Pregnancy can be one of the most exciting and hopeful times of a woman’s life, but it can also be an anxious time, and one that is full of new emotions and physical symptoms. Some women find they become anxious, stressed or depressed during pregnancy, or that pre-existing anxiety or depression can be heightened. This can happen to anybody, but may particularly be a problem where there is a history of difficulties in conceiving, miscarriage or traumatic previous birth.
Hypno-psychotherapy can help you explore and manage feelings of stress and anxiety, and learn to deeply relax and take control, leaving you free to enjoy your pregnancy, and journey towards motherhood.
Morning Sickness/Hyperemesis Gravidarum
Around half of pregnant women experience nausea and/or vomiting in early pregnancy. This often resolves early in the second trimester, but for a small proportion of women it can unfortunately continue for longer, occasionally right through the pregnancy until birth. For some women, the vomiting can be severe, where it is termed ‘hyperemesis gravidarum’. This can have a profoundly negative effect on the woman’s life, causing misery and limiting normal functioning, and can be so severe that it becomes a medical emergency. If you are suffering in this way, it might help to know that hypnotherapy can help reduce nausea and vomiting, allowing you to regain a much better quality of life.
Needle phobia can be an issue that comes to the fore during pregnancy. In some cases, it can even be so severe that it leads to sufferers delaying pregnancy, despite longing for a child. If you find that the thought of blood tests or vaccinations fills you with dread and horror, you might be interested to hear that hypnotherapy can help you quickly resolve this phobia, leaving you free to access the best medical care for you and your baby – without feeling undue anxiety or stress.
Turning breech babies
Do you wish to give birth vaginally, but your baby is breech and you have been informed that you will need a caesarean section or external cephalic version you don’t want?
Hypnotherapy can be successfully used for turning breech babies, in preparation for a vaginal birth. In a study of two hundred pregnant women with breech babies at between 37 and 40 weeks gestation, one half of the group received hypnotherapy, while the other half received only standard medical care. 81% of the babies belonging to the group that received hypnotherapy turned to a vertex presentation, whereas only 48% of the babies in the control group did. The therapy is gentle and gets good results, so if you are keen to avoid a caesarean or external cephalic version, it is well worth it.
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