Pregnancy can be a time of excitement and joy, but our individual conception stories can be very different. Some newly pregnant folks may have been trying to conceive for many years before getting pregnant. Maybe you're reading this, and you are pregnant after a miscarriage with your rainbow baby! If your conception story was a challenging one, you’re not alone.
One thing we can all relate to is this is a challenging time to be bringing new life into the world! As someone who works with pregnant and postpartum people almost daily, I often hear many mothers express to me that they are experiencing anxiety and depression. I have created a list of affirmations to help reprogram negative thinking and promote a more positive state of mind.
Sit comfortably in a chair. Relax your shoulders, relax your jaw, and relax your forehead.
Repeat the following in your head or out loud daily, as often as you'd like:
Every heartbeat is sending love and nourishment to my baby.
My body carries ancient wisdom. It knows how to carry a healthy, full-term pregnancy.
With each inhale, I send love to my baby.
I will be a great mother/parent.
I am resilient and resourceful.
My immune system is so strong. It knows how to protect us.
With each breath, I send fresh oxygen to my baby.
I am so healthy and strong.
My body is designed for birth. My body is intelligent, it knows what to do.
I am powerful!
I walk protected by the love of the hundreds of women who came before me. I am protected by my ancestors.
I trust my body. It knows what to do.
I feel confident. I feel safe. I feel secure.
Every day I am closer to holding my healthy baby.
I can relax, knowing all is well.
I am surrounded by love and support.
I am prepared to meet whatever turns my birthing takes.
I breathe deeply and I am calm.
I am protected by all prayers and loving wishes sent my way. I walk in love and light.
I am relaxed and happy that my baby is finally coming.
I am fierce but flexible.
I worthy of happiness and joy.
I am strong and capable.
I am beautiful, inside, and out.
Waiting for the birth of my baby is an experience of serene joy.
With each deep breath, I feel better and better.
Each surge of my body brings my baby closer to me.
With love and best wishes, Joanna