One of the many ways to deal with stress during pregnancy are the so-called “Positive Affirmations”, or Self-Affirmations – positive statements that empower us by focusing on healthy, optimistic messages that counteract our fears and worries.
If you decide to practice this exercise, you will start to feel better about yourself. However, at the beginning you’re going to feel a little bit silly. No worries, it’s normal. I also felt strange the first times, but then you get used to it very quickly. And the benefits appear very fast too.
What is a positive affirmation?
A positive affirmation is a statement that you tell yourself, ideally every day, that contains a positive and encouraging message.
The key is to choose statements that are positive. So words like “can’t”, “no” or “don’t” are not to be used. Stick to only a few until you have interiorized them.
For instance, I chose three statements that are important to me:
Everything is going to be alright
The baby is healthy
You are keeping the baby safe
They are relevant to me because my biggest fear is that something could happen to the baby that is growing inside me. Sometimes I need the reassurance that all is good.
But you may have different needs. If you have more specific fears, focus on them and turn them into something positive that you want to believe in.
It might be awkward at the beginning but the best is to repeat those affirmations to yourself in front of a mirror. I do it every morning before I get ready for work. It has become a habit and it doesn’t feel weird anymore.
I smile at my reflection and I repeat those three sentences a couple of times. It’s enough to keep me going, so I totally recommend it.
In our Free Beginner’s Guide to a Stress-Free Pregnancy you will find lots of activities to relax, go check it out!
Are positive affirmations scientific?
You might wonder whether there is scientific basis for this exercise. That is a valid question you need to ask yourself always before engaging in a self-help activity. Because there are tons of cases out there of well-intended but not-so-effective exercises that work more as a placebo than in reality.
There are scientific studies that have tested the effectiveness of positive affirmations. You can find more of them in this article of Psychology Today.
What statements would you choose? Share them in the comments section, they will inspire your fellow warriors 🙂