The secret to relaxing during all the changes of pregnancy?
It could be as easy as listening to soothing messages before you fall asleep.
Whether it's your first time or your fourth, pregnancy changes everything for you - physically, mentally, emotionally. If you're pregnant, you may be dealing with
- Major nausea, aches and pains, and other physical discomfort
- Mood swings from crying because you're elated about your baby to rage because your partner left the toilet seat up, in seconds
- Fear of becoming a mother, or a mother of two (or three, or...)
That's why you need all the help you can get to stay calm and create a relaxing environment for the life growing inside you. Introducing...
Meditations for Pregnancy
Would you believe that one of the most powerful ways to create the ideal environment for your baby is listening to soothing messages as you fall asleep?
By using meditation to reduce the stress and physical discomfort you experience during pregnancy, you can have a more satisfactory, gentle birthing experience that allows you to connect and partner with your baby.
Listen to a sample of Meditation for Labor and Birth below.
Gentle mindfulness during pregnancy teaches you to accept the changes going on inside you and to trust your body (and your baby). These 3 tracks are designed to teach you to be calm and present in the moment, from those first weeks of morning sickness all the way through labor and birth. Unlike many 2-3 minute birth meditations out there, they're long enough to induce deep relaxation.
These meditations are guided by my dear friend Sharon Green, an E-RYT500 Professional Kripalu Yoga teacher and licensed massage therapist with prenatal expertise. Her passion is to share with others how to reconnect with your self and your body through the interplay between breath and movement.
These are the actual meditations I used during my pregnancy and my child's birth, and they relaxed me and prepared me when I needed it most. I can't recommend this resource enough.
You'll receive 3 audio tracks plus 2 BONUS training videos. You can download each audio track to iTunes or another program to play them nightly as you go to sleep (an excellent way to practice relaxation before the Big Day!).
Meditation for labor and birth
Contains 25 minutes of guided relaxation, perfect to listen to both before and during labor.
Yoga Nidra for pregnancy and labor
Also called "yogic sleep," this 30 minute track only asks you to lie down and listen, leaving you remarkably refreshed after the practice.
Vocal toning meditation
Use this shorter, 9 minute track to practice vocal toning, which can help with pain management during contractions!
BONUS - Vocal toning training videos
Get the most out of vocal toning by learning the hows and whys. Also shows how to practice with a birthing partner to allow baby to learn your partner's voice early.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Seriously, I just listen to these and pregnancy will be easier? That can't be right!
I get it! I was skeptical of using meditations for my first few pregancies. But after experiencing the benefits of deep relaxation and yoga nidra during my third pregnancy, I was a believer.
Plus, these audio tracks are useful for labor and birth (no matter what type of birth you have). After one medicated labor with an episiotomy (NOT fun) and a second panicked labor that was so fast that I didn't even have time for an epidural, I finally realized I needed another plan. And looking back, I wish I had used meditation for all four labors!
How are these meditations different from free things I can find on YouTube?
Well, there's a few things.
1. These meditations are written and recorded by a licensed yoga teacher with years of prenatal experience. Her training and years of helping pregnant mothers has taught her the best messages to give you during pregnancy and labor.
2. If you use these for labor, your birth partner won't need to be freaking out because you're in transition, but he's waiting for an ad to finish playing before your meditation is ready.
3. These meditations are much longer (20-30 minutes), which allows you to really "get in the zone" in a deeply relaxed state while you're in labor. Some women (including me!) even experience a semiconscious state where they're aware of a contraction happening, but they aren't in pain from it. But you simply can't get that experience from a 4 minute centering exercise.
What about other meditations/hypnosis tracks?
Between my last 2 labors, I tried a few other birthing hypnosis tracks. Some tracks were had good content, but the voice on the recording was really grating (other moms-to-be have reported this same issue). Other birthing tracks only come with a program that is hundreds of dollars. These meditations, with a silky-smooth, calming voice, are available at a fraction of the price of other products.
The sooner you get your copy, the earlier you can begin relaxing during pregnancy.
These meditations can be useful at any point of pregnancy (even if your due date is next week). Whether you're looking for a relief during first trimester morning sickness, a way to get to sleep during those long nights in the third trimester, or even support for a natural birth, these meditations will help.