TRE – Pregnancy & Birth

Many women experience parts of their body shaking during pregnancy and especially during labour, birth and after birth when their body is recovering. This is their body’s natural way of releasing built-up stress, tension and trauma.

If you have learned Tension and Trauma Releasing Exercises (TRE) prior to getting pregnant and you feel comfortable and safe tremoring, then you may choose to allow your body to shake when it occurs spontaneously throughout your pregnancy and birth.

If you want to initiate the tremors using TRE while pregnant it is recommended that you do so with a certified TRE provider. Caution needs to be used to ensure that you are self-regulating and listening to your body and the signals it gives you.

If you have any complications with your pregnancy or abnormal bleeding do not initiate the tremors using TRE. Follow your Doctor’s guidance on what is a suitable exercise for you to do.

Below are some videos about TRE during pregnancy and birth. Thank you to TRE providers Nienja Brouwer and Richmond Heath for their work in this area.

Nienja Brouwer – TRE during pregnancy (6:39 mins)
Nienja Brouwer – Tremors in the womb (1:23 mins)
Richmond Heath – Post-Partum shivers and TRE for birth (33 mins)
Nienja Brouwer – Tremoring before and while giving birth: a midwife’s perspective (6:39 mins)
Nienja Brouwer – TRE for birth (4:49 mins)
David Berceli – Father and daughter form an attachment using TRE (4:37 mins)


TRE should NOT be learned during pregnancy. It is best to learn it before or after.

Over 5 million people have learnt TRE. It is taught in over 60 countries worldwide. TRE can be learned via an appointment in person or online. A minimum of 3 sessions is recommended to ensure that you have learned how to self-regulate your tremoring. You can bring a friend and share the cost! Once you have learnt how to self-regulate you can continue using TRE at home for the rest of your life as part of your self-care routine. You do not have to see a TRE provider regularly. However, you may choose to have occasional or regular sessions with a TRE provider if you want more guidance or support with your tremoring process.

TRE can also be learnt in workshops and through a free TRE online course. Please note the free online course is not suitable for:

  • Anyone with psychological/psychiatric conditions that require strict regulation
  • Anyone with fragile psychological defences
  • Anyone who has a history of complex trauma (near-death experiences, abuse, violence, major accidents, natural disasters, surgeries, severe losses, etc)
  • Anyone with physical conditions that require strict regulation
  • Anyone with physical or medical limitations.

For anyone in the above categories, it is best to consult with a TRE provider, like me, to make sure TRE is suitable for you and to teach you how to use it safely.


Below are links to more information on TRE.