Mindfulness is all about focusing your attention on the “now”. This focus pays particular attention to focusing on ourselves and the world around us. it is often considered a useful meditation technique to calm the mind and address our thoughts and feelings. We can use the process to help improve our well-being and is often used during yoga and hypnobirthing classes during pregnancy.
As a new mum, both prenatal and postnatal, you can really benefit from practicing mindfulness throughout your pregnancy journey for a number of reasons including:
- Preparing the body for giving birth
- Preparing mentally for having a baby
- Reducing fears and anxieties
- Reducing depression
- Improving overall mental well-being
The techniques used in mindfulness allow you to be present and experience the present. They allow you to better manage your emotions, and can be used if you are feeling particularly overwhelmed at any time.
The journey into motherhood for a first-time mum can be a scary experience and mindfulness can be an incredibly useful tool, which is why I emphasise it during my pregnancy yoga and hypnobirthing classes.
Types of mindfulness for pregnancy
Mindfulness is all about being present and aware and can be used in a number of different ways during pregnancy.
Firstly, simple meditations are a great way to practice mindfulness no matter what stage of pregnancy you are at. You can use a basic five or ten minute meditation to help calm the mind, focus on the body and manage stress and nerves. We can use simple breathing techniques to begin with. As a more advanced student, you can include techniques like visualisation.
Yoga is another practical way for you to practice mindfulness. Yoga for pregnancy utilises yogic poses that can improve positive, reduce aches and pains and stretch the body to prepare for giving birth. As part of this practice, mindfulness can be utilised throughout the poses to concentrate on the body positions, allowing you to connect with your baby.
I generally add meditation to the end of the yoga class to improve mums wellbeing and thought process. Mindfulness meditation is a wonderful tool for expectant mums, particularly if you are thinking about having a natural birth.