I’ve just read a great blog post explaining exactly how babywearing can help prevent postnatal depression and it’s got me thinking about how Hypnobirthing can help in the same way.
It’s on a blog called Babywearing Downunder. Here’s the link:
We could probably talk more than we usually do in HypnoBirthing courses about the postnatal benefits of Hypnobirthing. In my courses I always show clients a simple self-hypnosis technique, a quick and easy way to relax yourself in all kinds of situations.
But the truth is, all Hypnobirthing techniques set you up for the ability to become relaxed and calm in any time of your life. Think of Hypnobirthing as not simply a way to be more calm in labour. It is also part of your strategy to protect yourself against postnatal depression.
Next time you stub your toe on the corner of a chest of drawers, try doing your surge breathing as you get over the pain! See how much better that is? Hypnobirthing helps in all kinds of situations.
Importantly, the art of relaxation which comes with regular Hypnobirthing practice reduces tension and increases endorphins. Using the same techniques on a regular basis could help keep away the main risk factors of postnatal depression.
That sense of well-being and relaxation which my clients report after a session is just as beneficial while struggling with a fretful baby.
Of course Hypnobirthing is no substitute for medication where that is clearly needed. But combined with other aspects of care such as:
- getting outside regularly for some gentle exercise,
- seeing friends,
- eating well
- sleeping when the baby sleeps instead of trying to do chores
- talking openly with partner or other family members about your feelings
Please add Hypnobirthing to your list as a valuable tool not to be forgotten the day after your baby is born. It will stand you in good stead for years to come.
Here are a few ideas:
- When breastfeeding, close your eyes and do “calm breathing” for a few minutes.
- When your baby has gone to sleep, lie down immediately and relax each part of your body in turn…remember the jaw and tongue!
- When your baby is crying and fretful, do surge breathing and think of relaxing face, shoulders, hands just as you learned to do in Hypnobirthing.
- Try the self-hypnosis exercise if you are finding it hard to get to sleep.
- What about affirmations? Could a few positive thoughts on your bathroom mirror help you through the bad days?