What is pregnancy meditation? Is it possible to learn how to meditate and get pregnant? Learn how pregnancy meditation can help you conceive a baby without spending money on fertility supplements or treatments! Meditating can help your health in many other ways as well, which these tips will reveal.
Before the tips, a quip….
“The discipline of meditation allows you to sit like a mountain with all kinds of weather passing overhead – storms, sun, wind, rain. Nothing that is thrown up causes a great reaction; you are just aware of the passing weather. The mountain remains firm and solid and steady, not rocked by the changes that happen all around.” ~ Jane Hope.
Contrary to popular notions, meditation is not about stopping your thoughts. Rather, meditation – whether you’re meditating to get pregnant or not – is about taking your thoughts out of the driver’s seat. Pregnancy meditation doesn’t cut you off from the world. In fact, it improves your ability to notice what is actually going on around you.
Here’s how to meditating to get pregnant works…
How Can Pregnancy Meditation Help?
Research is divided on whether stress interferes with getting pregnant, but stress certainly makes life harder! And that alone makes conceiving a baby less likely. In any case, knowing how to meditate can help you get pregnant – and will certainly relax you.
Couples who are trying to get pregnant will find meditation increases their ability to connect and be sensitive to each other’s needs and wishes. When you’re trying to get pregnant, you can get so focused on the goal that you lose contact with the person right here with you, right now. That not only increases stress, it also puts a strain on your relationship.
Meditation leads to a whole host of health benefits, including lower blood pressure and a more efficient use of oxygen by the body, according to research by Dr. Herbert Benson, author of Relaxation Revolution: Enhancing Your Personal Health Through the Science and Genetics of Mind Body Healing. In fact, a study by Dr. Benson’s team found that a program for infertile women based on the relaxation response led to “decreases in anxiety, depression, and fatigue as well as increases in vigor.” Along with those benefits, the same study found that 34% of participants became pregnant within 6 months of completing the program. Talk about a win/win situation!
How Mind/Body Medicine Affects Getting Pregnant
The Relaxation Response refers to the opposite of the fight-or-flight response. It involves repeating a simple one-syllable word (such as “One”) with each exhaled breath for 10 to 20 minutes. Jon Kabat-Zinn, the founding director of the Stress Reduction Clinic and the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, describes a similar approach in Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life.
Guided Meditation for Pregnancy
Some people have trouble with mantra meditation or any other type of quiet meditation, either getting restless or falling asleep. In that case, try one of the many guided meditations out there. Guided meditation involves someone talking you through a mental scene, often accompanied by music. The narrator will suggest various things to imagine–sights, sounds, even smells and tastes–and then perhaps lead you to a time of quiet. If you want to try guided meditation for pregnancy, you can find them online or get on CD, such as Guided Meditations for Calmness, Awareness, and Love.
Short Flow-of-life Meditations
In addition, short meditations scattered throughout the day can help to develop mindfulness and bring you back to the present moment. These pregnancy meditations are especially important for those folks who believe they just can’t carve out even 10 minutes for sitting still. You can find many suggestions in a book called The Three Minute Meditator: Reduce Stress. Control Fear. Diminish Anger. In Almost No Time at All. Anywhere. Anytime by David Harp.
For instance, when you walk from your home to your car, notice how many steps you take on each in-breath and each out-breath. Don’t try to control your breathing – just notice. Counting the total steps “works,” but just counting the three to five steps you likely take on each in-breath or out-breath is likelier to keep you in the moment instead of pursing a goal. If you lose track of a count, don’t worry, just start counting again.
Using Everyday Events as a Pregnancy Meditation
When you are waiting for a doctor’s appointment, sit with your eyes focused on a spot a few feet in front of you and simply note all the different sounds you can hear. “Noting” is a common mindfulness practice in which you label the sound and then move on. “Baby crying,” “air conditioner,” “phone ringing,” etc. Learning how to relax when you’re trying to get pregnant is just as important as tracking your fertility.
Thich Nhat Hahn, a Vietnamese Buddhist monk, teaches meditation students to use everyday events as reminders to stop and return to present moment awareness. For example, when the telephone rings, stop what you’re doing, smile, and take one mindful breath (i.e., pay full attention to the in-breath and out-breath) before answering the telephone.
These tips will get you started with pregnancy meditation, and hopefully help you get pregnant quicker than a bunny!
You may also be interested in Praying for a Baby? 4 Steps to Pregnancy Prayer for Couples — because prayer and meditation are similar.
How you tried to meditate and get pregnant? Your comments are welcome below…
Written by Donn King, a writer and college professor from Knoxville, Tennessee. Learn more about him at donnellking.com or follow him on Twitter (and maybe learn more about his special needs daughter at TrisomyKidsAreSpecial.com).
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Donn also wrote Too Old to Have a Baby? Signs It’s a Good Time to Get Pregnant, here on Quips & Tips for Couples Coping With Infertility.