As your due date gets closer, you’re probably feeling excitement, anticipation, probably a bit of relief - and also perhaps, a bit of fear, largely around the painful experience you are about to go through. It doesn’t help that every mum around you is so quick to tell you their own horror story, while others share tales of their drug-free births like a badge of honour.
While a bit of fear is normal, social pressure, sensationalised or scary stories and the sterile hospital environment can lead to an unhelpful emotion: anxiety around your impending birth experience.
There is absolutely no need to justify your choice of pain relief, but there are other options you may want to explore that can help not just to reduce these anxious feelings, but also reduce pain.
“When I click my fingers, open your eyes and push…” Nope, not that kind of hypnotism.
Hypnobirthing is essentially a method used to manage pain during labour and birth. It’s done using visualisation techniques, relaxation and deep breathing, and is increasingly being used by women to overcome fears around pain and remain relaxed throughout childbirth.
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As you move into the third trimester of your pregnancy, you are probably more ready than ever to meet your baby – things can start to get quite uncomfortable at this point!
Your due date is getting closer by the day and you might be starting to get things prepared at home for when you finally bring your little guy or girl home.
The third trimester is both exciting and exhausting! Here are our tips for making the most of the final weeks of pregnancy.
After generally feeling rubbish in the first trimester, the second trimester should – hopefully – bring some relief from any nausea and vomiting you may have experienced. You may also start to “pop” now (if you haven’t already) and you might finally announce your pregnancy to friends and family, which can be a huge relief, as it’s hard to keep such exciting news under wraps!
Here are some hacks to make the most of your second trimester …
You might have sensed that something felt a little “off”, even before taking a pregnancy test. Then those two lines appeared, and now the fun really begins!
Every pregnancy is unique, and every woman’s body is unique. But there are a few things you can expect to feel and experience during those exciting, potentially scary yet amazing first 12 weeks.
Here’s what you need to know...