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Meditation has helped guide me through my pregnancy journey. As many of you know, my husband and I had to turn to science to get pregnant. At times, I lost sight of who I was and where I was going. Almost daily, I questioned why I had willingly put my body through this as I introduced synthetic hormones and medications, causing a physical and metal change to my body. How in the world was my husband going to keep standing strong by my side and be supportive? Was it all going to be worth it in the end?
In my time of need, I turned to meditation. For those of you who meditate, I think I could end this blog now, you get it. But for those who are not yet convinced of the power of meditation, I will continue to share my experience with you.
Initially, I would pick quick 5-10 minute guided meditations from an app on my phone. I would choose a theme depending on my mood that day, anything from self-love to mindfulness. I would squeeze them in before work, while my shower water warmed up, or quickly before bed. The calming voice and music would walk me through step by step instructions on how to relax, calm my nerves and try to… I don’t know the words exactly, stop thinking.
These few minutes I spent meditating each day quickly became the only time I wasn't thinking about my fertility issues, work, money or all the other life stresses that normally take over my mind. I was feeling refreshed and started sleeping better almost immediately. I noticed a change in my mood on the days I would meditate. I was more positive overall and was able to manage my anxiety better on these days.
Some days are much easier for me to find my way into a deep meditation. Other days, I can’t seem to quiet my mind. I find it harder when I miss a few days or shorten my practice time. I haven’t perfected my techniques but I think that is part of meditation as you’re always learning, changing, and growing to allow yourself the time to reflect.
Now, meditation for me isn't always sitting cross-legged in the same spot at my alter. Meditation can be walking at the beach, listening to the waves crashing on the sand or standing in the middle of a field looking up at the sky. Meditation is the calmness of my mind and body.
This article was written by Heidi Lovens, Certified Happiest Baby on the Block Educator (CHBE), Postpartum Doula, Newborn Care Specialist and Certified Placenta Specialist based in the San Francisco Bay Area. She specializes in educating sleepless parents on the fundamentals and importance of sleep, supporting new parents with infant care, emotional and physical recovery, bonding and soothing techniques.