Birth affirmations and positivity

What Are Positive Affirmations?

An affirmation is anything you say or think. We can change the messages we give ourselves by using positive affirmations helping to create a positive mindset about life and birth. I have created a list of a few of my favourite affirmations I like to use in my pregnancy yoga classes but feel free to create your own. Make sure that each affirmation is a positive statement. 

I trust my body and follow its lead

I let go of expectations and release my birth over to my body and my baby

Today is a very exciting time in my life. I am on an adventure and I will never get this particular experience again.

The more I relax the more my body will soften and expand 

I trust in the wisdom and power of my body, I trust birth.

I am excited and calm and look forward to the birth of my baby

Each contraction wave will bring my baby closer to being born. 

I let go and dive in 

I am a strong and capable mother

I love and trust my body

I am in my birth not at my birth

I feel confident that I will birth as I should

I am a confident women who will birth with joy

Giving birth is one of the most powerful experience I will every have

I am looking forward to welcoming my baby into the world.

 

 Two of my favourite poems. Enjoy!

For A Mother-To-Be by John O'Donohue

Nothing could have prepared your heart to open like this.

From beyond the skies and the stars
This echo arrived inside of you and started to pulse with life
Each beat a tiny act of growth,
Traversing all our ancient shapes,
On its way home to itself.


Once it began, you were no longer your own.
A new, more courageous you, offering itself
In a new way to a presence you can sense
But you have not seen or known.


It has made you feel alone
In a way you never knew before;

Everyone else sees only from the outside
What you feel and feed with every fiber of your being.


Never have you traveled farther inward
Where words and thoughts become half-­ligth
unable to reach the fund of brightness
Strengthening inside the night of your womb.


Like some primeval moon,
Your soul brightens
The tides of essense
That flow to your child.


You know your life has changed forever,
For in all the days and years to come,
Distance will never be able to cut you off
From the one you now carry
For nine months under your heart.


May you be blessed with quiet confidence
That destiny will guide you and mind you.


May the emerging spirit of your child
Imbibe encouragement and joy
From the continuous music of your heart,
So that it can grow with ease,
Respectant of wonder and welcome when its form is fully filled


And it makes it journey out
To see you and settle at last
Relieved and glad in your arms.

 

Giving birth should be your greatest achievement not your greatest fear.
- Jane Weideman

The Birthsong

The night is still, the moon full and bright
She feels it approaching, her belly once again tight
All is in ready the time’s finally come
She’s hoping her baby will be here by the rising of the sun.

The song begins gently, moving slowly at first
The courage, the fear, the love, the hope and the mirth
Some sing quite softly and some loud and strong
Their babies emerge as they sing the Birthsong

Time becomes frozen as woman by woman, birth by birth
They’re all connected through their bodies & songs
It knows no boundaries, no colour, no races
It fills all their bodies, their hearts, souls and faces.
The sounds of each woman as she sings the Birthsong

Her breathing grows faster as each new wave moves within
She remembers to let go, to surrender again
She opens her eyes and sees her partner, her lover, her friend
Remembering with tenderness their choice to begin

The song begins gently, moving slowly at first
The courage, the fear, the love and the hope
Some sing quite softly and some loud and strong
Their babies emerge as they sing the Birthsong

Time becomes frozen as woman by woman, birth by birth
They’re all connected through their bodies & songs
It knows no boundaries, no color, no races
It fills all their bodies, their hearts, souls and faces.
The sounds of each woman as she sings the Birthsong

The songs been completed the babe’s in her arms
Both teary eyed parents are moved by it’s charms
The song appears ended at least in this room
But I’ll hear it eternal with other bright moons.

The song begins gently, moving slowly at first
The courage, the fear, the love, the hope and the mirth
Some sing quite softly and some loud and strong
Their babies emerge as they sing the Birthsong

Time becomes frozen as woman by woman, birth by birth
They’re all connected through their bodies & songs
It knows no boundaries, no color, no races
It fills all their bodies, their hearts, souls and faces.
The sounds of each woman as she sings the Birthsong

~ Dana Beardshear

Pregnancy yoga classes. Abbey Studios, Bangor.

Thursdays 8.00pm - 9.15pm.

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