Meditation can significantly improve challenges that we face while being pregnant. Do you ever feel tired, depressed, or stressed? If so, then meditation can be the perfect “self-love” that you and your baby need.
Many people view meditation as a consuming ritual or a religious practice when in fact, it is a simple technique that can be done anywhere by anyone. It can be as simple as closing your eyes, taking a deep breath, and giving yourself “a moment”. Meditation is nothing more than providing yourself a way to go within to listen and honor yourself.
Meditation is an ancient practice that has been used in almost every spiritual path. It provides a way to quiet the mind and allow the soul and body to heal. It is a tool that you can use to rest and connect your body, mind, and spirit.
10 Benefits of Meditation:
1. Provides Physical Benefits to Mom and Baby
Meditation allows you to be healthy, relaxed, and remain in a state of bliss, not in worry or in fear. Even a few minutes a day can make a significant difference to your mood and overall health. Meditation has shown to significantly reduce blood pressure, heart rate, and increase immunity.
2. Reduces Stress and Anxiety
When you practice meditation, you lower stress and fears surrounding pregnancy and birth. You will be more relaxed within and baby will feel that too! You will realize more and more that everything is just the way is it supposed to and instead of trying to control everything, you learn to be in a state of allowing. You become more of a “go with the flow” person and listen to more of your intuition and inner guidance.
3. Makes Mommy and Baby Happier
When mommy is less stressed, anxious, fearful, and getting more sleep, mommy is happier. Positivity and happiness are contagious! Mom is not only sending that loving energy out and around her, but to herself and the baby within too! Spreading good vibes everywhere.
4. Connects the Mind to the Body and Baby
Anxiety, fear, worry, doubt, and stress all live in the mind. When we get out of our mind and into our hearts/body, we understand that we are “okay” at the present moment. When we are in the body, we connect to our heart and how we feel. We allow our intuition and love to guide us and are more aware of our path and our partnership with the baby inside of us.
5. Helps Bonding with Baby
This is so true and beautiful! When the mind is quiet, you can go within and have in utero communication with your baby. This is a great way to bond with your baby before birth! Don’t worry if you feel silly….nobody will know and it will soon become natural.
6. Reduces Risk of Postpartum Depression
With meditation, you are able to live moment to moment. There is no anxiety for the future or regret from the past, you are in the present and in control. This helps to increase your confidence, your self assurance, the belief in your capability, and improve your connection to yourself, others, and a higher power, while reducing stress and anxiety. Overall, you feel better, sleep better, and are better equipped to recognize and honor emotions that you are experiencing to help fight off or reduce postpartum depression.
7. Helps You Sleep Better
Meditation provides you with more energy throughout the day as well as allowing you to quiet your mind and all those racing thoughts at night. A 20 minute meditation has the same benefits to your brain as getting 2 hours of deep, restful sleep. Having trouble sleep? Find a good recorded guided meditation to listen to and fall asleep soon!
8. Increases Immunity
It improves immune function wile keeping the body in a healing (parasympathetic) state. Stress has been shown to significantly weaken the immune system and decrease inflammation. Meditation allows the mind and the body to rest and relax. Just know that a body cannot be anxious while the mind is relaxed.
9. Makes Childbirth Easier
As you are in a relaxed and meditative state, you “feel good” and release oxytocin (the love hormone). Oxytocin is what is naturally released during labor which helps labor to progress. The more oxytocin released, the quicker labor progresses, and labor is easier to manage. There is less anxiety, fear, and resistance in the body, allowing you to be present and trusting in the body to embrace your purpose.
10. Creates Happy Babies
Research shows that babies born to moms who practiced meditation are healthier and more relaxed. Here we see the full circle as a mom is feeling better, free from stress and worry, the baby feels the same. What is good for the mom, is good for the baby too! Happy mom happy…..baby?
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