Monday, February 13, 2012

Self-hypnosis birthing, night-time potty training

I bought a Hypnobabies Home Study Course for Expectant Mothers a few weeks ago via Amazon. I haven't actually gotten around to sending the enrollment form included but I've already started reading the book and listening to the cds. So far, I've enjoyed listening to the cds and learning how to relax and focus my mind on sound of Kerry's voice on my discman. Of course, there are times (if not most, honestly) that I'd be drifting off or falling asleep (especially when I listen at night, after Jack-Jack falls asleep), but as she reminds at every start of the track, as long as I continue listening to it, my sub-conscious would pick up all that it needs.

I found that listening to the cds and learning to relax and at my current class, learning self-hypnosis, made me less sleepy during office hours, even if I didn't get a full sleep the night before. I think the 30+ minutes of listening to the tracks, and just relaxing and letting your mind do all the work and learning is worth extra hours of lost sleep (especially now that I'm on my last trimester and achieving a fairly comfortable sleeping position is almost a challenge every time, plus my bladder always seem to be full).

I'm faithfully going thru the course, listening to the cd tracks as suggested, reading thru the literary at the beginning of each course week. I'm just having trouble going thru this week's daily exercise, the Finger-Drop technique. But I compensate by doing at least 3 of those one after the other, before I listen to a new cd. The physical exercises... I have yet to start. I'm hoping that all these would help me have a natural (no anesthesia), vaginal birth. I just fear a bit since my baby would be bigger than my eldest son. Well, pelvic excercises, here I come.

On another note, my son still doesn't seem to be disturbed sleeping in wet briefs and pajamas. I would wake up in the middle of the night, touch his bum, and discover he's wet. I think the cool weather is what makes him pee during the night plus the liquids he takes in before going to sleep. I do make sure that he pees before we finally settle down but sometimes, that doesn't help. Oh, well. We finally bought a mattress protector so that at least, our bed wouldn't continue absorbing all his urine. Hee.


Heather said...

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Jenny @ Chronicles of A Nursing Mom said...

Pat! I did hypnobirthing too.. we played the CDs during labor and i would say that they helped me relax (ambient noise) and the breathing techniques taught were also quite helpful!