IUI tomorrow morning. I have 4 follies. I wanted more. I wanted 6 or 8. But, we got 4, so we go forth and hope for the best.
I started hypnosis. It’s a bit new agey, so if you can’t be down with new agey stuff, I’m not sure how well this would go for you. At least the hypnotherapist I am going to is fairly new agey, I can’t say if it’s all that way. I had to really force myself to be open to this because I am a skeptic, and then I heard some of the things she was saying to help bring me into hypnosis, it was a challenge to keep at it. Things like “Wisdom Center, allow her to remove obstacles from reaching her goals” – I had a bit of a hard time with it at first. But I told myself to stay open to it, and I did. I have had 2 sessions, and both were different experiences.
The first session, I was excited and interested, and then weirded out by the new age stuff. But, after just accepting that for what it is, I did relax. I heard and was aware of everything the hypnotherapist said, although afterwards I could not recall some of it. I just know for sure I did hear it and it was all in line with what I am wanting to do here in terms of weight loss and calming and stress reduction around all of the fertility stuff. I recall feeling heavy in my legs, and in my chest – a bit of a tingling feeling in the legs. Then I recall calm, and her talking- but this is the part where I don’t recall what she said, and then she said to come back up, come back to the room and open my eyes. And I know how weird this sounds, but it really did feel like coming back up into my head. The only other time I had a similar mental feeling was when I was in childbirth, natural – no meds – and I was there and aware of everything, but mentally I was not in the room until something caught my attention and it felt like mentally I was being pulled back to conscious awareness and participation in my life.
I was a bit taken aback by what a powerful experience it was, and how unexpected that was. And for the rest of the day, I was energized, rested, and I felt more mentally and emotionally buoyant.
The second session didn’t seem as easy for me. I was really distracted by a garbage truck beeping outside, hearing my phone vibrate in my bag, etc. I also had a small work crisis happening and had some difficulty getting my mind off of that. But, at the same time, when those distractions came, I could feel them pulling me mentally from a place of relaxation and quiet, to a noisier mental place. So, I would guess that it still worked. There was more guided imagery in this session than the first, and although at the time it was happening, I was certain I would recall everything she said, some of it is still hazy. The real reason I think something was working right here is because I do recall her talking about a stress free insemination, a welcoming body, a healthy pregnancy, etc. And anytime someone even mentions that about me, in my presence, I burst into tears. But I didn’t – I didn’t cry. And it wasn’t because I was biting back tears – it just didn’t happen. So, while I can’t say for sure if I was hypnotized, I am led to believe that I probably was despite the distractions and the feeling that it was a bit harder than the first time. I also left feeling more energized and light.
In terms of outcomes, it’s very hard for me to say if it’s working. I happen to be having some major intestinal issues at the same time as the hypnosis started, so I am not sure some of my restraint is attributable to the hypnosis or to the intestinal issues. Here’s what I can say: there’s a big bag of jelly beans in my pantry and I have hardly touched them. And that is unusual because I. Love. Jellybeans. But I haven’t actively had to restrain myself from eating them, I just really haven’t wanted them. When I do eat, my portion sizes have decreased significantly. And not through any effort – I’m just not so hungry and food is less of a tasty joy than before. So, maybe these are things I am seeing? I sure wish I had a clean baseline to judge from and it wasn’t happening in conjunction with the intestinal issue.
I do, however, love the process of hypnosis. I love acupuncture because it relaxes me, and the hypnotherapy appointments seem to do that at least three times better! So, I am going to keep going and see what happens next!