5 Benefits of Meditation during Pregnancy
When I sat down to write this article, the first person who came to my mind was my friend Deepesh who is an Associate Professor at Swami Vivekanananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana. As my concepts regarding meditation are not really clear, I called him to ask about meditation. He simply told me that it is a conscious process and is a journey towards self. It is effortless in that you do not need any object to concentrate on. If you concentrate using an object, it is concentration and not meditation.
But whatever you choose to do, it may help in pregnancy. He told me some more points which are as follows-
Meditation and Mind
Regular meditation during pregnancy increases the mind’s tolerance towards pain. It makes our mind flexible and stronger. All this reflects in our bodies. This way chances of a C-section go down. You become tolerant and so can say no to epidurals.
Meditation and Anxiety
It is a well known fact that meditation trains mind and improves control over oneself. This helps in reducing stress during pregnancy as well. By meditating regularly, you bring down your stress hormones level. Level of melatonin goes up which helps in calming the mind and strengthening your immunity.
If a woman is stressed during pregnancy then the baby can have low weight at the time of birth or may even be born prematurely. Also anxiety may cause miscarriage and increase chances of birth defects.
Meditation and Pain Reduction
Regular meditation also boosts the level of endorphin hormone. This hormone is the key to less pain. More you meditate, higher will be the levels of endorphin in body. Now who wouldn’t want to go through minimal pain?
Meditation and Blood Pressure
Regular meditation helps in lowering blood pressure and keep it normal. Heart rate also becomes optimal and these improvements reduce the risk of pre-eclampsia.
Meditation and Bonding
A relaxed mind means better connection to self. It also leads to better concentration on your unborn baby. When you feel light, you naturally concentrate on your womb which makes your bond with the baby stronger.
Have you practiced meditation during pregnancy?
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