Believe it or not- labor doesn’t have to be the “worst pain imaginable” as Western society has trained us to believe. And, as you might have guessed, hypnosis can be a wonderful tool or method to help relieve the fear and anxiety many women have about the birthing process thereby reducing the pain typically associated with labor. In fact, using hypnosis during pregnancy, labor, and the birthing process has been on the rise in recent years as more and more women are looking to have natural, drug free birth experiences.
When a woman’s body goes into labor, she starts producing a hormone called oxytocin, which is also nicknamed the “love hormone”. This hormone makes us “feel good” and can actually block the feeling of pain. However, when we feel anxious, afraid, or stressed, our bodies begin to produce adrenaline and cortisol, which have the opposite effect on our bodies and actually slow down labor. So, the more calm and relaxed a woman is able to remain, the easier and faster labor progresses, and the less pain she feels! Makes sense and sounds easy enough, right?
Just watch Mariah’s painless hypnobirthing experience.
Oh- and did I mention my oldest daughter is pregnant with my second grand baby?! So, perhaps we will be posting a recount of her pain-free, all natural birth using hypnosis in the months to come!