As is customary, each year brings a new season of fashion, food, outrageous Tiktok trends, and baby names.
I decided to take a look at the popular baby name website, Nameberry to see what their predictions are for 2022.
It was interesting to see that they have identified 7 major trends that will influence baby names in the coming year.
Bridgerton inspired names
Names with the letter R
Names that give a feeling of retro nostalgia
Euro Chic names
Names ending in an S
Names inspired by nature
Nameberry make their predictions based on American social security administration, user behaviour on their website, current events, pop culture, and several other defining factors including categories from TV, music, nature, letters, and sounds.
So, if you are expecting take a look at these name suggestions.
Baby Name Suggestions for 2022
It is believed that after the harsh pandemic months many parents may want to lighten the air and will choose playful names like Birdie or Pixi
Other suggestions are
2.Bridgerton – inspired names
It seems the ever-popular Netflix Regency Era novel adaptation – Bridgerton has proved extremely popular among future parents with name choices like :
3. The letter R
Short names that are powerful in their simplicity and strength will appeal to the parents of 2022
There has already been quite a trend of short unisex names starting with R, mostly as middle names.
4. Retro nostalgia
Much of the time what is old becomes new again and many retro names evoking happier, simpler times are making a huge comeback this year.
Old names like
5. Euro chic
Euro chic baby names appeal to the sophisticated worldwide traveler and would be comfortable anywhere from Copenhagen to Cape Town
Chic names like
6. Names ending in S
Names that end in S are quite rare and Nameberry predicts a change in this for both boys and girls.
Some examples are
With the pandemic keeping us all indoors for most of the year, it is predicted that many a wanderlust parents will draw inspiration from nature and use names like
When you are pregnant, one of the first things you will need to think about is when and how you will be giving birth.
From your first antenatal visit you will be given valuable information on how your pregnancy will progress, the first signs of labour, what to do when you are in labour and the many birthing options you can choose, in order to keep you and your baby healthy throughout your pregnancy.
You may also be given a list of pain management options, one of which is hypnobirthing.
What is Hypnobirthing?
Hypnobirthing, in short, is an educational program that uses breathing techniques and relaxation to teach self hypnosis to enhance your birthing experience and provide effective, mindful pain relief without the need for medication.
Many women who have used the hypnobirthing techniques advocate for them as they have been able to breathe effectively through contractions and have been able to avoid interventions. Hypnobirthing also allows a woman to fight the fear of childbirth, releasing emotions of joy and happiness rather than those of pain and anxiety. Taking this into consideration, it is easy to see why hypnobirthing is growing in popularity.
Putting mom in control
When it comes to labour and birth, many new moms often feel like they are not in control and may feel almost detached from the experience.
For nine months she has carried a baby, adjusted as this new life has changed her body without warning and then in her antenatal classes she has focused primarily on delivery for the new baby and how to manage the pain, without much thought to how the new mother can embrace giving birth. in contrast, hypnobirthing, teaches the new mom how to take control and be in charge of events during birth.
Hypnobirthing is also highly recommended for women who have experienced a negative or traumatic birthing experience. This allows them to feel more in control, allowing them to release any negativity or anxiety that pain medication cannot illiminate.
How does hypnobirthing work?
When you sign up for a hypnobirthing course , the content covered will often include aspects of labour and delivery that may not be covered in a more traditional antenatal course.
Topics such as:
How to reduce the need for pain relief and medication
How to reduce the need for intervention such as an episiotomy
Learning how to feel empowered throughout your delivery and in control
Learning how to have confidence and how to speak with knowledge to the medical team in a hospital setting
Dispelling the fear around childbirth
Learning to stay positive
Hypnobirthing uses self hypnosis and relaxation techniques to reduce the pain of contractions and aid in a positive and safe delivery at birth. Hypnobirthing aids in teaching a woman to have confidence in her bodies natural ability to give birth and relaxes her body and mind to a place of welcoming contractions and embracing the process of giving birth.
The benefits of hypnobirthing
There are numerous benefits to a mother using hypnobirthing during labour and delivery.
A shorter labour
Less risk for surgical or other intervention
More success in turning a breech baby
A more positive birthing experience
Emotions of elation after birth
Retaining the learned techniques for later births
Feeling empowered to choose a birthing option, type of birth and setting
Being in control of their body
Being more present during the delivery and enjoying the birth
Using the relaxation techniques at any stage, not just during labour and delivery
Although during childbirth nothing is ever assumed or guaranteed and a complication may arise leaving a mother needing an intervention or added pain relief, hypnobirthing does however equip you with the skills you need to have the calmest, most positive birthing experience.
The benefits of hypnobirthing for baby
We all know that a calm birth allows a baby to enter the world calmly and hypnobirthing assists to keep mom calm resulting in a calm, positive environment for a happy calm baby to be welcomed into.
The absence of pain relief also means that the baby is more alert and able to feed faster and more efficiently. Studies have shown that APGAR scores for a baby delivered without medication are higher as well.
Whilst I personally, have never attended a hypnobirthing class, I have had 7 vaginal births, 6 of which were without the need for pain medication because I used breathing techniques learned. One of the biggest factors in me deciding to go “drug free: was because of how not in control I felt in my first pregnancy.
With the birth of my second child I felt more in control before, during and after labour. Emotionally I was able to attach and bond to my child faster and able to get out of bed sooner to attend to him better.
With my third child, I was able to breathe through not pushing as the midwife removed the cord from around his neck during birth and with my fourth I delivered him alone, unafraid and in control thanks to my breathing techniques.
When I went into labour with my fifth child, I was taken to the hospital by a work collegue of my husband and emotionally I was increadibly anxious. By breathing and focusing on the birth, I was able to calm my own anxiety, manage the contraction pain and deliver a happy baby a few minutes after arriving at the hospital.
With my sixth child, I was able to remain calm as I found myself 10cm dialed and she had not yet descended. With controlled breathing I was able to stay focus and work with my mid wife to deliver her safely and with my youngest child I was able to correctly assess my own body to know when I was in labour after a very long and prolonged induced labour.
So, whilst doing research for this article, I was able to resonate with the moms who had chosen hypnobirthing as an option.
Giving birth should be a positive experience and which ever option you choose it should suit you. Empower yourself with the knowledge needed to make the right decision for you and your baby.