Using Hypnosis for Morning Sickness

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Anyone who has suffered with morning sickness will tell you how absolutely awful it can be.  It is a very odd time for women as the elation and excitement of being pregnant is often subdued by the intermittent or, often non-stop feelings of nausea, low energy, dizziness and vomiting.  There is no magic pill that will take it away and none of natural remedies are guaranteed to work.  It is something that you know you just have to put up with, in the knowledge that at some point (for most it is around 12 weeks, but for others it can continue longer) it will stop.

Most websites and pregnancy resources will tell you that morning sickness is considered a normal part of pregnancy quoting that up to 80% of women (in our society) will get it.  However there is considerable research, including a study that came out in Germany this month (January 2013), which has shown that psychosocial variables have a clear influence on incidents of morning sickness including levels of stress, social support and emotions relating to being pregnant. Stress in particular has been shown to increase the incidence and severity of morning sickness, as an Increase in cortisol (stress hormones) leads to highs and lows of blood sugar which bring on the bouts of morning sickness.

Another theory is that it may also be nature’s way of getting a mum to slow down, to take better care of herself, and to begin her journey to becoming a mother by ensuring that she begins to be more aware of the effect her actions have on her baby.

Which ever view you hold, morning sickness is something that is very common, and in most cases is considered to be a positive element of pregnancy – statistically morning sickness reduces the likelihood of miscarriage, pre-term birth, low birth weight and perinatal death.

However, if you are suffering from morning sickness you probably do not really care what the theories are or why you have it – you probably just want ideas on how to reduce or get rid of it.

There are several natural ways to help reduce morning sickness including acupuncture, acupressure, taking ginger, peppermint, eating bland foods and grazing rather than eating big meals. Another way that has helped many women, including the Duchess of Cambridge is by using hypnotherapy.

So how can hypnotherapy help a woman experiencing symptoms of morning sickness?

As already discussed, stress can play a significant part in the onset and severity of morning sickness. However, reducing stress consciously or on demand is a difficult thing to. Hypnotherapy helps you do this on several levels. Firstly the simple fact that you are taking time out (usually about 30 mins) to relax and switch off means that you are reducing the body’s levels of stress hormones, calming your thoughts and focusing on positive feelings. Secondly whilst in a deeply relaxed state you are listening to positive suggestions about releasing any tension or stress and replacing them with calmer, more positive feelings. And thirdly whilst in hypnosis you take on new ways of dealing with the stress once you are out of hypnosis and dealing with your daily life (called a post hypnotic suggestion).  By being calmer, more relaxed and less stressed the symptoms of morning sickness will reduce.

The second key factor is to help you reframe your thoughts and feelings about food and smells giving you positive suggestions to change your response such as imagining (and so having) a minty or lemony taste in your mouth which replaces the unpleasant sensations and to be attracted to foods that feel and are good for you.  According to the latest reports on the Duchess of Cambridge ‘The hypnotherapy is taking away any negative thoughts connected with food from the morning sickness, and replacing them with cravings for healthy, nutritious food”.

So you have tried everything else, let Hypnosis work it wonders. Relax n’ Birth morning sickness therapy is a one off therapy session, lasting approximately one hour. At the end of the therapy session, you will receive a CD or digital download MP3 that you can listen to over the following days/weeks.

The cost is £30 and I travel to your house for the therapy at a time that suits you, morning, afternoon and evenings, as well as weekends. £5 travel allowance charged for distanced further than ten miles from Bangor, maximum mileage of 25 miles.

Darryl McCullagh

Hypnotherapist and Hypnobirthing Practitioner



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