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How Using Affirmations in Pregnancy Can Keep You Calm and Centered

How Using Affirmations in Pregnancy Can Keep You Calm and Centered

"My baby is growing and developing just as it should."

“My body is beautiful just the way it is.”

Every mother has times she feels scared or has doubts in her pregnancy. This is completely normal. Thoughts may race through your head….am I going to be a good mother? Am I eating the right foods? I can’t labor, my body isn’t ready or capable… You get the picture. I want to let you in on a great way to help you manage those emotions and doubts, in order to create a truly amazing connection to and strong belief in your body, your baby and your partner – positive affirmations.

What is an affirmation, you say? Simply put, an affirmation is a declaration that something is true. When a person repeats positive affirmations daily, over time, they can be referred to as a practice or daily prayer with intention of a positive outcome. Affirmations can help to lessen fears and anxiety by shifting negative thoughts to positive ones.

The way you think about yourself, your body, and your developing pregnancy have an impact on you, your relationships, your partner, and your baby. Your baby can feel what you are feeling. This is why it is so important to make positive affirmations part of your daily pregnancy routine.

When fears creep in, take a small amount of time, just a long moment to center yourself, take a few calm breaths and say an affirmation out loud, repeating it up to 3 times. Allow the affirmation to soak into your entire being. Become the affirmation. You are an amazing woman, meant to be the mother of the child in your womb.

A Note for Fathers
Even though the mother is the one carrying the child, it does not mean she is alone in having doubts or strong emotions about becoming a parent. The husband or partner feels anxiety, worry and doubt as well. I have included affirmations for the husband/partner as well. It is important for the mother’s partner to be involved, to grow in this experience and to be there for their partner and child. Whenever possible, it is best for a child to have both parents.

Make Positive Affirmations Part of Your Routine

I like to keep affirmations in my bathroom next to my mirror, on the refrigerator or office wall, somewhere you will look at them often each day. You can write your own or copy the ones below. The only requirements are that you not use any negative words. Words such as can’t, someday, no, won’t, not, etc. should not be part of your affirmation vocabulary. To learn the creative steps to creating really powerful positive affirmations, read our article here…

Pregnancy Affirmations for the Mother with Child

This pregnancy and baby are special and meant to be.
My baby is nestled safely in my womb.
I am excited to meet this baby while also being calm and patient through today.
Everything I feel and experience is part of the great lesson of motherhood.
My baby is growing and developing just as it should.
My body is beautiful just the way it is.
The foods I am eating are nourishing me and my baby.
I love my pregnant body.
I am loving and thankful toward my partner, who is supportive through my pregnancy.
I am calm and centered when looking forward to the birth of my baby.
I am connected to all women who are pregnant all over the world.
I am surrounded by love and my baby feels this.
I am grateful to be able to feel a life growing inside of me.
I accept the help of others with an open heart and mind.
I am a good mother.
I have the confidence to ask for help and receive help when I need it.
I am listening to my body and it’s needs.
My life is important, so is my baby’s.
I am worthy of love and have the capacity to love.
My baby feels my love for him/her.
My baby is a miracle and I appreciate this opportunity to learn to become a mother.
I trust my body to work efficiently during pregnancy, labor, birth, and breastfeeding.

Affirmations for the Father

I love the way my wife’s/partner’s body is growing, she is radiant.
I love and support my partner on this incredible journey.
I am a good father.
I am patient with my wife/partner.
I will always be there for my wife and child.
I will listen to my partner and be attentive to her needs.
My baby is growing and developing just as it should.
My baby hears my voice and is already connected to me.
I am thankful to become a father.

Feel free to copy the above affirmations and hang them around your house. Repeat them in times of stress, times of worry and doubt, or times to affirm your deep and loving connection to your baby!

Dr. Christine Traxler M.D., OB/GYN
Dr. Christine Traxler M.D., OB/GYN

Dr. Traxler is a University-trained obstetrician/gynecologist, working with patients in Minnesota for over 20 years. She is a professional medical writer; having authored multiple books on pregnancy and childbirth; textbooks and coursework for medical students and other healthcare providers; and has written over 1000 articles on medical, health, and wellness topics.  Dr. Traxler attended the University of Minnesota College of Biological Sciences and University of Minnesota Medical School,  earning a degree in biochemistry with summa cum laude honors in 1981,  and receiving her Medical Doctorate degree (MD) in 1986.

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