Mantra is a Hindi word which means sacred message. In English, we use it to mean words which we repeat over and over to shape our thinking and outcomes. They are sacred in that they do shape how we think of things, set expectations, and very often determine outcomes.
Words are extremely powerful. I am reminded of Proverbs 18:21, “The tongue has the power of life and death.” We want our words to speak life: if what we say becomes reality, we only want to say what we want to be. So our words are the sacred messages of what we want to be. That is a mantra.
While we are pregnant and beyond pregnancy, we use our words to create the experience we want to have. So early on begin with your pregnancy mantras.
Likewise, begin to be aware of what you say. Do not say anything you don’t want to happen. For example, if the baby is kicking a lot say, “This baby has spunk,” or “This baby is a fighter.” Do not say, “This baby is such a pain.” If something seems not right in the pregnancy, seek medical assistance, but all the time in your internal dialogue with yourself expect the issue to be dealt with and the most positive outcome.
The key to using a mantra is to say it often and to stick with it for at least a week or more:
I am grateful for myself and my baby
My body is strong. My baby is growing stronger every day.
I am mindful of everything I put in my body to nourish me and my baby.
I believe in myself. I know how to do this.
My baby is safe inside me.
All things are working for me.
I love myself. I love my baby.
Baby, I welcome you.
I trust my body. I trust my wisdom.
I am connected to all my ancestors who birthed before me. They surround me and help me.
I allow myself rest.
I accept all my emotions
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.