Visualisation is defined in the dictionary as “the act of visualising something or someone” or “forming a picture of it in your mind”. In other words, it’s about tapping into the power of your brain to help bring about your wants and desires to life. Sounds pretty great right, but what does this have to do with getting pregnant? Well, whilst you can’t simply think yourself pregnant you (and your brain) have a lot more control over this than you think you do.

Oprah Winfrey once said “anything you can imagine you can create.” And guess what, she was right. I know it may sound unbelievable but as behaviour change tools go, this one works like magic when you understand how to use it.

So what do I mean when I say visualisation? Do I just think of a baby or imagine myself at my 12 week scan? Well, not quite. There are many ways to use visualisation which include:

  • Making a vision board
  • Using positive affirmations
  • Scripting
  • Meditation

but the key to its success is the emotional piece that sits behind it. Once you have an idea of what you want you need to feel into the imagery. Connect your senses to your desired outcome and really experience it as if it were already happening.

I realise this can sound pretty abstract so let’s explore an example together: You want to go on holiday to the Maldives. Ok, so you’ve planted the seed in your brain and you’re really committed to that being what you want. You then decide to make a vision board (great!). The next step is to find ways to bring the emotions of the person who is already on holiday at the Maldives to you to bring that vision to life. Ways to do this include asking yourself: How does the sun feel on your skin? What does the air smell like? What clothes are you wearing and how do they feel against your skin? What does the water look like? What are you eating? How does the sand feel between your toes? What emotions do you feel as you walk across the beach? Do you see where I’m going with this?

However you use visualisation the important thing is consistency. Practicing this regularly to really connect with your vision helps to cement your desire or goal into your brain’s programming. And here is the really mind-blowing thing: our subconscious brain doesn’t know the difference between what is fact and what is imagined. By doing this regularly you start to re-wire your brain in your favour. You start to think differently, which then changes what you think is possible (your beliefs) and that in turns informs how you show up and behave day to day.

“However you use visualisation the important thing is consistency.”

Bringing it back to fertility this might look like enhancing your motivation which increases your confidence in your ability to show up for yourself and make the changes your body needs to help it get pregnant e.g. eating less junk food, drinking fewer units of wine, actually doing that exercise class or taking your supplements regularly… which then results in your chances of conceiving increasing.

Think of it like this: by conditioning our brains to see, hear, and feel our successes in our mind we are super boosting all of the other great work you’re putting in e.g. eating healthier or getting more sleep. It’s something I invite my clients to practice alongside the tangible actions like eating more fatty acids or getting their blood tested for imbalances. It is the combination of these actions over time is what makes the difference

If you’re still on the fence about this perhaps it will provide some reassurance that visualisation isn’t as out there as you think. It’s been used by athletes, CEOs and even celebrities for decades to achieve their goals. I referenced Oprah at the outset but Muhammad Ali’s famous quote “If my mind can conceive it and my heart can believe it – then I can achieve it” is another example and we all know the story about Jim Carrey writing himself a cheque for $10 million and dating it ten years in the future before he was famous. Ten years later he was paid…you guessed it, $10 million for Dumb and Dumber.

If you’re curious about how my blend of alternative practices alongside traditional Nutritional Therapy support could help you get pregnant then why not book in for a free support session HERE. I’m looking forward to hearing from you.