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Nothing, absolutely can even equal the excitement of feeling a life inside of you. Yes, even with all the stress, anxiety, mood swings, hormonal rush and many a times problems that it brings along, pregnancy still rocks!
As your body undergoes lot of changes, you must prepare yourself well in advance to space in all the changes comfortably.
Meditation is an integral part of yoga. Also known as "dhyana" in Sanskrit, it helps you achieve harmonious balance between your body and mind. You have to concentrate when you meditate. This is what makes it different from deep relaxation (yognidra). You can meditate during all stage of pregnancy.Think of meditation as some quiet time to breathe and connect, be aware of passing thoughts, and to clear the mind. Some say it’s finding inner peace, learning to let go, and getting in touch with yourself through breath, and through mental focus.
For some of us, it can be as simple as deep, in-and-out breaths in the bathroom, at work as you try to focus on you, your body, and the baby. You can take a class or retreat to your own special place in the house with pillows, a mat, and total silence.
What are the benefits of meditation?
Yoga experts believe that meditation helps you to:
• connect with your inner-most feelings
• focus and concentrate
• deal with mood swings
• increase self-awareness
• bond with your baby
• feel better about your changing body
• become calm and relaxed
• prepare yourself mentally for birth and beyond
Focusing on your body can help you to heighten awareness of the many changes that are happening inside you. Meditation can also help you to improve your mental focus. Both of these skills will prove invaluable when you go into labour. Doctors and scientists have studied the benefits of meditation on pregnant women and they have shown that it can help moms-to-be throughout pregnancy and especially at birth. Meditation during childbirth helps in enrichment of health during the prenatal period, to calm the pain during birth and even is beneficial in healing method during postnatal period. The regular practice of meditation and yoga during pregnancy reduce premature birth, lessens complications in the new-born baby and improve the weight of the baby. It is like that a woman can pass the benefits of meditation to the baby through the pregnant woman’s bloodstream.
Benefits of Meditation during pregnancy: -
Some of main benefits are
1. It relieves stress-
Studies show that stress during pregnancy increases the risk of miscarriage and premature delivery — and might even contribute to longer labour. When the expectant mom suffers from stress, the baby has a higher chance of having low birth weight and problems with cognitive and emotional development.
Research has repeatedly demonstrated that the meditation technique effectively relieves stress. If the person practicing it twice a day for 20 minutes happens to be pregnant, the benefits are multiplied by two.
2. It helps ensure a good night’s sleep-
Evidence is mounting that poor sleep during pregnancy can lead to adverse outcomes such as preterm birth, prenatal depression, gestational diabetes, preeclampsia, abnormal length of labour, caesarean delivery risk, and problems with the baby’s growth. Studies show that meditation practice helps to beat insomnia. By providing the necessary relaxation and stress relief, it can help the two-in-one sleep peacefully through the night.
3. It protects against high blood pressure-
High blood pressure during pregnancy is not good news. Firstly, it can lead to decreased blood flow to the placenta, leaving the baby without sufficient oxygen and nutrients. Secondly, hypertension increases the risk of placental abruption and preeclampsia — conditions which can be life threatening for both the mom and the baby. Thirdly, elevated blood pressure raises the chance of premature delivery, which is risky for the health of the child.
Blood pressure medications taken while expecting may not be completely harmless for the little one growing in the womb, but the Transcendental Meditation technique has been proven to reduce blood pressure without harmful side-effects. While every medical condition must be handled under the careful supervision of a physician, a great stress relief technique will certainly contribute positively to the process of treating hypertension.
4. It helps keep cholesterol levels under control-
High cholesterol levels are associated with difficulties getting pregnant. However, even after successful conception, elevated cholesterol levels increase the risk of complications such as pregnancy-induced elevated blood pressure. In addition, high cholesterol levels raise the probability of preterm birth or of giving birth to a baby too large for its gestational age
5. It can help manage labour pains-
Research indicates that meditation practice decreases the distress associated with the experience of acute pain — that is, physical pain is still there, yet the feeling of pain is not perceived as strongly by the mind. Even though experiments have so far been conducted in laboratory settings and not with women actually giving birth, it may be that meditators also have an easier time during labour.
6.It enhances bonding between Mother and Child-
Certain types of meditation can help women feel more connected to their babies while they are in the womb. When a woman’s mind becomes calmer and more focused, she can concentrate on her womb baby, helping her bond with the baby. A woman who provides services to pregnant women finds that women feel calmer after meditation and enjoy doing it. One woman told her that her baby moves gently “as if responding to mom’s intention.”
To conclude, most women who are pregnant are eager to do whatever they can to make sure their child gets the best possible start at life. Meditation is one of the important way to optimize both the mother’s and baby’s health and strengthen the bond between mother and child. The effects of meditation on pregnancy can have long lasting effects, not only on mother and child, but also on everyone in the family. So Keep practicing Meditation ,it is good for those who are going to become mommies and also those who have become mommies.