It’s the go-to well-wishing expression for women who are expecting, and rightly so. Having a baby is an extraordinary experience, a significant milestone in any woman’s life. It’s truly personal, deeply rooted, and one-of-a-kind. No amount of words can define it.
However, the nine-month long anticipation for the adorable bundle of joy is usually an unforgettable roller coaster ride.
Sure, there are those priceless and exciting moments of pregnancy like feeling the baby kick for the first time and watching its heartbeat on your doctor’s sonogram monitor. But let’s not forget the lows — morning sickness, insatiable cravings, senseless worrying, the blues, and all the other kinds of stress that pregnancy entails.
Aside from the baby’s health, which is the top priority, of course, soon-to-be mothers should prepare for the not-so-joyful side of pregnancy. It could affect the mother’s psyche and well-being.
To help pregnant women out, here are the two most effective meditation techniques they can use to relax, lower blood pressure, and ward off physical and emotional stress:
Lie on your back and place your feet shoulder-width apart. If your tummy has grown big and this position feels uncomfortable, lie on your side and gently clamp your thighs on a pillow for support.
With your eyes closed, breathe in and out through your nose and keep your mouth closed all the time. Pay attention to your body. Notice how your chest and stomach rise and fall. Allow your breath to fall into a deep and calm rhythm.
Once your breath is slow and steady, pause for a second after you inhale and then exhale for four counts. Inhale deeply, hold it for one second, and then exhale for four counts. Repeat this for several times or until you fall asleep.
If you have a good imagination, visualisation meditation is right for you.
Using the same position in Breathing Meditation, close your eyes and visualise a peaceful scenery – a quiet sprawling garden, a pristine beach, a clearing in a rainforest, or a breathtaking view from a summit.
Imagine yourself in that place, as if you’ve been magically transported. Use all the senses you have. Vividly “experience” all the details like the ground’s texture, the smell in the air, the sounds of your surroundings, and many more.
Let your imagination run free. Explore, discover, and stay as long as you want inside your own blissful yet calming paradise. Remember, everything is possible. It’s all between you and your imagination.