Affirmations for Pregnancy: Uncluttered Mind Uncluttered Heart
Daily positive affirmations are a great break for our overworked brains. We are bombarded with inputs every moment of everyday, and our brain needs to sort through all that information and interpret it. Unfortunately for us, our brain has a negativity bias, that means it prioritizes, and gets stuck on, the negative. Negative thoughts and feelings have a convincing way of making us think they are reality and not an interpretation of reality.
Our thoughts (not the outside world) influence how we see the world and how we behave. We assign emotions to thoughts, and these emotions shape our perception, and change our beliefs about ourselves and the world around us. Positive affirmations can change our thinking habits. They can calm the nerves, reduce negative self talk, and make your life more positive. It’s a simple mind shift that can have a big impact. The repetition of positive affirmations has been proven to rewire the brain and strengthen parts of the brain that stimulate positive feelings.
What are Affirmations?
Affirmations are short, positive statements that are expressed in the present tense. An affirmation is a declaration that something is true, even if it’s not. The point of practicing daily affirmation is to make your affirmation true by saying it and believing it. It’s that simple to make a positive change in your way of thinking. It just takes time. I statement affirmations are best.
Affirmations are not one size fits all. To be truly beneficial, the affirmation you choose needs to be personally relevant and needs to make you feel something. Your affirmation needs to address a fear, or a stress in your life, or it can be used to help you stay motivated. Or an affirmation can be used to address a weakness or change you’d like to make in yourself. Lastly an affirmation can help us break a harsh judgement tendency and give ourselves more lenience and love.
Examples of Affirmations
Examples to Tackle Fear:
- I have done this before, and I can do it again.
- I’m freeing myself from all destructive doubt and fear.
- I trust myself.
- I am safe. I am brave.
- I’m rising above the thoughts that are trying to make me angry or afraid.
- I value failure as a way to learn more and grow stronger.
- Every day my confidence is growing.
Examples to Tackle Stress:
- I take things one day at a time
- I inhale peace and exhale worry
- This feeling is only temporary
- I am at ease when talking to other people
- Note to self: I am going to make you so proud
- I choose my battles.
- I am worthy, wise, and wonderful.
Examples For Motivation:
- I am getting better and better every day
- I finish what matters and let go of what does not
- I am filled with focus
- I can be whatever I want to be
- I am intelligent and focused
- I am brave.
- I am choosing to believe in myself today.
Examples To Fight Weakness:
- Happiness is a choice, and today I choose to be happy
- I alone am responsible for my emotions
- I confidently overcome any obstacle
- Pursuing my dreams excites me
- I can and I will
- I Am in control of my life, I am in control of my choices.
- To be who I want to be, I must make a change.
Examples For Change:
- I feed my spirit. I train my body. I focus my mind. This is my time
- The changes I'm making are exciting and positive
- The Universe supports my hopes and dreams
- I inspire those around me with my actions
- Change leads me to the life I deserve
- I am ready to change my circumstances.
- I choose to change my life one step at a time
Examples For Gratitude
- I am grateful for every sunrise
- I am grateful for the blessings in my life, both big and small
- I am grateful for every opportunity that comes my way
- I am grateful that I’m able to give and receive love
- I am grateful for the little things in life that bring me joy
- I am grateful to be myself
- I am grateful for my body.
What’s going to get in your way?
Consistency is key. You’ll need visual reminders to make this a daily practice. Make sure you set yourself up for success by putting your daily affirmation somewhere in your home or planner where you’ll be able to see it everyday. Put the time in.
A skeptical mind. If you start positive affirmations with the belief that it's not going to work for you, it's not going to work. Your thoughts have power: if you believe it won't it won't. If you believe it can it will. You need a growth mindset to see changes.
Just going through the motions. You need to pause and take the words in. Think. Feel. Believe. Don’t just say the words to get it over with and crossed off your list. That’s not a meaningful connection with what you’re trying to say. Remember you’re doing this for a reason.
Don’t be afraid to switch it up. If the words no longer make you feel something, find a new goal. Or if you’re still working on the same internal goal, find a different positive phrase to help you on your journey.
You’re doing too many at once. Pick one. I know that might not seem like enough, but you’re trying to build a habit. If you overwhelm yourself with too many choices you won’t go the distance and won’t accomplish anything.
Have more than one goal? Target your goals in time segments. Don’t go smaller than 7 days. Working on motivation, do it for 7 days. Stick to the theme for a week.
Having a particularly bad day and need to remind yourself you’re capable and beautiful? Do it that day. It’s ok to change your plan to target the most pressing matter. You need structure but enough flexibility to make it work for your changing needs.
Examples of Affirmations For Pregnancy & Parenthood
But first an example from Michelle Obama. In 2021(on twitter) , she shared her daily affirmation “Am I good enough? Yes, I am”.
Here are some examples that are pregnancy specific:
- I welcome the changes in my body.
- I love my pregnant body.
- I am enough.
- My pregnant body is beautiful.
- My body knows how to nourish and grow my baby.
- My baby feels my love.
- My baby and I are healthy and strong.
- Today I am thankful for my body, and the new experience of this pregnancy
- I trust in my ability to love this baby. I got this.
- I radiate love and self-confidence.
- I am creating a life that makes me feel happy.
- I trust my journey.
- I take care of my health and staying healthy is an important goal for me.
- My body is accepting my baby and my pregnancy will end with the safe birth of a healthy baby.
- I am happy and excited about my pregnancy and I’m looking forward to a calm, quiet, and beautiful birth.
- I believe in myself and my natural ability to give birth easily, peacefully, and in comfort.
- I assertively use my voice to express what I want and need and to say no when I’m uncomfortable.
- I am strong, courageous, confident, and resilient enough to face this pregnancy.
- My body knows how to nourishes my baby perfectly every day,
- I am just who & what my baby needs.
- I am deserving of Kindness and compassion.
- I believe in my dreams, myself and all that I am.
- I love myself for who I am.
- I am enough.
- I am full of energy and optimism.
- I am ready to find joy today.
- I am worth it.
- I will be present. I will be positive.
- I possess the qualities I need to succeed.
- I feel comfortable asking others for help.
- My life is a blessing.
- My health is my priority.
- I am making myself proud.
- I am grateful for each moment with my family.
- I know that I have everything I need within myself.
- My dreams are important to me.
- I appreciate all that I do.
- As I focus on compassion, I naturally relate to others with love and understanding.
- I realize the gift of this precious human life.
- I am evolving into a person who loves myself more.
Which affirmation did you connect with? Please Comment!