I am a strong believer in “you are what you eat!” and “what goes in must come out!”
If you’re due soon, tell yourself you will have a beautiful birth. Tell yourself you can do this. When a well-meaning stranger or opinionated friend tell you you’re crazy for wanting a natural birth, smile and tell them you’re not; You are a strong woman and you were made for this. Be a positive woman, prepare yourself for what is coming, and you will have the birth you want.
Choose a mantra- a birth affirmation- and let it motivate you. Use it in prayer, repeat it during labor, write it on a sticky note and stick it on your computer screen! Say it, feel it, believe it!
Here are a few of my favorites help you get started. Write them down and when you’re beginning your work in labor, use them as motivation to bring you through.
Your contractions are not stronger than you, they are you.
The more I relax, the closer I will be to meeting my baby.
Only I can give birth to this baby and I accept responsibility for that challenge.
This is the normal, this is healthy, this is how I will meet my baby!
I claim my birthright for a wonderful birth.
My body was made to do this. I am a strong woman. I trust my body.
I CAN do this. I AM doing this!
Open mouth…open throat…open bottom…
My body grew her, my body can birth her.
They told me I couldn’t, watch me prove them wrong!
This pain has a greater purpose!
I can do anything for one minute.
The pain means my uterus is working the way it should…the way it was intended to work…
Every contraction passed means I’m one closer to meeting my baby!
I will stay ahead of the waves and ride them out.
One less contraction, one I’ll never have to have again!
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.