A healthy body before, during and after pregnancy is essential for the well-being and development of your healthy baby. But how about your spirit, your psychological well-being, your mental state? It is as vital for the wellness of both mom and baby during (and after) pregnancy. How does a mom-to-be achieve that piece of mind? Meditation, research says.
Recent studies show that mindfulness meditation can help women manage pregnancy-related stress, help prevent preterm birth, and help them cope with the fears of childbirth. This article explains the positive effects of prenatal meditation in three correlated aspects:
Meditation Promotes a Healthier Birth Process
- Decreases risk of premature birth
- Boosts Immunity
- Helps deal with childbirth fears
- A method for labor pain relief
- Helps manage symptoms of insomnia
The Emotional Benefits
- Decreases risk of prenatal depression and anxiety
- Lowers the level of the stress hormone Cortisol
- Helps women cope with uncertainty
- Regulates emotions
- Helps cope with stress
Physical and Emotional Benefits In the Post-Partum Period
- Improves Sleep Quality for New Parents
- Increases Milk Production
- Enhances Stress Tolerance
- Increases Parental Well-being, thus, increasing positive interactions between new parents and their babies
In the article below you can read more about these science-based benefits of meditation.
BY DR. JULI FRAGA photo: melancholie photocase.com There’s nothing quite as profound as the journey toward motherhood. Over the course of nine months, a woman’s body undergoes countless physical transformations-her belly expands to make space for her growing baby, her breasts change as they prepare to make milk after delivery, and her ligaments soften to prepare for giving birth.