Wow! So I finally figured out how to use my mp3 player and just listened to the Joyful Affirmations track from Hypnobabies. I LOVE IT!!! I know we all try to think positive, but sometimes don't know how, and one thing for me is that I had never realized how MANY different things I could be thinking positively about.
I have read all the way up to Class 2 in my workbook, and I am in complete agreement with the philosophy of replacing old, bad habits with new and better ones, and that the way you THINK ultimately leads to what you DO. So all of that already fit into my belief system. I think I may be highly suggestible to Hypnobabies.
Thank goodness I am having another baby so that I can use Hypnobabies!! Can't wait to find some quiet time later to try my first hypnosis session...Special Place.
You've gotta let us know how that first session goes!! Mine was an awesome experience. I love the affirmations too... especially since you can listen to them in the car, or anywhere. "I love my pregnant body" ... I use that one a lot. Especially when I feel bloated, etc. I really think it works. I can't wait to hear of your birthing day and everything. I am ALL ABOUT hypnobabies now.
I'm glad you enjoyed the affirmations
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I did get a little tired of listening to the affirmations by the end. I made playlists on my ipod that had a hypnosis script followed by the affirmations, so that when I fell asleep listening to the script (as I almost always did), the affirmations would continue to play.
I did love the affirmation "This is a new birth and a new baby," though, it was reasurring to remind myself that my previous birth experience didn't have to negatively impact this one, and I also needed to remember that this baby was special and unique, because it was weird for me to not be as excited about this baby coming as I was about my first.
I am happy to hear about all of your experiences. I told my DH that I thought everyone should listen to affirmations. I also love "This is a new baby and a new birth." I like the idea of putting on the affirmations right after a hypnosis track, since I eventually dozed off and woke up to another hypnosis track.
So, this is how my first hypnosis went:
I had to wait until I got into bed at night to do it since the kids were all up kind of late (thanks to springing forward). So I told my hubby I was going to listen to my fist hypnosis script, and I would say goodnight now. He was in the bathroom doing his bedtime routine, which takes him a while, and I was TOTALLY into the hypnosis. The first awesome part was when I seriously could not open my eyes. I was like...WHAT???? That's so crazy!!!! Everything was going great, until it got to the actual visualizing/feeling/imagining part about the place and the baby and that's right when DH turned out the light and got into bed!!! ay yi yi! I told myself that I knew that he would be doing that and that it would be a test of my concentration. I didn't get totally thrown off track, but enough that I didn't have the experience I thought I would. But I will make sure next time that I really won't be disturbed at all. (Is that going to be possible?? haha)
The really, um, I don't want to say strange thing, and possibly just a coincidence, but really cool nonetheless, is that right when I started focusing on my baby he started moving all around!!! It was a sweet experience which definitely helped me bond with my baby.
I wanted to add that I was completely aware of Kelly counting up when she started at "One" but somehow...I never made it to "Three"! I must have fallen asleep exactly at that moment.
The "make sure that you wont' be disturbed" part was hard for me. I sometimes listened while lying down with my DD to get her to fall asleep, and so she'd be squirming next to me. I looked at it as good practice for my birth when I knew would have distractions and would need to stay focused reguardless.
It is pretty common for babies to move around a lot when the mom is deeply relaxed. When you're moving around, the movement rocks the baby to sleep, so when you rest, they wake up. I still felt like when Teio moved during the scripts, it was a great opportunity to bond with him, especially during Special Place, which he also moved during when I listened to it during my birthing time, which was kind of amazing.
I find that my baby often moves during parts like that in my scripts too. Such a cool experience!
Oh man, we did a major Fear Release session in our class last night, and right at the deepest, most important part, one of the dad's CELLPHONE RANG. It was actually good, though, because it really didn't disturb me much and I was proud of my concentration in the face of distraction--nice to know for sure I could do it! Man, I bet he felt terrible, though. (Being able to focus like that is coming easier and easier with more practice!)
Hypnosis is a skill that you practice and get better at over time. Because of this, I wouldn't worry about it even if someone were distracted with, well, distractions in the beginning learning period. I've used hypnosis with my last four babies so I know that it can sometimes be tricky to get "undisturbed" practice--especially if you have other kids. I often found that the best time to listen was in the middle of the night after using the bathroom. Once I got a handle on using hypnosis, it was much easier to use it if there were any distractions. For example, dh pretty much always has the TV on if he's in our bedroom, which is where I practiced my Hypnobabies. I used an eye mask (one of those silky ones for sleep) and headphones with my iPhone and that worked just fine.
Anyway, it sounds like you're off to a good start!