Childbirth is one of the most painful events that a woman can go through but it is also the most rewarding. While there are several medications that can help numb the pain, they all carry their own risks to both you and your baby. If you are choosing a natural childbirth and want a way to find relief from the pain, then meditation for childbirth can help you.
The Benefits of Meditation
Regular meditation has several immediate effects on the body and mind which can help you during childbirth such as:
- Relieve Stress
There is no doubt that your body is under an enormous amount of stress during childbirth due to the pain, the changes going on in your body and the reality of a new life entering the world. Meditation can lower your blood pressure, heart rate and slow your breathing which all work together to lower your stress response.
- Pain Management
Meditation can help you to relax your body by releasing muscles groups and taking control of your body. Natural pain reducers called endorphins are released during meditation which can help relieve the pain of childbirth.
- Increases Focus
With everything going on around you, it is easy to get distracted and even panic. Meditation helps you clear your mind so you can focus on the task at hand. This can actually help your body to progress and can assist in birthing your child.
- Improves Mood
Meditation can increase positive energy in you and bring about a sense of inner peace. This will calm you down and relieve you of all the worry you have during childbirth.
Meditating During Childbirth
During childbirth, you likely will not be able to get on the floor in lotus pose to meditate but you can practice meditation techniques from the comfort of your hospital bed. Deep breathing is particularly effective during childbirth. In addition to its ability to relieve stress, reduce pain and help you focus, it can also help you get through your contractions. Pull in deep breaths from your abdomen and then slowly release them through your mouth. As you exhale, imagine your pain leaving with your breath.
Visualization is another effective technique during childbirth because it allows you to focus on something besides your pain. Picture a positive image to focus on such as a favorite vacation spot or even of you rocking your soon to be born baby. These visualizations will create a positive energy and will draw your focus away from pain.
By meditating regularly before giving birth, you will be preparing your body to handle the process as best as it can. Likewise, continuing meditation after giving birth can help your body heal faster and can keep your mood stable. Meditation for childbirth is one of the most effective, natural ways of helping you have a positive birth experience.