06 Mar 5 Prenatal Meditation Styles For Mommies!
It doesn’t matter if you’ve never experienced prenatal mindfulness before, or if you’ve only done this outside of pregnancy, these tips are going to change your life! All mothers want to live in a peaceful home and create the same home for their precious baby inside, but there is A LOT to do in 9 months! Everything ranging from mentally preparing to become an actual mom to picking out a good OB-GYN, to buying diapers to fixing the nursery – IS STRESSFUL AT TIMES!
So, get ready to say om at home with these 5 calming prenatal mindfulness techniques that will leave you feeling so much more relaxed around and outside the house!
Number 1: Let your hands touch your belly, gently cradling your baby. What sensations do you feel beneath your hands? Observe every sensation like movement or warmth. Now, breathe in and out slowly. Don’t try to fight any thoughts that come up, simply be one with your baby. If any more thoughts arise, pretend they are like a leaf floating away in the wind. Do this for 5 minutes every day and gradually add more minutes to this routine each week.
Number 2: A good way to keep up with labor pain is to visualize a wave. Meditation, when combined with mental imagery is a strong tool for combating pain. Visualize a wave at its peak of intensity and then let it slowly come down! When your contraction rises, so does the wave and when the wave goes down, so does the pain. The less you fight the wave, the more relaxed you will be!
Number 3: I’m sure most of us speak to our consciousness or body silently. We all think in silence and communicate to ourselves in silence! Sometimes we even encourage ourselves! There is a lot of power in self-encouragement. The power of believing something when we say it, helps to train the mind to push past challenges. It makes people run faster, lift heavier, and think better! Similarly, you can talk to encourage yourself by choosing a mantra like ” Put your big girls pants on, we have to stay strong for the baby” This can be very useful during mental and physical challenges during pregnancy!
Number 4: The sacred lotus flower is a sign of openness! Breathe in and visualize a beautiful opening lotus with every contraction. Imagine that your cervix is a beautiful blossoming flower. Use the mantra “Open, Open, Open” as you get ready to bring the light of your love into this world!
Number 5: Whenever you are stressed out, relax the muscles on your forehead. A lot of tension reaches an invisible space between your eyebrows called the third eye. You can gently massage this area on your forehead, as the pineal gland, which is placed there can make a huge difference. This gland produces a hormone called serotonin. which we do not like! As it affects the regulation of your wake-sleep cycle and energy levels! Become aware of the tension you build up there and be sure to relax the “third eye” for maximum calmness!
I hope this helps you! It’s the small things in life when put together create a big difference each day so don’t worry about the big problems, break them down and conquer them one by one.
Which one will you try tomorrow?
Nehita is a mindfulness expert who writes extensively on lifestyle management, wellness and ways to lead a healthier and a happier life. She is a part of Aware’s expert team on meditation. She is also an avid artist who spends most her time dribbling amazing stories through art.