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EFT for nausea and discomfort from pregnancy

Important Note: This article was written prior to 2010 and is now outdated. Please use my newest advancement, Optimal EFT. It is more efficient, more powerful and clearly explained in my free e-book, The Unseen Therapist™.  Best wishes, Gary

Note: This article assumes you have a working knowledge of EFT. Newcomers can still learn from it but are advised to peruse our Free Gold Standard (Official) EFT Tutorial™ for a more complete understanding.

Hi Everyone,

We have had many reports over the years regarding relief from pregnancy issues and Annie Bathgate's gives yet more reinforcement. However, there is a difference of opinion on using EFT for pregnancy issues that you can read here.

Hugs, Gary

By Annie Bathgate

A client contacted me for EFT phone sessions after discovering she was pregnant. "Beth" wished to remain anonymous but was happy for me to share her story with others. In the beginning of her pregnancy, she was having significant breast tenderness as well as nausea symptoms.  She wondered if EFT would be helpful and safe for her symptoms.  I encouraged her that it was worth looking into, especially if she is trying to stay away from taking pain medication during her pregnancy.

First we looked at her issue of pain in her breasts.  She described the pain as aching and at times "needle sharp".  When asked how painful it is on a scale of 0 to 10, she rated it about an 8 currently, sometimes as bad as a 10.  We discussed her issues a bit more, how she feels about being a first time mother, how her husband and she planned this pregnancy and how easy it was for her to become pregnant while other women struggle for years.  We tapped on the following issues, since she had lots of feelings up.  I asked her level of discomfort on the following statements, which ranged from 6-9. I typically do not use the ankle point that some have said has contra-indications with pregnancy.

Even though my breasts hurt…

Even though my nipples are tender…

Even though I'm scared of being a mother…

Even though I'm scared I won't be a good mother…

Even though I feel guilty that it was so easy to become pregnant…

We tapped on each of these statements until they were each down to a 1 or 0 on a scale of 0 to 10.  After tapping, I asked how her breast tenderness was.  She said the pain was down to a 2 out of 10.  I encouraged her to continue tapping daily with the statements above.

GC COMMENT:  Often we can just tap on the symptoms such as "Even though my breasts hurt..." and "Even though my nipples are tender...." and get good results.  This will likely be the case if the cause of the discomfort is physically based such as from an accident or, in this case, pregnancy.  If there are underlying emotional causes then the last 3 examples given above can be worthwhile entry points.  If this does the job then fine.  If not, then getting to Specific Events and using the Personal Peace Procedure can take you deeper into the causes.  See Uncovering Specific Events - An Essential Concept Within the EFT Tapping Process and The EFT Personal Peace Procedure.

Next we looked at her nausea issue.  She noticed that the nausea started around 11am and stopped around 2pm.  I asked her how uncomfortable it was, on a scale of 0 to 10.  She said during that time period that it can get to a 7.  We tapped on the following statements, even though she didn't have any nausea during our session time:

Even though I feel nauseous between 11am and 2pm…

Even though I'm nervous that I'll feel nauseous today…

GC COMMENT:  I have the same comments here as above.  Typically aiming EFT at the symptoms here (nausea) was enough to do the job.  Otherwise, more in-depth work would be in order.  See The Gold Standard (Official) EFT Tapping Tutorial.

Beth promised to keep me updated on her progress with her breast tenderness and nausea, but said she was feeling very relaxed and hopeful at the end of our phone session.  She called me a week later, after her first visit with her doctor. The doctor was pleased with her progress and said her pregnancy was normal and she was progressing well.

She was excited.  She has had minimal nausea and the breast discomfort has stayed below a 2.  Everything looked great according to the doctor and she even got to see her baby's heartbeat on the ultrasound.  She set up future appointments with me as new symptoms emerge with her pregnancy, as well as preparing her mentally and emotionally for her labor and delivery.

Annie Bathgate


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