Unlike the movies and the movie stars who seem to live a starry life, a normal life especially a pregnant one at that can be fraught with experiences of all kinds. Pregnancy and childbirth are full of beautiful experiences, a worry here and an eyebrow there. Childbirth itself can be one helluva experience for any woman. C section deliveries are usually conducted out of complications arising in pregnancy or during childbirth. It can also be a risk factor for postpartum depression. Meditation and mindfulness help to prepare you for childbirth.
Mindfulness may not give you the birth experience you want, but it helps you fall in love with the birth experience you get. Meditation helps in creating a deep level of mental rest that soothes the mother and baby during pregnancy and childbirth. Pregnancy can be made calmer by learning meditation and breathing techniques. When executed daily, meditation builds confidence and inner peace which teaches you and your baby to avoid reacting to stressful situations negatively. Meditation is the most effective way to reduce stress and anxiety which thereby promotes the immune system of the mother and the baby.
As the baby develops, at 32 weeks the placenta starts transporting hormones from the mother to the fetus. Meditation helps to decrease the production of stress hormones called cortisol and adrenaline and signals a safe environment to the fetus. This is essential as it sets the temperament of calm or anxiety in the baby.
Meditation helps produce endorphins, the pleasure hormones which prepare for childbirth owing to its pain relieving effect. Meditation helps to lower blood pressure and the heart rate reducing the risk of preeclampsia, placental abruption, miscarriage, preterm labor, and improves relationships with your loved ones. Most importantly, after childbirth meditation increases breast milk production which is essential for child growth.
Meditation before C section helps you create space for yourself. It makes you emotionally healthy and prepares you for childbirth and afterward too.
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