Meditation is an effective way to focus on your emotions and reconnect with the world. It can also be very helpful during pregnancy to prepare for the many changes that this time brings with it. Maricha Dumont, yoga teacher, shares her knowledge on the practice of meditation when expecting a baby.
Why meditate during pregnancy?
“Pregnancy is a wonderful moment of connection with yourself and the magic of life. Through meditation you can seize every moment,” explains Maricha Dumont. For some expectant mothers, the moments of pregnancy are the happiest of their lives. For others they are more intense, but it remains a grandiose and unforgettable experience. By meditating you find a moment to honor yourself, to honor the life that is within you. At the same time, use every breath and every shift to initiate this new reality in a mother’s life.”
The benefits of pregnant meditation
Meditation during pregnancy allows you to connect with your body and your ever-changing emotions. But not only ! You also come into contact with this little being that is growing inside you.
Meditating also helps relieve mood swings during pregnancy, anxiety, and all strong emotions in general. This creates a calm environment conducive to optimal development for you and your baby.
Other benefits to consider:
– Stress Relief (the base)
– Reduction in respiratory rate: “Pregnant women are often out of breath because 2 liters more blood has to circulate during pregnancy,” adds our expert.
– The ability to return to calm, knowing how to direct your attention and control your emotions in any situation (a superpower acquired when pregnant and when you meditate).
Which Meditation Exercises During Pregnancy?
If you decide to meditate while pregnant, here are some simple exercises: Focus on your breathing and close your eyes. Well-being guaranteed! Use your imagination, you can add something of the visualizations positive your birth, your future life as a mother and the relationship you want to have with your child. These practices are pretty and useful! They can help you refocus on yourself, identify your desires and expectations.
Where and when to meditate while pregnant?
At home, at work (if you are not yet on maternity leave), in transportation, in the waiting room… You can meditate anywhere! There are no rules. No hardware is required. “It’s just about closing your eyes and meeting everything that’s going on inside you without judgement,” explains the expert.
In terms of frequency, you can meditate as often as you want and can. If you don’t have much time, a 5-minute meditation is very beneficial.
Does Baby Feel Meditation?
The answer is yes, your baby feels everything you feel and experience. A more relaxed mother is a more relaxed baby.
Meditate while pregnant to avoid depression
Between 10 and 20% of young mothers are affected by postpartum depression. Meditation helps to cultivate a “positive attitude”, scientific studies have even proven the plasticity of the brain. For example, through positive thinking meditation, regular practitioners are more likely to be happy.
When you meditate during your pregnancy, you connect with your child before anyone else and on a different level. At the time of the meeting after the birth, the connection then becomes even easier as it has already been developed during the meditation periods. In addition, you appreciated the changes in your body during pregnancy and learned to direct your mind so that the negative thoughts caused by the physical changes after childbirth are better experienced.
There is also postpartum depression in fathers. Why not invite her to meditate and visualize positive images from the beginning of your pregnancy.
Meditate during pregnancy to give birth better
Thanks to meditations of positive visualizations of childbirth, you will have the power to react to its progression on D-Day. Being in control of your body and mind is a blessing (especially when the baby is about to be born). Through meditation, you can better control your breathing and lower your pain tolerance threshold because you know where and how to direct your mind.
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