Thursday, May 22, 2014

My HypnoBabies Birth Story

I gave birth to a beautiful red headed little boy on April 13th 2014. This was my first pregnancy and I used HypnoBabies to have a completely natural, drug free birth. I will share my experience in this post. 

I started studying HypnoBabies using the home study course when I was five months pregnant. It is recommended that you start practicing around five months to give yourself plenty of time to absorb the positive affirmations and hypno techniques, however to anyone reading this post I would recommend that you start HypnoBabies as soon as possible... Looking back I wish I had started studying in my first trimester.

I knew from the moment I became pregnant that I wanted a drug free birth. I am terrified of needles and so epidural was not an option for me.. Not only that but I am a very health conscious person and did not want to risk harming myself or my baby with drugs. And let me tell you, I have NEVER been one to handle "pain" well... I'm completely terrified of anything painful, and so a natural childbirth seemed impossible. Everyone told me to go for the epidural.. But I was determined. When I started looking into natural birth videos, I came across HypnoBabies and once I saw how many women used this technique successfully, I knew it was the right path for me.

Now onto my labor and delivery story:
My "guess date" was April 11th. I started experiencing pressure waves around 11 A.M. on the 12th of April. At first they were very gentle and I started listening to my birthing day affirmation cd and was very calm. I even played my electric guitar with my husband to take my mind off of the pressure. My goal was to wait as long as possible before going to the hospital so that my plans for a natural birth would not be interfered with. The pressure waves became more intense and I began listening to hypnobabies scripts and going into deep hypnosis to center myself (still at home). 

My husband and birth partner was amazing and did counter pressure on my back during each pressure wave, which really helped me. At 7 P.M. the pressure waves were so intense and I felt it was time to go to the hospital. When we arrived, I could barely walk to the L&D entrance... I had to lean on my husband for support. When we arrived, I signed in and was taken to my room. Here we are around 7:30 P.M. and the nurse was taking me through hospital paperwork ... Not something I wanted to do at that moment! I sucked on a sour jolly rancher lollipop because someone told me this helps during labor... It wasn't helpful, lol!

Throughout my entire labor, which lasted 19 hours, my husband was by my side the entire time doing counter pressure, repeating hypnobabies scripts, massaging, and being there to support me. He is truly an amazing man and this experience brought us closer together!

My water had not yet broken and by 10 P.M. I was so ready to get the show on the road... I continued to listen to my hypnobabies scripts and stay in my bubble of peace. The Doctor broke my water around 11 P.M. But I was not ready to push.  

I began involuntarily pushing very shortly after my water broke, which by the way felt incredible! My body knew exactly what to do and I did not need to force pushing, my body was doing it on it's own. I pushed for over four hours apparently, but later when my husband asked me how long it felt, I told him I thought I was pushing for an hour. 

I did not experience a pain free birth with HypnoBabies, and I was very LOUD, but I was able to stay deeply in hypnosis and using my hypno anesthesia the entire time, I gave birth successfully without any medication at 4:30 AM on April 13th. Our son was 8lbs and 2oz... I felt like superwoman! 

If I could describe the feeling of contractions and pushing, I would describe it as menstrual cramps and diarrhea only 100x more intense! Yes, it was intense and the hardest thing I've ever done, but without HypnoBabies, I do not think I would have been able to cope. HypnoBabies gave me great tools that helped me during my birthing time and beyond. 

I highly recommend HypnoBabies to any mommy who desires a natural birth. You CAN do this! We were made to give birth without drugs. Empower yourself with HypnoBabies. Good Luck mamas!

MOMMY REVIEW: Dream Belly Butter

I heard about Dream Belly in a monthly baby magazine subscription during my second trimester. I was drawn to the cute pink packaging and the ingredients. Dream Belly Stretch Mark Cream is full of beautiful botanicals for your skin such as, jojoba, aloe vera, shea, vitamin e, grapefruit seed extract, cocoa butter, beeswax, sunflower, palm and olive, and rose hip seed oil.

The consistency of the butter formula is smooth and thick, where as the cream formula is a thinner consistency. The butter should be used as a night treatment, and the cream for daytime. Both formulas absorb well into the skin and left my skin feeling nourished. 

Bottom Line... does it work?! I believe the Dream Belly system reduced my potential stretch marks. I have continued to use the butter and cream postpartum and my stretch marks are barely visible now. 
I highly recommend this as it works and it has so many awesome, nourishing ingredients for your skin! DreamBelly is TOTALLY worth the price!

Thanks for reading!

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

MOMMY REVIEW: Inspired Mother Feeding Support Pillow

I gave birth a month ago to a beautiful baby boy, Luca.  I knew from the beginning of my pregnancy that I planned to breast feed. Since coming home from the hospital, breast feeding for me has not been easy. I know everyone has their own experiences, but my son really struggled with latching on and feeding. This feeding support pillow from Inspired Mother has helped me so much with positioning my son, helping him feel comfortable and supported to latch on to my breast.  The pillow is similar to those boppy pillows, so not only is this pillow wonderful for breast feeding, but I like to take a nice soft blanket and wrap it over this pillow, lay it on the floor and rest my son there for naps or just a comfy and supportive seat for him. He LOVES it!  This pillow is on sale right now at for just under $22 so I highly recommend that you check it out!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

MOMMY REVIEW: Inspired Mother Maternity Pillow

Hey Mommies!  If you're struggling with back pain or just need a really great nap, I highly recommend the Maternity Pillow from Inspired Mother! For $60, this pillow is such a must have.
Its a full body pillow and its so snuggable! The length is perfect to hug and also put between your legs for extra support. The pillow is very cushy and soft, and offers support to my aching back... within a few minutes of lying down with this pillow, my back pain vanishes like abra cadabra!

A must have for any woman who is pregnant!

Here's the specs:

  • full length body pillow
  • non allergenic material, ideal for asthma and allergy sufferers
  • 100% cotton for a soft and natural finish
  • hand stuff filling ensures support for your body and baby during pregnancy
  • pillow comes with 100% cotton pillow case and travel bag with handles to make carrying the pillow easier

 This pillow retails for $59.99 and can be purchased atDestination Maternity and

My Promise

"My Promise"

I promise to protect you, and make you feel safe.
I promise to listen to you, because your voice matters.
I promise to accept you and embrace you with open arms.
I promise to guide, teach, and show you wrong from right.
I promise to encourage and support your dreams and goals.
I promise to nurture your mind, body, spirit and soul.
I promise to let you make mistakes, and learn from them.
I promise to kiss your ouchies and make it better.
I promise to chase the monsters out from under your bed.
I promise to LOVE you with every fiber of my being (I already do.)
and I promise you that no matter how old you are, you'll always be my precious son, my prayers answered, my baby.

by Bambi Monroe Smith


The Kevel: A Pregnant Woman's BFF.

  We all love our jeans, but as our bellies grow it starts to become easier to reach for sweat pants  or maternity leggings because comfort comes first, right?! Well have no fear, kevel allows your jeans to grow with your belly so you can be comfy AND cute! This little fly tie has been a life saver for me.... I'm in my fifth month of pregnancy and I still fit in my favorite pair of blue jeans. The Kevel comes in several sizes to grow with your belly, to keep you in your jeans as long as possible! Kevel is fast and easy to use. Seriously the best invention ever made for pregnant women! Find Kevel on her website: 
and start shopping!