Online hypnobirthing & antenatal course - now available for just £69!
June 08, 2023
Even if you’ve never experienced anxiety before, pregnancy is a prime time for it to surface for the first time. And if you’ve previously suffered with stress and anxiety then becoming pregnant is often a catalyst for those feelings intensifying.
Many of my clients come to me because they’re struggling with anxious thoughts and feelings during their pregnancy. It may be impacting on their ability to enjoy their pregnancy and bond with their baby, and there can be physical symptoms like not being able to sleep well (like we need any other problems with sleeping in pregnancy!!)
So why is pregnancy such an anxiety-inducing time? Well, a whole host of reasons. There is so much change! Physically, mentally, emotionally, financially and to your lifestyle and relationships. You may have had the following fears or worries:
The other reason why pregnancy anxiety is so common, is that your amygdala (the part of your brain providing your life-saving emergency response) is FOUR times larger during pregnancy! Which is amazing in some ways (we get more warning to run (waddle) away from that sabre-toothed tiger)....but also, pretty unnecessary when we don't have that many threats in day to day life! So your body is responding to perceived threats with an increased heart-rate, breathing rate, blood pressure etc, even when you're actually safe.
So first off, I want to NORMALISE all of the above! Every single one of those is a totally valid concern and you are definitely not alone in having those thoughts!
BUT, just because these worries are normal and common, that doesn’t mean we can’t change them or improve how we feel. And this is where hypnobirthing comes in. Your brain has the ability to change and evolve all the time (its called ‘neuroplasticity’) and changing your thought patterns takes time but is totally doable.
So here are 5 tips for reducing your anxiety in pregnancy:
Hypnobirthing includes all these things and a whole lot more. If you would like to feel calmer, more confident and more excited as you approach your birth, please get in touch. I offer a self-paced, online hypnobirthing & antenatal course, I am a doula providing bespoke antenatal support in pregnancy, and I offer 1:1 power hours online. If you’d like my support, I’d love to hear from you.
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