The Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, has revealed that she used hypnobirthing meditation for labour pain and to cope with severe morning sickness.

While pregnant, the Duchess of Cambridge suffered from   hyperemesis gravidarum, a condition that causes weight loss, electrolyte disturbance and severe nausea.

In a podcast interview she stated that the illness made it impossible to be happy while pregnant.  She states that she tried all the different treatment options available but what ultimately helped her was “mind over body”. Specifically, she used hypnobirthing meditation for labour pain. This is one of the many  ways meditation can help with pregnancy and conception.

What Is Hypnobirthing Meditation And How Does It Help Labour Pain?

Hypnobirthing meditation is a technique that uses self hypnosis along with various relaxation techniques to help women feel mentally, physically a spiritual prepared. This method has been shown to significantly reduce the symptoms of anxiety, fear and pain during childbirth.

There are different approaches to hypnobirthing, but the majority of them include guided visualizations, positive thinking, music and relaxing words to relax the body and reduce labour pain [1].

So, does hypnobirthing actually work?

It should be noted that research into the benefits of hypnobirthing is mixed. However, some research does suggest that using hypnobirthing for labour pain can be more effective than many other techniques.

It is recommended that you talk to a healthcare provider before using hypnobirthing meditation for labour pains.

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When should I start practicing hypnobirthing?

How To Use Hypnobirthing Meditation For Labour Pain

Hypnobirthing meditation techniques vary, and it is highly recommended that you contact a healthcare professional for advice. The following tips are provided simply for educational purposes.

Controlled breathing

Hypnobirthing meditation is usually taught by a midwife. There are two major types of hypnobirth breathing techniques. The first is simply deep breathing in which we breathe in through the nose and out through the nose while counting to four on the inhalation and seven on the exhalation.

In the second hypnobirth breathing technique you continue the same breathing style as in the first exercise, but lengthen the inhalation to seven.  This triggers the parasympathetic nervous system.


Affirmations and positive thoughts are also used to increase the relaxation and help deal with fears and anxiety. For instance, the word “contraction” is replaced with “wave” or a similar word.

Guided Visualization

One of the main types of meditation in hypnobirth is a guided meditation in which you visualize something relaxing that helps your body open, for instance a flower opening. While doing this you listen to relaxing music.

When should I start hypnobirthing?

Generally classes start around the 25th week of pregnancy. However, it is usually okay to start later if you wish.


Does hypnobirthing work if you fall asleep?

There is no concrete evidence to show that falling asleep makes a big difference to the efficacy of the program. However, both hypnosis and meditation are generally considered more effective when you are awake. Therefore, it is preferable not to fall asleep during hypnobirthing.

What are the benefits of hypnobirthing?

The primary benefits of hypnobirthing is that it helps you to relax. This in turn can reduce the symptoms of fear and anxiety. Also, by triggering the parasympathetic nervous system, hypnobirthing helps with pain management.


So How Did The Duchess Of Cambridge Find Hypnobirthing For Labour Pain?

Kate Middleton tells us that what helped her most was the fact that hypnobirthing gave her a sense of control. “I saw the power of it really, the meditation and the deep breathing and things like that, that they teach you in hypnobirthing, when I was really sick, and actually I realised that this was something I could take control of, I suppose, during labour. It was hugely powerful,” she told the BBC in an interview.

The more fear and anxiety there is during pregnancy the more susceptible and reactive you will be to the pain. By helping you to relax, hypnobirthing meditation may reduce the symptoms of fear and anxiety and thereby reduce the pain.

I hope you have found this guide beneficial.

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Written by Paul Harrison

Paul Harrison is a qualified meditation teacher and writer with more than 15 years experience in meditation and mindfulness. He studied meditation in Oxford, UK, and Hamilton Ontario Canada, and earned his degree at Staffordshire University. Paul has helped thousands of people to discover their true potential through mindfulness, yoga and meditation.