Relaxation and birth visualization techniques

 

Your visualization also serves to open your heart to your child, establishing a bond before birth. And now that you have met your baby through your mind's inner eye, you can turn your attention to the days and weeks following the arrival of this new family member Visualization is effective in calming your mind and resolving fear. When labor begins you will be able to call upon the metaphors used in your visualization to help you.

You can read the relaxation and birth visualization into a tape recorder, or have another person read it to you. In this way you will be able to simply relax and absorb the suggestions given.

Once you have created the tape, set aside an hour of time to relax and listen to it. Wear loose and comfortable clothing and remove glasses or hard contact lenses before beginning the relaxation. Feel free to change your position as you fall deeper into a relaxed state. Your body will guide you into a more comfortable position as you listen. Adjusting your position can release tension as you absorb the suggestions.

Do not begin using the relaxation/visualization tape until you are in your last month of pregnancy. At this time you will be ready to absorb the suggestions in the birth visualization and less likely to hold yourself back from the experience. Waiting will also ensure that if you have a tendency towards premature labor, you will not be giving yourself suggestions for increasing your body's response to contractions, if labor has already begun. Although visualization does not cause labor to begin, it can increase your responsiveness to labor once it occurs. Consult your doctor or midwife if you have concerns about using the tape too early.

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