Fight Anxiousness with Pregnancy Meditation
Anxiousness, depression, and insomnia are all pregnancy symptoms which can have an effect on your mental health. You can use pregnancy meditation as a simple strategy to keep these symptoms at bay. Read on for information and advice on how meditation during pregnancy can help you feel more relaxed, confident, and connected with your baby.
The Benefits of Meditation During Pregnancy:
The mental, emotional, and physical calm that pregnancy meditation can bring you have many amazing benefits. These include:
- A lower likelihood of developing prenatal depression or postpartum depression.
- Better sleep patterns.
- A calmer, more confident attitude to birth.
- A tighter connection to your unborn baby.
Personal Meditation for Pregnancy:
Usually, when we think of meditation, we think of lighting candles and lying on yoga mats. But meditation doesn’t have to be structured. It can be as simple as closing your eyes and visualizing yourself in a calm and peaceful place. Or clearing your mind and sending loving thoughts to your baby. Find a peaceful place – many women choose to meditate in nature – and make sure you’ve got some interruption-free ahead. Here are some simple pregnancy relaxation meditation techniques you could try:
- Breathe in deeply, visualizing clear, clean air filling your body. As you breathe out, visualize all of your daily concerns and worries leaving your body.
- Place your hands on your belly and close your eyes. Visualize warmth and love flowing from your hands into your body.
- Play some soft meditation music for pregnancy and work on relaxing your whole mind and body. Lie still and begin with your toes, making yourself aware of each body part and feeling it go soft and relaxed.
- Create some positive affirmations for you and your baby and chant them inside your head. For example, “I am strong and loving and will be a wonderful mother” or, “My child will be loved and cherished and my body is giving her strength.”
Guided Meditation for Pregnancy:
If you are unsure where to start with meditating, a guided session could be the perfect place to start. A guided pregnancy meditation script usually combines soft music and a voiceover from a meditation teacher to take you through a process of relaxation, affirmations, and (sometimes) trance.
Pregnancy Meditation Classes:
If you prefer to have a real person guiding you and want to meet like-minded Moms-to-Be, you might prefer to find a pregnancy meditation class. A trained meditation teacher can also teach you how to do meditation during pregnancy techniques that you can use at home once you feel more confident. The benefit of this is that your meditation is likely to be more personalized, rather than a generic recording. Your local yoga studio or spiritual center should be able to tell you if there are classes being offered in your area.
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