Meditation is the dissolver of stress and worry. It benefits your baby by creating positive endorphins that calm the baby and flood it’s developing nervous system with happy hormones. Meditation reduces your body’s stress load. It helps you fight off colds and infections. It will also prepare you to deal with the sensations of labor. Meditation is also a powerful way to connect with your baby during pregnancy.
Meditation is a cornerstone of the Aphrodite Project. It produces many health and destressing benefits to mom and baby with very little effort and no cost. You need only 10 minutes a day.
How to meditate:
You can meditate anywhere and in any position. Begin by being aware of your breath. Do not worry about your thoughts - let them come and go as they please. Focus on your breath. Place one hand on your heart and another on your belly.
Take a moment and focus on your baby. Send love from your heart to your baby - sometimes it helps to see a white light connecting your heart to the baby.
Now with each breath, say in your mind or out loud.
“My body is strong. My baby is growing strong.”
Allow the words to sink in. Feel them strengthening you and your baby.
Continue this for five or ten minutes. When you are done think of three things you are thankful for in your life. Well done!
Julia Erickson, the founder of Aphrodite Project, is a wellness authority who uses food, meditation, and movement to create extraordinary health and wellness. Julia's practice is focused on helping women thrive and heal from chronic disease. She is also mother of seven.