Meditation is a powerful mindset tool that has been used for thousands of years by cultures worldwide.
Each culture has its own spin on it; what they say, how they practice, when they do it, why they do it, etc. Each culture may call it a different name but it still has an ever-growing importance in the world.
In recent years, meditation has grown in popularity in North America as well, causing researchers to start to take a more in-depth look at the impacts and benefits of meditation.
A lot of research has been done focusing on the benefits of meditation for conceiving, pregnancy and motherhood and most experts agree that a personal meditation practice on top of your regular medical care can greatly improve your overall outcomes.
When you’re in the thick of your fertility journey it can take a toll on your overall mindset and mental health and since it’s recommended to come off or decrease any mental health-related medication while you’re trying to conceive or you’re pregnant it’s critical to have some great tools in your toolbelt to help you get through.
Here are 3 important ways a meditation practice can help during your conceiving journey:
1. Helps reduce your stress
The Mayo Clinic says this about meditation, “Meditation is considered a type of mind-body complementary medicine. Meditation can produce a deep state of relaxation and a tranquil mind.
During meditation, you focus your attention and eliminate the stream of jumbled thoughts that may be crowding your mind and causing stress. This process may result in enhanced physical and emotional well-being.”
High levels of stress and anxiety can negatively impact your overall fertility by affecting the hormones that play a role in ovulation and menstruation.
A daily meditation practice can help you tame the overwhelming voices in your head, bring you back to the present moment, help you focus on gratitude and decrease your stress levels overall which can improve your chances of getting pregnant.
2. Helps regulate your menstrual cycle
As mentioned, stress causes your hormones to become dysregulated and out of balance which decreases your fertility. A meditation practice has been shown to increase blood flow and promote relaxation. It can also help regulate menstrual cycles, balance hormones and improve the quality of eggs and sperm.
When you’re hormones are imbalanced and there is an excess of cortisol this can lead to irregular or missed periods. When your menstrual cycle is out of whack it can be more difficult to pinpoint when you’re ovulating.
Incorporating a daily meditation practice can help your cycle become balanced and regulated allowing you to more effectively track your ovulation period.
3. Helps you cope with infertility
If you’ve struggled with conceiving our hearts reach out to you. It can be heartbreaking and leads to high feelings of stress and pressure to conceive (which can further complicate matters).
Countless studies have shown significant benefits to overall mental health for people across the board when they have implemented a daily meditation practice. This is also true in the case of fertility, pregnancy and postpartum.
Having support and easily implemented strategies during this time is imperative to keep your stress down and your spirits up. Meditation can provide you with an accessible place to escape the growing negativity of your own mind and a way to give yourself some extra love.
Conceiving a baby is a beautiful time in many couples' lives and when things don’t go the way you envisioned, it can lead to stress, anxiety, disappointment and frustration. Having positive and effective mindset strategies such as meditation can keep you focused and positive as you bring new life into this world.
If you’re looking for some extra support to help you get through your fertility, pregnancy and motherhood journey, book your 15-minute complimentary consultation with our highly experienced and caring experts.