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We shared about the benefits of prenatal Yoga recently. In this post, we will share the benefits of prenatal meditation.
Did you know that supplementing your yoga routine with meditation can help you to stay mindful and calm throughout your pregnancy? Meditating during pregnancy has a positive impact on you and your baby. Here are some ways meditation can benefit you:
Pregnancy turns your focus inwardeditation not only helps you to become more in-tune with the changes to your body, it also helps increase your tolerance to pain. Labor and childbirth are reportedly the most painful experiences in a woman’s life. Research has also shown that meditation can train your mind to reduce pain! A 2001 study by Wake Forest University on 78 volunteers found that with just four days of meditation training, subjects were able to handle their pain better – that is 27% better than the control group!. When you meditate, your body releases endorphins and dopamines, chemicals that are responsible for pleasurable feelings. Hence, meditation acts as your natural anesthetic and is extremely useful during labor!
. Pregnant mothers are often advised to stay in a calm state not only for their health, but also for the baby’s state of mind. Research has shown that mothers with high blood pressure and hypertension can increase the risk of preeclampsia and preterm brain damage in their babies!
Meditation helps to keep you calm and in control of your emotions that might arise as a result of changes in your hormones and body. In fact, meditation will also help the pregnant mom to connect with her unborn baby and send positive vibes through positive thoughts. A study by the Vivekananda Yoga Research Foundation in India revealed that pregnant women who practice daily yoga and meditation greatly improved the health of their babies after birth.
Pregnancy would a great time to get rid of bad habits like smoking and drinking alcohol as these habits may have dire consequences on your baby’s physical and mental development. Killing the craving for that cigarette or not having another glass of wine can be challenging. Meditation helps to strengthen your mind to make sure you stay away from what’s not going to you and your baby any good. Once again, the ‘feel good’ chemicals from meditation can help to control your cravings.
These are just some of the benefits meditation can benefit the pregnant mom. You can easily supplement your exercise routines with simple guided meditations available on iTunes podcasts, YouTube or the App Store.
If you have not tried yoga or meditation,Cryoviva’s Mamaste 3 event this Saturday is a good start. You will learn the basics of doing yoga during pregnancy and maybe pick up more tips on meditation. Here are the details: https://www.facebook.com/events/212343949594582/
If you are unable to join Mamaste this weekend, look for other upcoming events here: https://www.facebook.com/events/