Jessica Alba: How Hypnobirthing Helped Me

05/17/2011 at 03:00 PM ET

Jessica Alba is sharing her secrets — at least when it comes to motherhood.

Due with her second child this fall, Alba realizes pregnancy is “different for everyone,” but says her strong belief in hynobirthing helped her through the delivery of daughter Honor Marie, now 2½.

“I highly recommend it. It just makes you chill,” the actress, 30, told reporters at RIMOWA‘s Rodeo store opening on Monday.

“I was freaked my first time going into labor, like, ‘What if I panic? What if I just freak out and am not prepared for it?’ This just prepares you.”

And while her pregnancy has been easier the second time around as Alba knows what to expect, she admits being an expectant mama of a toddler puts its own twist on things!

“A little harder on the body,” she shares. “My daughter still wants to be picked up and ever since my belly popped she’s really on me.”

In addition to motherhood and her acting career, Alba recently added a new job to her resume: creative director of HopScout, an online sale site that offers parents daily blogs and information about kids products.

“I think the coolest part so far is I know as a mom how difficult it is to try and balance work and being a mom. We gave an opportunity to stay-at-home parents to completely work from home,” she explains, adding that in addition to their hourly salary, the company provides their parent bloggers with a computer, as well as money for groceries and their child’s tuition.

“I just love that we are encouraging and promoting parents to stay at home and raise their kids the way they want to, but they can also help provide some income which every family could use.”

Fortunately, for Honor — who celebrates her third birthday on June 7 — Alba’s work with the site has given her plenty of gift-giving ideas.

“They had a little gardening set that is really cute so we will see what she gets,” she reveals.

— Anya Leon with reporting by Patrick Gomez

FILED UNDER: Maternity , News , Parenting

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mommyof2 on

she looks really happy! She is so tiny though (in my opinion) I carried super low and huge with my second…I couldnt even wear maternity pants!

abbyc on

good for her using hypno birthing. i read the book but couldn’t get into it. i wouldn’t have needed it anyhow given baby was born in 11 minutes! jessica looks very happy.

Victoria on

Thank you, Jessica for partnering with a company that offered such an amazing opportunity. I am so grateful to stay home with my children and also be counted an asset to a company with a fantastic vision! Yay hopscout!! Follow our adventure on Twitter @miracleshppn

Appreciate on

Love hypnobirthing, yay!

Angela on

I also took Hypnobirthing classes before the birth of my first daughter. It helped so much that my husband didn’t even realize I was in labor until after she was born! He expected that I would labor really noisily, but I was completely quiet and focused. Ended up with a C-section after 24 hours of labor with no meds, but it still helped. Even not pregnant, I still use those focusing and breathing techniques when I get stressed about something.

Moore on

I used hypnobabies for my son’s birth and it was awesome. At most it was just uncomfortable but it was quick and he came out so calm. I highly recommend it. My mom still talks about how calm I was. I guess they were expecting me to be loud but it was great.

SadieA on

Angela, your husband didn’t notice you were having a c-section? Or am I reading that wrong? lol

Angela on

SadieA, he didn’t realize I was in labor.

Jillian on

Angela, how did your husband not know you were in labor until after you had the baby…..after 24 hrs and a c section?!?! What did he think was going on for those 24 hrs? Just curious,..

Angela on

He was totally clueless. I labored in a hospital bed and didn’t make a peep, and he thought it would be like the movies with lots of screaming.

Charlton G. Wilson, CHt., CCHt. on

It would be REALLY nice if you could SPELL “HYPNO-BIRTHING” properly.

It is nice to see that the practice of hypnosis and hypnotherapy are finally beginning to hit the main stream. We practitioners have known about the efficacy (effectiveness) of hypnosis/hypnotherapy for many years. So, pick up the phone and call a practitioner today. One of the main areas we can help you with is treating stress.

If you have been paying attention at all to the AMA and the major medical schools, especially here in the States, the MDs are finally admitting that the primary causal factor for nearly all sickness/illness is stress and our lack of dealing with it.

Let the professionals who know how to deal with stress help you to deal with your stress. Other names for stress: anxiety, depression, tension, tightness, bracing, poor sleep and so many other forms.

Charlton G. Wilson, CHt., CCHt.

Angela on

Charlton, the registered name is “HypnoBirthing”, not “Hypno-Birthing” as you rather curtly asserted: