Meghan Markle is under the spotlight now more than ever as we all anxiously await the arrival of a new royal. The mom to-be is absolutely glowing and has been quite open about her feelings on pregnancy, and her plans for delivery and after. Recently, she revealed that she will be employing a technique used by many who choose a natural birth, and it’s called hypnobirthing.
“Her mother is very into anything that is holistic and natural, and having been brought up with yoga and mindfulness, it’s all very much part of Meghan’s birth plan,” a source told Vanity Fair. The couple has also hired a doula to help in the planning and birthing process, in addition to undergoing acupuncture sessions for increased blood flow to the uterus.
Where hypnobirthing comes in is when it’s time to deliver. It’s a process of self-hypnosis, breathing and visualization practices that help to reframe pain and ease the process of a drug-free birth. There’s no scary hypnotized hallucinations here though, the mother is totally conscious but fully relaxed.
It’s certainly worth looking into if you’re opting for a natural birth. Professionals recommend having the added support of a doula or nurse midwife to make sure that mother and baby are completely safe in the process.