There are actually a couple of different ways you can reduce pain.. the first is about reducing actual pain and the second is about reducing the feeling of the pain or changing the pain message.
When self hypnosis is used as a way to keep you relaxed, calm and fear-free then those wonderful birthing hormones will keep flowing and adrenaline can be kept at bay. Because if adrenaline hits your system, oxygen gets taken away from your contracting muscles and your baby; instead the oxygen goes out to your arms and legs as its the fight or flight hormone (gets you out of that situation). When the contracting muscles of your uterus don't have oxygen, they cant work properly, and the message sent to your brain is one of pain ..to get you to do something about it, to get you to take action.. and in this case its all about getting adrenaline out and the wonderful birthing hormones like oxytocin flowing. Birth wasn't designed to be painful! So using self hypnosis to keep you calm and relaxed is a very useful tool indeed!
Secondly, you can also use self hypnosis to reduce the feeling of pain or change that pain message being sent to your brain to a different message.. maybe a message to remind you that it is productive and purposeful and you are feeling that pain so that you can meet your baby very soon..
Self hypnosis is simply an awesome tool to have in your toolbox for the birth! Will you be using it?
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