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When to buy birth book/Natal hypnotherapy CD

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squizita Mon 12-May-14 11:04:30

I am very superstitious as this is the first pregnancy (of several) that has survived (so far!). I'm currently 22 weeks. My NCT classes start in a couple of weeks.

I was planning on buying the book "birth skills" and a CD on midfulness and/or natal hypnotherapy. Totally irrationally, I need to balance not feeling I've done it too early (jinxing things/hubris) but obviously not leaving it too late so I can't digest the information.

Purely subjective but... when should I buy. Sorry, know it sounds insane.

eurochick Mon 12-May-14 11:14:28

I have similar irrational feelings (long period ttc, previous IVF mc). I bought Birth Skills at around 18-19 weeks. I booked myself on a natal hypnotherapy course (for later in the pregnancy) at 23 weeks. It was a good job I did book then, as there were only 2 places left on any of the courses before my EDD! My mw gave me a hypnotherapy CD at my 24 week appt.

I still haven't bought a single thing for the baby. I have skulked around baby shops twice feeling like an interloper before leaving empty handed.

squizita Mon 12-May-14 11:25:19

I still haven't bought a single thing for the baby. I have skulked around baby shops twice feeling like an interloper before leaving empty handed.

Me too! I went into Mothercare yesterday and looked at things then scuttled out. To avoid looking mad, I said to DH that I wanted the box room to be empty and painted 'before we fill it with baby stuff'. Rubbish, I am just being superstitious! How much space would a gro-bag and a wee little blankie (items I looked at) take up anyway! grin

bakingtins Mon 12-May-14 20:33:17

Hi squiz how about looking at it as a third trimester thing? I have used the Natal hypnotherapy CDs in all 3 pregnancies that got that far, listening every day once I was on mat leave ( so for 4-5 weeks) which seemed plenty. Your MW is going to want to discuss birth preferences at 34-35 weeks so you need to have thought about options by that point, though you can change your mind later.

djwillis Thu 15-May-14 17:39:04

I agree, its hard not to feel like you will 'jinx' it, but just remember its never too early to take time out during pregnancy to relax, its really good for you and baby, and as well as the Natal Hypnotherapy CDs and workshops I'd also recommend Maggie Howells book Effective Birth Preparation, its really easy to read too.
Defo get yourself booked onto Natal Hypnotherapy workshops.. I did and I had both of mine naturally, v 'normal' births, lol!

Winnie101 Thu 15-May-14 17:44:57

I'm like this too! 26 weeks pregnant and scared of 'jinxing' it after a previous mc.

I've been listening to Maggie Howll's pregnancy relaxationCD for a while now and plan to use the actual natal hypnotherapy CD from 32 weeks onwards.

I started reading 'Effective Birth Preparation' after my 20 week scan (at 21 weeks) and have almost finished it (I've been reading other books simultaneously). I definitely rate the CD and book.

I still haven't bought a single thing for the nursery!

djwillis Thu 15-May-14 21:27:50

winnie101- if you like the NH CDs try the new Birth Trauma one - it is for any trauma incl MC and is really really lovely if you have had previous loss, no matter what the circumstances, have listened to it myself xx

CCBirthskills Fri 16-May-14 22:54:07

I am a Natal Hypnotherapy Practitioner. I am sure it is really difficult accepting that this pregnancy is for real but I am sure your baby would love you to start saying "hallo", the Natal Hypnotherapy Pregnancy Relaxation CD would be great for you and then move onto the Effective Birth Prep CD at about 28-32 weeks which is when you could attend a workshop if you have any locally. I hope you enjoy the rest of your pregnancy smile .

squizita Sat 17-May-14 10:49:11

Thanks CC, will look into it.

squizita Sat 17-May-14 10:51:35

Also DJ that CD sounds fabulous. Irrational links between anything coming out and "loss" ... Need to get over them, with a bit of a deadline lol, don't think PFB will wait for mummy when the time comes! grin

Winnie101 Sun 18-May-14 14:39:42

Thanks djwillis, I'll look into that xx

sambababy Mon 19-May-14 08:00:07

Maggie Howell's book is fantastic. I read it first at around 22wks when I received it as a gift, then again at around 36wks. Whilst I'm not sure it can help with your nerves over the pregnancy, I did find the book and the birth stories in it very calming and empowering to read.

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