Thursday, January 12, 2012

Pregnancy Meditation

I wrote about meditating during this pregnancy during my Pregnancy Post last week. But I thought that meditation has become such an important part of my pregnancy, that I should dedicate a whole post to my practices. Currently, I meditate once a day with my Buddhist books. This is good and gives me an open mind to the ways of the world and how life works but I have been desiring something more.

Like an actual connection with Baby.

There is a wonderful book I have found about that does this called Meditations for Pregnancy: 36 Weekly Practices for Bonding with your Unborn Baby.


I am saving up to buy this book, but am obsessed with finding out as much as I can about it right now lol. I was able to view part of the book on Amazon, and found this AWESOME mantra for your fifth week of pregnancy. Apparently they have a mantra for every week that has to do with you and baby! So cool!

"Like my own miraculous spine, I can be flexible but strong. I can accept the changes in my body and rejoice in the new life that grows through these changes. Today I ask for flexibilty to allow this miracle."

I will continue to meditate with my Buddhist books for now, but once a week I want to try a visualization meditation and practice that for labor and birth. It works on the basis that if you visualize meeting Baby and visualize the contractions as simply messages from Baby that it is coming. It is supposed to really help with labor pains and I am all about trying it this time around! Of course this early in my pregnancy I will not be practicing the contraction part, but I will be "meeting" with Baby on a weekly basis!

I encourage other pregnant mamas to try out meditation as well, even if it is only for ten minutes a day. Meditation during pregnancy is proven to help produce more endorphins that relieve pain, increases production of DHEA or dehydroepiandrosterone which stimulates the production of T and B lymphocytes (a fancy way of saying it helps your immune system lol), lowers the amount of adernalin and cortisol in your body, increases your melotonin level which helps you sleep, prevents pre-eclampsia by lowering your blood pressure, increases milk production and helps prevent postpartum depression and anxiety. And that is just the physical aspect! Think of all the mental good stuff it does for you too!

I don't want to bore anyone with step by step on how to meditate, during pregnancy or not, but if anyone is interested please comment on this post and I will gladly help out.


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