Congratulations! You are pregnant and about to embark on the most exciting journey of your life. Prepare yourself as it can be a bit of a wild ride. Pregnancy and new parent-hood is often a bit of a roller-coaster trip. Get ready for some of the most exhilarating and terrifying moments of your life.
Starting a family can be a wonderful, yet massive, change in your life and work routine. Especially when it’s your first child, there are many decisions to be made and things to prepare on a practical level. How will you organize your new work schedule now that you have this new addition to think about? What will be the best choice for a school? What colour will you paint the baby’s room? What will your birth plan look like? Although exciting, all of these decisions and preparations can be quite overwhelming in the short nine months that you have to prepare.
Additionally, as you work to optimize your internal environment for the growing foetus, you may decide to eat a healthier diet, eliminate toxins and start to take the best vitamin supplements available.
As you make all of these preparations, take a moment to consider the emotional and energetic environment that you are creating for your un-born child. All of this change and running about holds the potential to create stress and negative thoughts. Anxiety causes cortisol and adrenaline to increase in your body – in large doses, these toxic hormones can be quite damaging to you and your baby’s health.
Stress and anxiety during pregnancy may:
- Cause a lower birth weight
- Increase the complications of labour
- In some cases lead to premature labour
- Create the need for more prescription medication
- Increase the perception of pain during labour
How to Relieve Stress During Pregnancy
In your endeavour to create the perfect environment for your un-born child, perhaps you’ll want to consider adding meditation to your routine. It’s a simple practice that will benefit both you and your baby.
As a mother meditates, she relaxes and creates higher levels of health and growth promoting hormones in her system, such as DHE (dehydroepiandrosterone) and “mood-enhancing” endorphins.
She may pass these on to her unborn baby through the placenta. With a daily meditation practice, a mother may notice several psychological benefits that can be conveyed to both her and her baby.