Pregnancy is an amazing journey that brings about such a rollercoaster of emotions; such as joy, excitement, worry and fear. Meditation during pregnancy can help mums-to-be shift out of the body’s “fight-or-flight” response by lowering cortisol levels and re-engaging the body’s parasympathetic nervous system. This not only helps to reduce stress but also leaves women feeling much calmer, centred and more relaxed throughout their pregnancy, which is incredibly beneficial for the growth and development of their baby.
Benefits of meditating during pregnancy:
Meditation is most beneficial when practised daily, however, mums and mums-to-be are notoriously busy so 3-5 times per week is a more realistic goal to work towards. It doesn’t have to be a long meditation to be beneficial either; my motto for all of my students, especially mothers, is to practice ‘small amounts, consistently’.
For those who are new to meditating, here are a few tips…
Meditating during pregnancy vs everyday meditation
You can still practice the same types of meditation during pregnancy that you would every day, however, your practice changes as your pregnancy progresses.
In early pregnancy, students may struggle to find a state of calmness and peace while they’re feeling nauseous or worried about the risk factors associated with the first trimester. In the second trimester, it becomes easier to meditate comfortably again but by this point, mums-to-be will start to feel movements and kicks from their baby, so this becomes an added source of distraction to work with. By the third trimester, many women are incredibly uncomfortable in their bodies and are nervous about the upcoming delivery and the changes that arise with a new baby. They might even be so tired that they struggle to stay awake during a meditation practice.
These are all totally normal challenges to work with during pregnancy so it’s important not to let them deter you from your practice.
From a psychological perspective, matrescence, the process of pregnancy and new motherhood is a profound developmental stage in a woman’s life. This phase of life is filled with so many physical, social, emotional and hormonal changes and women often don’t receive the level of empowerment, support and guidance that they need. I’m so excited that KICBUMP will do just that, while also fostering a beautiful sense of community and connection for women as they become mothers.
It was an absolute pleasure sharing my birth story with the incredible Sophie from Australian Birth Stories ? Whilst my birth didn’t go how I envisioned or how I ‘planned’ – I’m so incredibly grateful for the whole experience and thankful that Harvey and I were A-Okay ?
A message to new mummas out there. These are things that I’m having to regularly remind myself of atm, so I thought ‘d share them with you.
Postnatal Pilates is a supportive practise to help you reconnect with your body. Our KICBUMP program will help you restore your core and pelvic floor from the deepest muscle layers out, and rebuild your strength from head to toe with graduated supportive movements.