If you’ve been researching hypnosis for a while, you probably already know it can be effectively used for everything from sports performance to addiction. However, there are so many additional benefits to hypnosis that people aren’t fully aware of.
As hypnosis continues to grow in popularity, it’s normal for people to want to know what it can help with, including very specific situations. If you clicked on this blog post, chances are you’re either planning on having a baby or you’re already pregnant and trying to come up with a birthing plan.
So, can hypnosis help with birth induction? More importantly, does it actually work? Let’s cover how hypnosis can help and what you can expect if you decide to use it as part of your birthing plan.
Will Hypnosis Cause You to Go Into Labor?
It’s important to address this question carefully. Many women look into hypnosis for birth induction because they don’t want to use traditional pharmaceutical methods that can cause a variety of issues.
These traditional methods can lead to complicated side effects that range from bleeding to maternal infections. Hypnosis provides a safe and natural way to induce labor with absolutely zero side effects to worry about.
But does it actually work?
Yes, but not in the way you might be thinking.
Hypnosis won’t “force” you into labor. However, the process of hypnosis can put your mind and body into the ideal state to give birth. It’s not uncommon for women to deal with nerves and anxiety when they’re about to deliver, and this can impede the process. Pressure to medically induce labor can compound the issue and cause the body to resist. Hypnosis can essentially give your body the “green light” by calming your nerves and sending the right signals that you’re ready to give birth.
How Does Hypnosis Help?
Hypnosis causes your mind and body to go into a deeply relaxed state. You’re still fully conscious and aware of what’s going on. Contrary to what you’ve probably seen in movies, you’re not actually “sleeping” when you’re in hypnosis.
Rather, this relaxed state helps you to close down external distractions. That’s one reason why hypnosis is so effective for pain management. It can help you feel more relaxed and less distracted by the discomfort you’re feeling. Fear causes tension causes pain is a familiar mantra in the hypnobirthing world and hypnosis helps with breaking that cycle. Many women rely on hypnosis to help them have a more comfortable childbirth experience.
It can also help with birth induction for that very reason. Studies have shown that relaxation can play a big role in initiating the birthing process. It will also keep the process moving forward and going as smoothly as possible.
That’s because oxytocin drives labor. When you’re calm and peaceful, it will boost your oxytocin levels, and assists with the induction or progression of labor without the assistance of medications.
Is Hypnosis Right for You?
If you’re putting together a birthing plan or you’re expecting a child soon, it’s essential to know what hypnosis can and can’t do. Hypnosis will put you in the calm state your body requires to give birth. Will it completely eliminate pain? No. However, it can significantly reduce it.
Hypnosis is right for you if you’re looking for a natural way to induce labor and get through the birthing process without relying on heavy drugs or remedies. When you’re about to go into labor, the last thing you want is to be distracted by all of the external factors surrounding you. Hypnosis can help with that and make it easier to stay focused and actually enjoy the experience of giving birth.
Interested in learning more about hypnosis for birth induction? Or, do you want to get started soon before your little one is born? Don’t hesitate to contact me for more information.