There are a multitude of conditions and complaints where hypnotherapy can help – often in just one session but sometimes several are needed. It is always a good idea to get the go ahead from your primary care provider before using hypnotherapy. We want to rule out any underlying conditions that may need assistance or referral from your Midwife, GP or specialist first.
Tokophobia (Fear of pregnancy/birth)
The fear of childbirth may be the result of negative emotional experiences and it is often present due to the ‘horror’ stories friends and families recount about giving birth. It may also be present due to a past traumatic experience. Symptoms are similar to other phobias and may include.
- Panic attacks
- Avoiding getting pregnant
- Inability to relax
- Feelings of dizziness
- Dry mouth
- Excessive sweating
Reframing using clinical hypnotherapy can be very helpful in helping people to locate their inner strengths and resources to combat the problems associated with Tokophobia. Being well prepared and knowledgeable about the process of birth must not be underestimated. We are often frightened of what we don’t understand. Knowledge is power!
Anxiety at any stage of life is challenging. It can affect every aspect of life and take away life’s simple pleasures. It also has a habit of escalating over time. Anxiety is particularly prevalent in pregnancy due to the huge life changes occurring.
Pregnancy affects every aspect of a woman’s life including her body, her mind, relationships and work. That’s before we have even thought about the birth itself… and then having a newborn to care for. Throw a few extra challenges in to the mix such as relationship or financial struggles and It’s really no surprise that anxiety occurs. Of course, a certain level of anxiety is normal, healthy even. But the key is to manage anxiety, rather than have anxiety managing you.
Studies have shown that anxiety can have adverse effects on the developing baby. Another great reason to keep it in check. Anxiety is very effectively treated with hypnotherapy and may make your pregnancy much more enjoyable
Depression is an intricate issue that requires assessment, diagnosis and treatment by your GP and a specialised mental health team. Clinical hypnotherapy can, however, be used as a very useful adjunct alongside other therapies and has been shown time and time again to have great results. Sufferers of depression describe many different symptoms as it affects each individual in a unique way and at different severities.
Unfortunately birth trauma is becoming more and more prevalent. Up to a 3rd of women will report trauma to some degree. This is largely due to the over medicalisation and management of labour and birth leading to poor outcomes where women feel they had little control.
Symptoms of birth trauma can include:
- Intrusive memories
- feeling disconnected from your baby
- blocking out parts of your experience (intentionally or not)
- emotional numbness
- irritability or anger
- panic attacks
- not wanting to socialise/withdrawing.
This can be a life consuming problem where flashbacks occur frequently and everyday tasks become a struggle, especially caring for a new baby.
If you have been experiencing any of these symptoms, then I’d love to hear from you. We can usually make a huge difference in a few gentle sessions.
Pregnancy Induced Hypertension (high blood pressure)
This condition can absolutely NOT be treated with hypnotherapy alone. However, hypnotherapy is of great value where blood pressure goes up at anxious times such as clinic appointments.
Smoking Cessation for Pregnancy
Smoking cessation is probably what hypnotherapy is known best for. It can have great results – but only if the client is 100% committed to quit. As with all therapeutic interactions, the client must be fully invested in the process. Pregnancy is a great motivator and studies have shown that women are more open to suggestions made during a hypnotherapy session when pregnant. Everything is on your side if you are ready!
Hyperemesis/Nausea & Vomiting
Nausea and vomiting affects approximately 80% of pregnancies and can commence as early as five weeks gestation. Luckily, for most women it has resolved by around 12 weeks. For the minority however, the symptoms can become serious and develop into hyperemesis gravidarum (HG). This can become so severe that hospital treatment is necessary for intravenous hydration and medication. Hypnotherapy for HG may be a useful adjunct to other therapies when a thorough medical evaluation has been carried out. A study carried out on 138 women with HG showed that all improved to some degree when treated with hypnotherapy.
Breastfeeding is one of the most natural things in the world, but even when everything goes to plan and you have great support, baby latches well, your milk comes in and your supply is great…even then – it can still be hard. The disrupted sleep is challenging, and your nipples will become sore as they adjust.
At the same time, your hormones are on their own little rollercoaster and often you won’t know what day of the week it is.
Hypnotherapy can help with an easier transition to breastfeeding. Breastfeeding relies on some of the same hormones as birth such as oxytocin and prolactin. A relaxed state helps the process as stress hormones such as adrenaline interfere with the flow of oxytocin. Hypnotherapy for breastfeeding is best done antenatally and can be combined with Hypnotherapy Preparation for labour.
Fear of Caesarean Section
Hypnotherapy is well utilised and extremely effective treatment for all manner of phobias and anxieties. Having attended hundreds of caesareans myself I am able to address all aspects of the process. I’ll also be able to help you pinpoint exactly what it is that is causing your fear so we can address that and work on it directly.
Are you struggling to cope with the stress of IVF treatment? Do you want to regain control of your emotional and physical wellbeing? Hormonal changes, medical tests and the pressure of being desperate for success can all take their toll on your mental wellbeing. Remember to be kind to yourself.
Hypnotherapy will offer you the opportunity to connect with your inner self. There are many different strategies that can be utilised to help you regain the balance and the peace that you need in what can be a stressful and overwhelming journey.
Pregnancy loss is all too common. It can happen at any time in pregnancy although will usually occur in the first trimester. There are so many emotions associated with pregnancy loss including sadness, confusion and guilt. Using hypnotherapy, I will assist you to make sense of your feelings and emotions and help in the transition to get you wherever it is you need to be.
Another common pregnancy problem that is generally just a nuisance and related to the stretching of the skin. It can, however, be related to a serious condition called cholestasis and this needs to be ruled out prior to commencing hypnotherapy.
The topic of itching is a great way to demonstrate the powerful mind body connection. Just the thought of an itch will make them occur. I’m pretty sure you have several itchy spots on your body right now…. just because I have brought your awareness to them. Hypnotherapy is just as powerful in reverse at resolving pregnancy related itching. One less pregnancy ailment would be great wouldn’t it.
We can all cope with a night or two of disturbed sleep, but when it is night after night after night the effects become accumulative. The effect that disrupted sleep can have on your mental health is huge. This then has a knock-on effect to every other aspect of your life.
Most people will go through stages of disrupted sleep, and during pregnancy it’s pretty inevitable. Whether it’s the constant need to wee, the big abdomen that you just can’t get in a comfy spot, cramps in your legs or any of the numerous other pregnancy complaints…. It’s a miracle if you sleep right through.
Hypnotherapy is amazing for insomnia. Whilst it won’t take away the need to pee, it will help soothe a racing mind and may also be useful for some of the physical discomforts of pregnancy. I really recommend you try it if you are close to losing your mind due to sleep deprivation.
Preparation for labour
The wonderful truth about birth is that you have nothing to fear! You have everything you need right there within you to create a blissful, safe and powerful birth. Hypnosis for labour preparation has been shown to significantly reduce the length of labour, reduce the need for analgesia, reduce the need for instrumental and operative deliveries and improve Apgar scores (the assessment of baby’s wellbeing post birth).
I recommend having these sessions in a minimum of two hourly time slots to get the most out of them as they involve a lot of in-depth education and hypnotherapy. 3 sessions are recommended to achieve maximum benefit.
Combine with Hypnotherapy for breastfeeding
Helping to Start Labour
As a Midwife, I am confident in your body’s ability to labour and birth at exactly the right moment, but I also understand that for some woman it can be hard to ‘let go’. Hypnotherapy can be very useful in this instance for identifying and helping to release any underlying problems that may be holding things up, so that your body may relax, and the hormones can flow…
Although headaches are very common in pregnancy, they can also be a symptom of a serious pregnancy related condition called pre-eclampsia and so should always be investigated by your primary healthcare provider before seeking out alternative treatments. Hypnotherapy has been proven to be very effective at reducing headaches and migraines.
Breech is where baby is bottom or feet down instead of head down. It’s considered a mal position although many Midwives will argue it’s just a variation of normal.
Unfortunately, most Midwives and even Obstetricians are deskilled in the art of supporting breech birth due to the fact that most women are recommended (and accept) a Caesarean.
Hypnotherapy has been shown to be effective when combined with optimal positioning for turning a breech baby. A study of 100 women with breech babies after 37 weeks’ gestation had an 81% success rate of babies turning to the correct position following hypnotherapy compared to 48% in the control group. The techniques taught in the session are recommended to be repeated at home for optimal success.