Affirmations can be incredibly helpful during pregnancy.
If you’ve been around for a while, you may know I have a love-hate relationship with affirmations. This is because repeating sentences that you don’t believe and don’t feel good to you won’t help you. The key is to find affirmations that you believe and that feel good to you. Then it works like magic. In my membership program, Grow You, I call them “Thoughts To Borrow” so instead of affirming anything and everything, you try the thought on, see how it feels, and keep it if you like it.
The Mayo Clinic discusses how positive thinking doesn’t just mean you think positive thoughts all day long, it’s more of how you approach negativity and walk into it in a more positive way. You can read more on that here.
When you’re considering pregnancy affirmations for a healthy pregnancy, the most important part of it is to choose thoughts that really feel good for you when you repeat them. When you do this, you’ll feel better, more positive, and even healthier.
The reason affirmations (that feel good) work is because what you believe will become your reality.
For example, if you believe that pregnancy is mostly an amazing, wonderful journey, you’ll likely find evidence to prove that true, and that will be your actual experience (because you’ll ignore and downplay any evidence to the contrary). You’re always proving true what you believe.
- Related:Deliberate Thinking Vs. Positive Thinking (podcast)
30+ Positive Affirmations For A Healthy Pregnancy
Here’s a list of positive affirmations for a healthy pregnancy.
Remember affirmations are statements that feel good. Try them on. See how they feel. Keep the affirmations that feel good to you. Ditch those that don’t. Since we all have different neuropathways in our brains, what feels good to you may not be what feels good to the next person. This is why personally thinking and saying the affirmation is a great way to see how it actually feels. Then decide whether it’s an affirmation you want to use regularly to feel better. Trust your instincts.
30 Positive Affirmations For A Healthy Pregnancy:
- My body is miraculous.
- My pregnant body is beautiful.
- I trust my body.
- My baby’s birth, birth process, and birthing experience is going to be great.
- Sometimes pregnancy is horrible and that’s okay.
- Being pregnant is half amazing and half hard.
- It’s the perfect time to be pregnant.
- Growing a human is an incredible privilege.
- I am in a perfect position to be a mom.
- I’m so appreciative of this experience of being pregnant.
- When I take care of my body, I show up more fully.
- My heart is open to all of it.
- When I connect with my body and my baby, we both thrive.
- Self care and mental health are high priorities in this season of life.
- I give myself permission to feel good in this present moment for no reason at all.
- A healthy, positive pregnancy starts with listening to my body.
- When I eat healthy foods, I feel better.
- My body knows what’s best for me.
- I grow stronger every day.
- Connecting with my body and my baby is more important than my to do list.
- My body will guide me through labor and delivery.
- I can feel any negative emotion.
- I can be prepared and educated for labor and delivery, while still be open and flexible to changing plans.
- I surrender to my body and to the discomfort.
- I am strong, healthy, and capable.
- I can do hard things.
- Postpartum is a season that will make me stronger.
- It’s okay to be tired and feel negative emotion—nothing has gone wrong.
- Postpartum is as much about taking care of baby as it is about taking care of me.
- I’m the “world’s okayest mom”. [This is a personal favorite that I have on a T-shirt!]
- “Me time” isn’t selfish, it’s selfless because I show up as a better mom.
- The mornings are for me, then days are for them.
- I love that motherhood is both half mess and half amazing.
- This is my journey and I’m here for all of it.
- Nothing has gone wrong.
- How To Clear Your Mind Of Negative Thoughts (blog post)
- Living In The And (podcast)
- 3 Steps To Reduce Anxiety For Moms (free course)
4 Benefits Of Positive Affirmations During Pregnancy
When affirmations are used correctly (and you feel better when you say them), they have tremendous benefits.
Here’s a look at just how powerful they can be.
Benefit 1: Reduced stress, anxiety, and worry
When you feel better after repeating affirmations, you raise your energy, which feels really good.
This has the effect of reducing stress, anxiety, and worry because you’re focused and thinking about the good, instead of the bad.
When you think positive thoughts, you feel positive feelings, and you show up in a positive way in your life.
Benefit 2: Increased confidence
Affirmations are powerful because they can help you create a newfound confidence you wouldn’t otherwise have.
When you’re thinking thoughts that feel empowering, you increase your capabilities and ultimately your confidence.
- Building Confidence From The Inside Out (blog post)
- Self Confidence (podcast)
- Thursday Inspo (email newsletter)
Benefit 3: A more positive view of the future
When your life and body are changing so quickly during pregnancy, it can be easy to focus on the past (how your body “used to be”).
Affirmations can help you become future-focused and create a much more positive view of the future.
What you focus on expands. So, when you focus on the future, you bring it to you. In a very real way, you’ll have a more positive experience if you view the future more positively.
- How To Calm Anxiety During Pregnancy (blog post)
- Visualizing Your Future Self (podcast)
- 75 Journal Prompts For Moms (free download)
Benefit 4: Turns criticisms into self compassion
When you direct your mind, criticism can turn into self compassion.
Instead of listening to the harsh judgments, your mind has when you’re not managing it (example: “my body looks huge and horrible right now”), using positive affirmations is a way to talk back to yourself.
I call this your “Inner Critic and Inner Coach.” On default, your Inner Critic is in charge. However, you can manage your mind and use affirmations to talk back to yourself with your Inner Coach.
Your Inner Coach loves you, supports you, and has compassion for you and your entire motherhood journey.
- How To Increase Self Awareness (blog post)
- Your Inner Critic And Inner Coach (podcast)
- Grow You (membership for moms)
A Final Note!
Directing your mind using affirmations that feel good to you is an amazing way to practice intentional thinking so that you have a happier and healthier pregnancy.
This is the beauty of “thought work” — it’s working on yourself from the inside out. And if you do the work, it works.