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  1. What is hypnobirthing? 

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    It was World Hypnobirthing Day on March 21st 2022. So what is hypnobirthing, and is hypnobirthing safe? If you’re expecting a baby, read on to find out all about hypnobirthing and our new parent advice around the method.  If you’re entering your third trimester, it’s perfect timing. 

    First, what is hypnobirthing? It’s about using hypnosis and related techniques to prepare yourself for labour and the delivery of your child. It’s a reliable way to ease your fears and manage pain better naturally. Hypnosis during birth, as it does at any other time, also happens to feel absolutely lovely, leaving you feeling calm, positive, renewed, and rejuvenated. 


    How does hypnobirthing help mums to be?

    The word hypnosis describes when someone experiences changes in sensation, perception, thought or behaviour as suggested either by the hypnotist, or during self-hypnosis. It’s an idea that does back a long way but it was formalised in 1989 thanks to a book by the hypnotherapist Marie Mongan, influenced by other believers in natural birth including Drs Jonathan Dye and Grantly Dick-Read.

    Hypnobirthing involves a number of relaxation and self-hypnosis techniques designed to help mums-to-be to relax their bodies before and during labour and birth. Once your body and mind are in the completely relaxed state that hypnotism brings, the labour and birth are less painful and faster, simply because you’re not fighting it. You’re achieving the natural process of birth in a calm, positive state of mind rather than being tense and afraid. 

    The zen-like mental place you find yourself in when in a hypnotic state helps you to empty your mind and breathe your way through the birth, relaxing your body, reducing pain and letting you respond the way nature intended. A powerful blend of breathing techniques, positive thoughts, positive words and guided visualisation sits at the heart of it all. 

    When should you start hypnobirthing?

    So hypnobirthing can make your labour shorter, result in fewer interventions, and help you manage the pain naturally. You feel more in control, your baby may have a higher Apgar score as a result, and if you’ve experienced trauma during the birth process before, it’ll calm the bad memories and allow you to cope a lot better. But when is the best time to start hypnobirthing? 

    To achieve the most beneficial state of altered conscious awareness, no time is too early. Any time after your first trimester is fine. 

    How long does it take to learn hypnobirthing?

    How long does it take to learn the hypnobirthing technique? It depends, simply because everyone is different. If you’ve experienced hypnotherapy before, or you already practice self-hypnosis, it might take less time than average because you understand what it feels like, making the state of mind a little easier to achieve. It can take as little as two weeks, but it can also take longer. 6-8 weeks is perfectly normal.  As a rule the more you practice, the easier it’ll be to find and stay in that lovely state of mind before and during the birth. 

    How do I access hypnobirthing?

    As the word spreads, more companies and individual therapists are offering hypnobirthing classes, courses, and training. You can also learn online. If you have any fears or worries about labour and birth, treat yourself to hypnobirthing and feel the tension drain away. It’s a technique you can also use throughout your life whenever you start to feel stress or worry, whatever the reason. We wish you a wonderfully happy pregnancy and a super-chilled birth!  


  2. What are the benefits of physical activity during pregnancy?

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    There’s plenty of evidence to prove exercising and staying active through pregnancy and postnatally is great for your mental and physical health. Regular activity improves your emotional wellbeing, too. It reduces depression, helps with hypertensive disorders, and cuts the risk of developing gestational diabetes. But how do women balance exercise and pregnancy wisely? How much should a woman exercise when pregnant? What are the best pregnancy exercises? And are there any exercises to avoid when pregnant? Read on to find out. 

    What type of physical activity should I do while pregnant? 

    The idea is to exercise gently during pregnancy. It’s really good for you and your baby, helping you stick to a healthy weight and preparing your body for labour. The stronger and fitter you are at the stage you give birth, the better. 

    Walking is perfect. Running is fine for experienced runners, obviously not so wise if you’re pregnant and haven’t gone running before. Yoga, aerobics and pelvic floor/abdominal exercises are also ideal. 

    How much physical activity should I do while pregnant? 

    Basically, any amount of physical exercise is better than nothing. It makes sense to avoid anything too strenuous, especially in hot weather, and keep your fluid levels up. Always warm up first and down afterwards, exactly as you would when not pregnant. And make a plan to get active every single day.

    It’s interesting to know that just two and a half hours of exercise a week should be enough when you’re pregnant. And there’s no need to do it all in one go. Break it up into ten minute chunks if you like, spreading your activities throughout the day. 

    If you were exercising regularly before you became pregnant, keep it up as long as you feel comfortable. Just bear in mind it doesn’t have to be a strain to do you good. If not, start now! Kick off with 10 minutes a day, maybe a brisk walk. Then build it up steadily to your 150 minutes a week. 

    Whatever you do, listen carefully to your body. It knows best. As long as you can comfortably chat while exercising, all is well. If you’re getting out of breath, calm things down. 

    Is physical activity during pregnancy safe for all women? 

    Unless there’s a medical reason why you shouldn’t exercise during pregnancy, moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity will do you a lot of good. But there are some exercises that all pregnant women should avoid. 

    Never lie on your back for longer than a few minutes, especially after the 16 week mark. Your bump could press on blood vessels to make you feel faint and you may even pass out. Avoid any exercise where your bump might get hit, or where you risk falling. Scuba diving is not a good idea, to be avoided completely when pregnant unless you want decompression sickness and gas embolisms. And avoid exercising at more than 2500m above sea level unless that’s where you live and your body is used to the altitude. 

    About This Mum Moves 

    Are you ready to move? Need inspiration? The This Mum Moves app from Baby Buddy App provides some great general pregnancy workouts to follow.

    Maintaining a physical lifestyle will provide plenty of benefits to mum and, as a consequence, baby. Another way to help your baby is to store their precious life-saving stem cells with Biovault Family. You can find out more by downloading our brochure or talking to our team on 01752 753723.