There are many different forms of negativity that can be directed at pregnant women. In some cases this negativity comes from family members. It may come from a mother, a father, a cousin, or any other relative. It may come from old friends or from complete strangers. It may come from the television, the internet, movies, magazines or any other source of media.
As a woman who has given birth to 5 children I have had to cleanse my mind of quite a few myths regarding natural childbirth. I have had to cleanse my vision about what the birthing experience would be like. I have had to visualize for myself what I wanted for my own birth experience.
Here are some of the common myths that I have heard during my pregnancies:
- The pain is unbearable
- You may think that you can handle natural childbirth but you can’t
- Breastfeeding is so old fashioned
- The epidural is not harmful to the baby
Having experienced 5 natural childbirths, I came to realize that the natural discomfort while giving birth is important for the bonding of mother and child. Additionally, the act of childbirth has been one of the greatest accomplishments of my life and has helped me to become more confident in all that I do. I have been empowered through the birthing experience.
As women we have the strength to endure the natural pain of childbirth. For those of us who have been told that the pain is unbearable I would like to offer a remedy.
It is very important to visualize for ourselves with clarity what we want form our pregnancy and birth. Through breathing visualizations, positive affirmations, knowledge of the body, and knowledge about the birthing process, we can set a foundation wherein the myth of unbearable pain is demystified. Therefore, a positive vision of your pregnancy and birthing experience will go a long way to manifesting a positive birth experience.
For those of you who have given birth I would like for you to answer two questions.
What was the greatest natural childbirth myth that you have had to overcome?
How did you overcome it?
By answering these questions you will be helping other women to manifest a positive birth experience. This being the case please be sure to leave a comment below.
– Ayida Honor Birth Empowerment Coach
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