Moms-to-be go through different stages of emotion during the precious nine months of pregnancy, and worry seems to be a universal emotion. We asked Renown Nurse Robin Hollen, a board-certified lactation consultant, to explain how relaxation and meditation may ease common pregnancy concerns.
The journey to childbirth is a special one, but it can also be wrought with worry.
“One way to deal with common pregnancy stressors — or plain, old hormones — is to form a mindful connection with your body, and thus your baby,” says Renown Nurse Robin Hollen, a board-certified lactation consultant. “Meditation is one way to get there.”
According to the American Heart Association, studies suggest that mediation may help reduce the risk of heart disease, lower blood pressure and benefit psychological and psychosocial outcomes.
How Meditation During Pregnancy Can Be Beneficial
Medication can be a powerful pregnancy companion and may provide:
- Better sleep
- Improved connection to your changing body
- Anxiety/stress relief
- Peace of mind
- Reduced tension
- Positive labor preparation
- Possible lower risk of postpartum depression
There are many techniques of meditation, with roots in many traditions of spiritual practice, but the key feature is of the moment-to-moment flow of the present, called mindfulness.
For information regarding meditation classes at Renown, please call 775-982-4352 or email firstname.lastname@example.org