Meditation and it’s Benefits in Pregnancy
The journey of pregnancy can be a long and difficult one. In many ways pregnancy is a solitary journey. It is impossible for anyone, your husband, your family or your friends to fully understand or appreciate what you are feeling. Most moms-to-be spend a lot of time worrying about their developing baby. Your mind is filled with questions, doubts, excitement, and worry – will I be a good mom? Will my baby be healthy? How much will labor hurt? Practicing meditation helps you cope with the demands of your own body and mind and benefits your unborn baby in a variety of important ways.
What is meditation?
Think of meditation as some quiet time to breathe and connect, be aware of passing thoughts, and to clear the mind. It is getting in touch with yourself through breath, and through mental focus. For some it can be as simple as deep, in-and-out breaths.
What are the benefits?
1. Better sleep:
Pregnancy is often a time of insomnia and wakefulness because of multiple reasons. Practicing mindfulness, meditation in the second trimester helps pregnant women to sleep better. Happy mom equals happy baby.
2. Anxiety relief:
Pregnancy is a wonderful state but it can also provoke intense anxiety due to the fear of the unknown. Extended periods of stress may have a negative impact on the unborn baby. Practicing meditation can reduce stress, and it can be done anytime, anywhere.
3. Positive labor preparation:
Fear of childbirth is normal but this fear can cause you to make decisions which can negatively affect your birth decisions. Meditation can help focus your mind which can help you to let go of negativity that surrounds the painful childbirth experience.
4. Lower risk of post-partum depression:
Depression affects up to 1 in 5 women during pregnancy. Post-partum depression is also a very common phenomenon. Meditation can help reduce symptoms of these if practiced regularly.
5. To connect with your unborn:
Meditation is a beautiful way to bond with your unborn baby. Simply sending loving thoughts to your unborn child helps build a bond that will flourish when your baby is born. Infants born to women who meditate have a better temperament at 5 months than those whose moms didn’t get into the habit of meditation.
Pregnancy is the ideal time to learn or restart meditation practice because it is going to effectively benefit you and your baby.
There are many different ways to meditate…
1. Deep breathing exercise
2. Focus on an object
3. Mantra chanting
Remember: your baby will be a work of art. It’s a piece of your mind and a slice of your heart.
Dr. Sujata Rathod
Gynecologist and Obstetrician
Currae Hospital, Thane.