birth with Self Hypnosis in my practice in Ipswich Suffolk.
I can also offer home visits in the Colchester Essex area.
Results can vary but one client gave birth using only 2 paracetamols for after birth pain!
Another’s husband thanked me because this time his hand wasn’t crushed as his Wife went into contractions.
Hypnosis for Childbirth
Hypnosis has long been used to ease anxiety and pain in labour and childbirth. Recent clinical research seems to indicate that women who had used hypnosis for childbirth also had healthier babies.
The findings of a systematic review and randomised trial demonstrated significantly improved outcomes among women who used hypnosis for childbirth. These included enhanced pain relief, diminished need for labour interventions, and improved newborn outcomes.
A Meta – Analysis of several studies in 2004 found significantly less pain medication required for those who used hypnosis.
Other studies showed that a hypnosis prepared group used significantly lower use of analgesia or epidural anaesthesia.
Conclusions were that “outcomes are consistently in favour of hypnosis.” It was less invasive, not associated with serious complications, and many women seemed to feel it gave them more control as a Mother.
Hypnosis to aid Conception and assist during Pregnancy
Hypnosis can encourage conception and fertility in Men and Women. Sometimes high stress and difficult feelings can be a component in difficulty conceiving. Hypnotists can help both partners relax and enhance the body’s own ability to give conception the best possible chance.
Hypnosis can be used to help you visualise a desired outcome and prepare the mind and body for successful pregnancy.
Stress seems to interfere with conceiving and there are techniques that can be learned to reduce that stress.
Some couples find that they “give up trying to get pregnant” – only to then discover that a baby is on the way!
Pregnancy and IVF – Needle Phobia
If couples are opting for IVF – where injections are a part of the treatment – if you are needle phobic – then this can also be easily treated using Hypnosis.
IVF can also be helped by positive visualisation guiding the body and mind to a positive outcome.
In 2004 an Israeli study involving 185 Women showed that the success rate of IVF treatments DOUBLED in a test group when the subjects had hypnosis during implantation.
Treating Morning Sickness, excess Weight Gain, Headaches, Heartburn and Indigestion and Leg Cramps
Hypnobirthing for common issues during Pregnancy:
Morning sickness – which can be particularly a problem in early pregnancy – can be reduced or even eliminated with Hypnotherapy.
At the very least you will learn to accommodate it.
Excess Weight Gain in Pregnancy
Many Women begin to experience a huge increase in appetite – so called: “eating for two” – which can lead to a significant increase in weight. This can lead to complications with high blood pressure and a difficulty after birth in losing the weight thanks to the increase in appetite and excessive weight gain.
Hypnotherapy and good nutritional advice can help you eat optimally for you and your baby without significant weight gain.
Learn how to manage your eating and think like a naturally slimmer person.
This is also useful after the birth in shedding weight gain.
Headaches Heartburn and Leg Cramps in Pregnancy
Many Women suffer from Headaches, Heartburn and Indigestion, and Leg Cramps and other pains in Pregnancy and may prefer to avoid excessive medication. Heartburn and Indigestion in particular are due to high levels of progesterone and oestrogens – particularly in the last three months.
The acid produced can cause a burning sensation in the oesophagus. Leg cramps can often be very painful when sleeping.
All of these conditions may be helped with learning self hypnosis and the hypnotherapist offering appropriate suggestions in a hypnotherapy session.
STOP SMOKING / Stop Using Drugs and Alcohol during Pregnancy
It is well known that smoking or using drugs or drinking alcohol during pregnancy can affect the foetus and can lead to a small baby.
In the case of drug abuse they are born addicted to drugs.
None of the above is medically advised and I can help you get clean to give your baby the best chances of being born healthy.
Remember all that you eat drink smoke and ingest also passes through the baby’s bloodstream. Is it fair to them?
Depression after giving birth
Some feel a sense of depression after giving birth. Hypnosis can help lift your mood and give you strategies to move forward in a positive way. Get your mojo back! Call me for a free consultation.
Graham Howes – Advanced Hypnotherapist and NLP Practitioner in Ipswich Suffolk and Colchester Essex – Hypnosis to aid pregnancy and birth. Hypnobirthing to aid a better birth experience and an easier pregnancy.
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Hypnobirthing for an easy childbirth Disclaimer: Please note that Hypnotherapy and Hypno birthing is a Complementary therapy and is not meant to replace proper Medical or Specialist Advice. As with any therapy success with hypnobirthing cannot be guaranteed. If you utilise the techniques taught then generally your birth will be easier – as these methods have stood the test of time over 80 years.