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As someone who struggles with anxiety, to be honest I was terrified of labor. One of my first thoughts upon finding out that I was finally pregnant was a bit of panic at the “what goes in, must come out,” truth of it all. I tried to just not think about it, but as the day drew nearer and nearer, I realized that I was going to have to pony up and face my fears.
I decided that the best way to do that was going to be to arm myself with a few positive affirmations that I could repeat over and over again while I was in the thick of it. That seemed to work best for me in seasons where my anxiety wasn’t well controlled, so it would be a great idea to take into this experience! As you will see when I finally get the chance to write out Addilyn’s birth story, it must have helped because we had the most amazing (and quick!) induction process and delivery that I could have ever hoped for.
I read every article I could find, scoured Pinterest, took a childbirth class, and read my Bible. I had quite the list put together, but here are the ones that I actually used during my labor and they brought me a great deal of peace and comfort! I highly recommend printing these off and taking them with you!
- I was designed to do this. I am not afraid!
- One contraction at a time.
- The strength of my contractions cannot be stronger than me, because it is me.
- When I feel the strong waves, I know that my labor is progressing and normal.
- Every tiny effort that I make brings me closer to my sweet baby.
- Here comes another wave, I can ride it.
- My body can birth this baby without me. (No really, they have done studies! If you were in a coma, your body would know how to contract and birth the baby anyway! How cool is that?! Not the coma part…the birth.)
- My labor and birth are going exactly as they should.
- My job is to relax and allow my body to move my baby down the birth canal.
- I will stay calm and breathe deeply to bring oxygen to my baby.
- The pain I feel now cannot compare to the joy that is coming!
- Our baby was created in love and will be birthed in love.
Here are a few Bible verses that I held particularly close during my labor as well:
- “When I am afraid I will trust in you.” Psalm 56:3 (My life verse!)
- “Do not be afraid–I am with you! I am your God–let nothing terrify you! I will make you strong and help you; I will protect you and save you.” –Isaiah 41:10
- “But the Lord stood at my side and gave me strength.”- 2 Timothy 4:17
What about you mamas with babies already born? Did you have any birth affirmations that I didn’t have on my list? Comment below and share the love!