Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Fear of Labor: Managing Fear of Childbirth Effectively

Doctors say, a majority of first-time moms and many experienced moms, too, can get extremely jittery, edgy and apprehensive as the pregnancy due date approaches. Even the calmest mother-to-be will experience some degree of fretfulness as the delivery draws near. Meditation during pregnancy can help alleviate some degree of eagerness, nervousness and the fear of the unknown.
Pregnancy Meditation: Preparing For Childbirth

Also, all health care practitioners advocate meditating and relaxing techniques to quell fear and angst. Meditating on a regular basis can help allay several physiological symptoms such as nausea and vomiting, anxiety and worry, trepidation, acidity, insomnia, and high blood pressure. What’s more, it helps connect with your baby and makes you empowered as a mother.

Meditation will help you focus your mind to attain peace, calm, stillness and tranquility. Meditating everyday will help you relax and prepares you better for childbirth and deliver. It releases al fears and helps you give birth with ease.

Benefits of Meditation: Pregnancy and Meditation

If you are giving birth for the first time, you may have fears about birth pains or about being a parent. If you are already a mother you may be concerned about bringing up another child. Whatever may be the case, meditation will greatly enhance your pregnancy and childbirth experience.
When you meditate, you not only calm yourself, but pass on the sense of well being via the placenta to your baby.
A reassuring method would be to note down your points of concern about labor and delivery and discussing them with your gynecologist before your due date.

Meditation to Calm Your Fears
Meditation for Pregnancy and Childbirth

This meditation technique will help control most worries and apprehensions that you have about childbirth and delivery. More importantly, it helps connect with the baby physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually; it will help both you as well as your baby.

  • Stretch out on your bed, and make yourself comfortable. Prop pillows under your back and knees.
  • Breathe normally for about 25 breaths, calming all anxiety and worry.
  • Place your hands on your lower abdomen and connect with your baby. Visualize the tiny body and mentally breathe in to it, sending peace and calm in to the baby, so that he grows in to a strong, healthy, happy baby.
  • Tell your baby that he is sacred and has an important place in the universe.
  • Visualize the birth and delivery going very smoothly and without any difficulty.
  • Imagine holding your baby and falling in love with him instantly. Commit to being the best parent to your child.
  • Focus on your breath again and end the session when you are ready.

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