It is suggested that mindfulness and meditation when pregnant can protect the health and well-being of the surrogate and baby! And let’s face it, we don’t spend the whole pregnancy journey giggly and glowing. We still have our daily responsibilities, tasks, and life to run. Pregnancy doesn’t omit the stresses of everyday life, but meditation may help. So, let’s look into it!
What is Meditation?
Meditation is a technique focusing on the mind, a particular object, thought, or activity to train attention and awareness and achieve a mentally clear, emotionally calm, and stable state.
Meditation can help lower stress levels and raise spirits! It has benefits other than achieving inner peace. It’s a low-cost activity that can easily fit into your daily routine; even help you sleep. Plus, learning the practice will remain with you after pregnancy.
Meditation and mindfulness can provide tools to navigate complex emotions that wouldn’t budge, even in the face of the most reassuring friend, family member, or google search. Many apps will guide you through the meditation process. Some are geared specifically for prenatal meditation. Others focus on guided meditations to reduce stress, anxiety, help with sleep, and phobias. The practice can reduce those moments when our raging hormones get the best of us.
What is Mindfulness?
Then there is mindfulness, which is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us. Not all mindfulness involves meditation; you can also become more mindful by noticing how moods and bodily sensations fluctuate throughout the day. For example, you may find yourself in a moment where you feel exhausted and uncomfortable, not seeing that there are still happy and peaceful moments, even if a bit awkward. This type of practice can prevent us from being “mindless” and keep us present. Also, the more mindful we are, the more confident and optimistic we feel.
Mindfulness and meditation may promote healthy development.
Of course, there are many measures of healthy development in pregnancy, but there are some studies linking mindfulness and meditation to the healthy development of the baby.
To sum it up, meditation and mindfulness need to be practiced. To receive the full benefits of one or the other, you have to practice it—often. Start small and take it day by day, even on the bad days when it seems like nothing is going right; you may be surprised how it can help.
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