If you are considering a natural childbirth, know that you are going to be laughed at, poked, prodded, questioned and envied for your decision. How do you overcome the negativity to reach your goal? Here are a few tips:
2. Learn to laugh. Being pregnant is a lot of work. Our bodies are in a constant state of change. Hormone levels fluctuate and cause emotions to seem out of control. If you can learn to take a step back and laugh at yourself, it really does relieve stress. Being happy allows you to avoid taking other people's comments too seriously. If you can keep a real smile on your face, you aren't likely to be offended.
3. Speak about yourself positively. Women are amazing. Birth is such an empowering experience. As a pregnant women you are actually creating life. What could be more important that that? If you are to have the confidence necessary to have a natural childbirth, when it seems no one else believes you can do it, you need to talk about yourself as you truly are. Recognize your true divine nature. Speak about your abilities in a positive way. If you believe in yourself, others will also.
4. Surround yourself with cheerleaders. You might not be able to control what people think, but you can control who you spend time with. Pick people who have the same beliefs as you do. Find the friends that will boost you up and cheer you on towards your goals. Take some time away from those who doubt you or put you down. You don't have time for negativity! If you tell your friends and family how you feel about having a natural childbirth, and ask for their support, there will be plenty of them that will surround your with their love and support. Spend your time with them.
5. Prepare your mind and body. Birth is natural. Women were born to have babies. It is innate. But, things do go more smoothly when you have prepared your mind and body to deal with it. Learn how to relax. Spend time each day meditating. Focus on your breathing and how you can control your emotions with your breath. Memorize positive affirmation statements about womanhood and birth to give you confidence. There are many free programs available to women at local hospitals and women's centers. Attend some. Knowledge is power. The more you understand about the birth process the better. Fear is replaced with confidence.
You have the right to create the birth you desire. Don't let other people influence your decision to have a natural childbirth. It is an amazing experience. You can do it!