7 Hidden Benefits Of Meditation During Pregnancy
The Importance of Creating & Maintaining an Emotionally Safe Environment for Your Unborn Baby. (It’s not as difficult as you think.)
Most pregnant women are well used to the ever lengthening list of food and activities they need to avoid to ensure a healthy pregnancy and safe delivery.
An unintended side effect of this well-meaning advice is to increase stress, worry and anxiety at the very time a woman should be creating her own emotionally safe place and learning how to relax.
Until fairly recently, the emphasis was almost completely on physical health, emotional well-being was completely over looked. Happily, this situation in now changing and it has become apparent that the emotional health of a mum-to-be is vitally important both for herself and her unborn baby.
If a woman feels threatened or scared during pregnancy, that information is communicated by neurochemicals and passes through the placenta. The baby may then go into protection mode rather than healthy growth mode, this can inhibit proper brain and body development.
Excessive stress not only feels awful but it causes our cortisol levels to rise. Cortisol, also known as the stress hormone, can cross the placenta and affect the unborn baby.
High levels of cortisol not only affect the baby’s emotional health but can also affect physical maturation. Lung maturation is one area known to be affected by high levels of cortisol. As the mother of a three month premature baby I know only too well the importance of lung maturation. The maturation of a baby’s lungs can literally mean life or death!
Babies subjected to high levels of cortisol in the womb also show signs of being more affected by stress after birth. As older children and adults they can be more prone to depression and anxiety.
With this in mind, finding a way to slow down and relax isn’t a luxury, it’s a necessity and an investment in your baby’s future well-being. But how do you stop intrusive thoughts and worry? Meditation is a great place to start.
Some of the benefits of meditation during pregnancy are:-
- better sleep
- connecting to your changing body
- anxiety/stress relief
- peace of mind
- less tension
- positive labour preparation
- lower risk of postpartum depression
Traditional meditation involves stopping your thoughts or if they arise (which they always do) gently letting them go and moving back into mindfulness.
I don’t know about you, but when I am anxious, the very last thing that comes naturally to me is a peaceful, quiet mind. That’s where guided meditations can really help. Rather than trying to think about nothing, guided meditations guide you to think about positive, healthy, empowering things rather than worry.
Beyond Affirmations What Your Body Wants To Hear guided meditations validate your fear-full feelings. They are perfectly valid, you feel what you feel and are entitled to those feelings. To help you move on from those feelings, I guide you though empowering questions to gently nudge your mind away from fear and prepare it to accept the idea that you can move into a more relaxed, peaceful and loving place. These slow and gentle guided meditations will take you on a journey from worry and anxiety to deep peace, love and connection with your body and your baby.