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Jessica Alba Planning a HypnoBirth—So What the Heck Is That?


You are getting very sleepy pregnant…

Edging ever closer to her due date, Jessica Alba sat down with Ellen DeGeneres this week and talk immediately turned to her forthcoming stork delivery—and Alba’s slightly alternative-skewing (and unusual-sounding) birthing plan.

Namely, HypnoBirthing. And it’s not (exactly) what you think

Leave it to Ellen to cut straight to the chase:

“What is this that I heard, you’re going to be hypnotized when you give birth?”

“No, no,” Alba explained. “It’s called HypnoBirthing. So it’s not like the clock in front of your face and you go out and you wake up and you got a baby.

“Wouldn’t that be great? Sign me up. No, it’s basically my husband takes me through sort of a meditation. So he’s like saying, ‘You’re relaxed and you’re floating on clouds,’ while you’re going through labor and your contractions. He just sort of does a guided meditation. I’m just concentrating on breathing and staying relaxed because it’s when you get tense that makes the whole labor worse and more painful. That’s all it is. It’s not like a weird thing.”

And as it happens, it’s also not a new thing for the 30-year-old.

“I actually did this with Honor…it is kind of a way to relax and know that the contraction will only last for so long. You just need to concentrate on the breathing and just the sound of his voice.

“You know, normally I want to strangle him, but at that moment it’s sort of calming and wonderful.”

As for the no doubt beautiful babe that will be born into this calm, strangle-free environment, Alba said that she does not yet know the sex of the new addition. But that didn’t stop Ellen from guessing anyway.

“I guessed the first time that it was a girl and I was right,” she told her guest. “So I’m guessing it’s a boy.”

“We’ll see,” Alba said. As for when we’ll see, that too remains unclear.

Though Jessica is sporting a visible bump, she and hubby Cash Warren only announced the pregnancy in February, and did so without revealing her due date.

So that’s two surprises we have in store.





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