Lying in the bath the other night, I realised that I need to change my mindset when I think about childbirth for a second time. I’ve been feeling increasingly more anxious about labour; my memories of those six(ish) hours just over two years ago are pretty hazy, but I’ve been able to reach in and pluck out a few key moments and emotions… and what I can remember is a combination of terror, pain, mis-communication and judgement, but also a huge sense of empowerment during pushing.
I don’t want to spend the rest of my pregnancy fearing the worst.
I don’t want to spend labour fearing the pain.
I want to enjoy it. Well, as best as I can!
I need to enhance the empowering feeling once more.
So I’m going to be embracing the positive.
Every Wednesday I’m going to post a quote, image, song or video on the blog that I’ve come across that has made me stop and think “You know what? I can do this!” or has made me question my mindset and why I’ve felt like that. I’m hoping that it will also help the other lovely pregnant ladies who read the blog to feel positive and motivated.
My first Positive Inspiration post comes from an unlikely source – author Stephen King. I came across this in Ina May Gaskin’s Guide to Childbirth book that I’m currently devouring, and thought it was spot on; it just makes total and utter sense!
What helped you remain positive during childbirth? I would love to hear your positive inspiration!