Congratulations! You're pregnant!
There are so many things to do to prepare for the big day. Welcoming a new baby into the world is such a joyous time.
If you are reading this post you probably already have a to-do list to check off. A list of questions to ask your doctor, childbirth education classes to attend, baby things to buy, among other things...
But, if you only do one thing to prepare for labor, let it be this...
If you want to achieve a natural childbirth you must convince yourself that you can do it.
Start now. No, like right now. Say it with me, out loud. "I CAN and I WILL."
Positive thinking is key.
As Ina May Gaskin says "Even if it has not been your habit throughout your life so far, I recommend you learn to think positively about your body."
Goddess, birth affirmations are your best friend. See my page of birth affirmations here ! Download them onto your phone. Print some out, tape one to your bathroom mirror, to the dashboard of your car, to your closet door; anywhere you look everyday.
Someone tell you that natural birth is hard (it is) and that you won't be able to do it? Ignore them. "My body is powerful and it knows how to birth my baby."
Hear a scary birth story or one that was negative or traumatic? Read your affirmations. Remind yourself that this is your story. It is different from theirs. You are capable.
By transforming negative thoughts about your birth into positive ones, you will equip yourself with the confidence to push through and succeed.
Birth will always be unpredictable, but the power of belief is strong. If you are informed and believe in yourself, you will be able to convince others you can do it as well.
Tell your uterus, I trust birth.
Talk to your baby, tell her how excited you are to work together to bring her earthside when she is ready. Do it everyday.
Visualize your ideal birth and notice how strong and powerful your body is.
When the time comes you will be ready to labor on with the belief that you are an incredible life giving force to be reckoned with. Your body knows how to birth the baby it made.
Your baby will come when your body is ready, and you will birth with power and grace.