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A blog by Dr. John Zhang, New Hope Fertility, March 22, 2016

Your health and the health of your growing baby are the most important things while you’re pregnant. Despite all of the changes to your body, both mentally and physically, you want to be at your healthiest in order to provide the best environment and start for your baby. To help cope with the physical changes of pregnancy, consider meditation. Meditation has been proven to positively impact both your mind and body during pregnancy.

Benefits of Pregnant Women and Meditation
There are many benefits of meditation during pregnancy:

  • Meditation Reduces Stress
    Pregnancy is a wonderful time of your life, as your child grows inside you. However, not all pregnancies are easy and stress and anxiety are a normal part of pregnancy. Too much stress or being anxious for long periods of time can negatively impact your health and your baby’s health. Some doctors believe that being stressed for an extended period of time can have lasting effects on your child. Meditation can holistically reduce stress and can be done anywhere, at a moment’s notice.
  • Meditation Can Eliminate Cravings
    Cravings are a normal part of pregnancy. But when a woman is craving unhealthy things, it can be difficult to resist those cravings in order to continue to be healthy. Meditation can be used to effectively address those cravings in order to make healthier choices for both you and your child.
  • Meditation Can Improve Sleep
    Getting adequate rest is crucial for both you and your developing baby. In fact, many women try to get as much sleep as they can, knowing that sleepless nights are in their future. Unfortunately, changes in your body, difficulty becoming comfortable, multiple trips to the bathroom or a baby who is extremely active at night can thwart those plans. Research has shown that meditation can improve sleep during pregnancy. The impact of adequate sleep can ripple through other areas of your life as your mood and level of energy will improve with adequate rest.

While you're pregnant is the ideal time to start meditating, even if you’ve never done it before. Simple methods like focusing on an object or controlling your breathing can make a significant impact on your pregnancy.

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