Here are a couple I have been thinking on lately:
Your instincts are the best information you have.
I release my birthing over to my body and my baby. My baby is safe.
I like your first one tutucrazy - that's something important for me to remember.
For me I think something along the lines of "focus on now" 'cause I have the tendency to start thinking about how much longer things are going to last & if I can handle &....
I do compare childbirth to my workouts & "just get through this one" is how I get through the tough sets.
Lovely and perfect thoughts!
The one thing I always find myself saying inside my head is "My body is amazing and strong!" Or, I think as encouragement, maybe?, I often think, "If I can do this, I can do anything!"
Religiously minded as well, I also think "God designed women exactly right, no mistakes. As long as I trust in the process, everything will be okay." (Knowing full well that a good design is never 100% full-proof, but I choose to think positively during the birth, of course!)
Tutucrazy- what a great idea!
Before my first marathon, I made a little deck of "Amy's Marathon Mental Toughness Cards" which had little mantras and reminders (i.e. relax your shoulders!). I'd always look at them before races and during the race, often chanted the mantras in my head to keep my rhythm.
Here are some of my favorite running ones, and I am sure they can all be adapted to labor as well!
Other images I plan to incorporate for birth include opening (like a flower), and melting like butter (to relax). I'm sure I have a ton more, I will post when they come to me!
I love this. I'm doing a hypnobabies home course which involves listening to an affirmation CD daily. Here are some of my favorites...
I also like to just breath deeply and say to myself, "Surrender".
Wow. I think that just changed my whole outlook on labor. That's incredible!