How to be Mindful During Pregnancy and After Childbirth

It’s an understatement to say that the physical changes that occur in a woman’s body during pregnancy are drastic. But the unseen changes on the way to motherhood are in the same way highly significant.

The months before giving birth offers a mother an avenue for extensive personal enhancement. It’s a chance for her to be more connected to her body so she can prepare for the difficulties of labor and giving birth, and a chance to determine the nature of relationship she wants to establish between her and the baby.

Below are some tips for mothers to make the most of their time while waiting to pop:

  1. Allot time each day to connect with your baby and value the incomparable experience that your body is going through. Let go of your worries and exercise being completely present in the moment – a highly advantageous practice that will help you delight in your motherhood experience even more. 
  2. Meditate on the miracle that has been happening within your body since Day 1. If you have never felt any appreciation for your body before then this is the time you should start doing so. It would also help to adopt birth activist Karen Brody’s pregnancy mantra as your own: “My body rocks!”
  3. Connect with mothers who have gone through your experience before. Seek advice from moms who have gone the same way ahead of you.  Ask them for their best opinion about what you’re currently experiencing and what you are about to face, including recommendations for the best mom support groups, the most valuable community resources, and the most reliable information sources.
  4. Be teachable. Adopt a mindset that is open to learning. Acknowledge the fact that you still have a lot to learn in your journey. Be hungry for fresh knowledge about childbirth, babies, and motherhood.
  5. Observe mindfulness. Consider what being mindful really means and integrate it into your life as an expectant mother, and eventually a full-fledged one.  Mindfulness entails:
  • Being completely aware of the present;
  • Setting realistic expectations from yourself and others;
  • Having discernment of your own and other people’s emotional, physical, and psychological needs;
  • Managing your own emotions;
  • Being compassionate with yourself and others.