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.
Surviving sleep deprivation one day at a time with dd (Oct '11) & ds (Oct '08).
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!)
SAHM to Melinda (Oct '03), Jacob (Aug '05), Alex (Apr '08), and Malcolm (Sept 29, '11)
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!
- I like to run it makes me smile, I think I'll run another mile (maybe I like to birth it makes me smile, I'll see my baby in a short, short while!)
- I am Amy, I am strong, I can run the whole day long (I am Amy, I am strong, I can birth the whole day long)
- Easily, gracefully, effortlessly (this really helped me when I needed to focus on my breathing, because each word was a breath)
- Yes I ca-aa-aan, Yes I can! (This was good on hills)
- Just one step at a time (boom boom boom) just one step at a time (also good for hills, could easily be just one breath at a time, or just one surge at a time)
- I am like a bumblebee (aerodynamically, it is physically impossible for a bumblebee to fly because of the weight of its heavy body and small wings. Luckily it doesn't know this and just keeps flying like it is nobody's business).
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!
Women deliver their own babies into the world under their own power every single day.
People talk about how painful contractions are because they're so strong. But what women should know is that the strength of that contraction is the strength of their own bodies. They are as strong as the contraction is. And so they are able to manage it.
My muscles work in complete harmony to make birthing easier.
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 deserve to have an easy, fast and completely comfortable birthing, and I will!
- I believe in my ability to give birth easily
- The stronger my birthing waves become, the more deeply I relax
- I am prepared and ready to welcome my baby
I also like to just breath deeply and say to myself, "Surrender".
Sue, Mama to Fiona Aileen (2/1/09) and Maeve Penelope (10/7/11)
Wow. I think that just changed my whole outlook on labor. That's incredible!
Mom to Eli 10/18/11 and loving wife to Derrin.
Proud to be "that" girl--the crazy bedsharing, sling-wearing, breastfeeding mama everyone
thinks is crazy!