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Meditation equals a healthier and happier Mama and Baby!

 Even when practiced for merely a few minutes a day, prenatal meditation has been proven to have a profound effect.  It alleviates physical discomfort, melts stress, strengthens our immune system and brings a more positive outlook to life. …And it is an amazing and safe tool to use during pregnancy with the benefits being passed through your bloodstream and emotional body to the little one growing within.

Benefits of Prenatal Meditation:

Nowhere is the concept of oneness more striking than when it comes to the connection of a pregnant woman and the baby within. A developing human being shares its mother’s body, blood and biochemistry; during the first 40 weeks of life, anything and everything that the mother experiences will also be experienced by the prenatal infant.

A mother who desires the best possible environment for the little one blossoming within her belly, takes special care to avoid harmful substances and toxic stimulants.  What she may not realize is that stress and other symptoms of daily life can also reduce her immune system, increase strain on the body and in turn affect the baby.

Your Health = Their Health

When a pregnant mother is anxious, stressed, or in a fearful state, the stress hormones released into her bloodstream cross through the placenta to the baby. Hundreds of studies have confirmed that chemicals released by the pregnant mother’s body are transported into the womb and affect the unborn baby.”

Dr. Deepak Chopra

Prenatal Meditation Helps in Medically Proven Ways:

prenatal meditation download medical iconRecent studies into fetal development provides unequivocal evidence that there is far more to meditation than simply calming the mind.  This mindful practice has also been proven to reduce levels of harmful neurological and endocrine chemicals in the body especially those produced by the mother while under stress.

  • balance the shared endocrine and nervous systems shared by mother and baby.
  • strengthen and improve the immune system efficiency in both mama and baby.
  • produce higher levels of melatonin in the bloodstream allowing for deeper easier sleep.
  • enhance the production of DHEA (hormone) which promotes optimal health and fetal development.
  • lower blood pressure and reduce anxiety.
  • increase pain tolerance (which also creates a smoother labour).
  • elevate the production of endorphins (resulting in feelings of contentment).
  • reduce the chance of postpartum depression.
  • build better coping mechanisms for stress (which will come in handy during the toddler years).

Meditation is a tool that can help you through your entire life, creating a healthier you and family environment.  It is a simple practice, especially when using guided tools such as the Belly Love CD.

A Few Quotes to Ponder:

Dr. Jackie Gardner-Nix says this of studies done during pregnancies: ”As we work with the mind, we're actually doing biochemical changes in the same way as we might think of medications doing...Our experiences with patients found significant strength of evidence that mindfulness meditations are beneficial for reducing pain severity”
Dr. Deepak Chopra states, “Stress activates the unborn child’s endocrine system and influences fetal brain development. Children born to mothers who had intensely stressful pregnancies are more likely to have behavioral problems later in life.”
Dr. Thomas Verny says: Studies show that mothers under extreme and constant stress are more likely to have babies who are premature, lower than average in weight, hyperactive, irritable, and colicky.”
Cell biologist and neuroscientist Bruce Lipton, Ph.D and celebrated author of the groundbreaking New York Times bestseller “ The Biology of Belief” writes, “When passing through the placenta, the hormones of a mother experiencing chronic stress will profoundly alter the distribution of blood flow in her fetus and change the character of her developing child’s physiology.”
Forbes Magazine shares: “Meditation brings many benefits: It refreshes us, helps us settle into what’s happening now, makes us wiser and gentler, helps us cope in a world that overloads us with information and communication, and more.”
Researcher Holly Rau, University of Utah has found that “People who reported higher levels of mindfulness described better control over their emotions and behaviors during the day. In addition, higher mindfulness was associated with lower activity at bedtime, which could have benefits for sleep quality and future ability to manage stress.”

References

  • “Magical Beginnings, Enchanted Lives: A Guide to Pregnancy and Childbirth Through Meditation, Ayurveda, and Yoga Techniques”; Deepak Chopra, M.D. et al.; 2005
  • “Meditations for Pregnancy: 36 Weekly Practices for Bonding with Your Unborn Baby”; Michelle Leclaire ONeill; 2004
  • “Guided Meditations for Pregnancy & Birth”; Michelle Roberton Jones; 2009
  • “Psychology: An Exploration”; Saundra Ciccarelli, et al.; 2011
  • “The Physical and Psychological Effects of Meditation: A Review of Contemporary Research With a Comprehensive Bibliography, 1931-1996”; Michael Murphy; 1997
  • “Meditation Practices for Health and Pregnancy: State of the Research. Evidence Report/Technology Assessment No. 155” Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Ospina, M; Bond T 2007
  • “Meditation states and traits: EEG, ERP, and neuroimaging studies”Psychological Bulletin Cahn, Rael; John Polich; 2006).
  • “Hacker & Moore’s Essentials of Obstetrics and Gynecology”; Neville Hacker, et al.; 2009