We all know that we live in a world of instant gratification. On top of that, we lack patience. We need everything done fast and now and, if that doesn’t happen- we stress out! One way we can all handle all this is by being “mindful” and living in the here and now!
What is mindfulness?
In the book “The Power Of Now”, Eckhart Tolle perfectly sums it up by saying “Realize deeply that the present moment is all that you have”.
Mindfulness is the act of cultivating a moment-to-moment awareness of your thoughts and your surroundings. This helps you “live in the moment”.
So, what is mindfulness pregnancy?
It is nothing but adopting mindfulness to these 280 days or 40 weeks or 9 months and not allowing your anxieties or stress get the best of you.
This makes you more aware of your baby growing inside of you along with understanding the nuances that you undergo, both emotionally and physically. All this makes you less worried about the noise in your head about the trials and tribulations if pregnancy and motherhood and keeps you in a right head space.
A study from a journal (BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth), also emphasizes the benefits of mindfulness in pregnant women as it reduces prenatal and postnatal depression.
What are the benefits of a “mindful pregnancy”?
Apart from reducing the incidence of prenatal and postnatal depression, mindfulness helps in the following ways:
- helps first-time mothers manage their fears and apprehensions
- helps manage chronic pain
- helps in the development of a healthy baby (as the mother’s mental and emotional well being is taken care of)
- helps in preparing you for labor and delivery
- helps in making you more aware of your body and understanding the changes – contractions, constipation and all
There is no denying that your pregnancy, ever since your baby’s conception (even before at times) would garner you a lot of advice – some good and some bad. To add to that you have a constant chatter in your brain – past, present and future which all make you imagine worse case scenarios where you will fail as a mother.
Take a deep breath, let it all go! It will be hard initially to move away from this madness and reach a zen-like state. But for you and your baby’s health, the more mindful and less stressed you are the better.