Mindfulness During Pregnancy

If you've been on social media, read a magazine, turned on the TV or just walked outside of your home in the last couple of years you probably have heard of the benefits of meditation and mindfulness practices. I live in NYC and just walking out of my apartment can be anxiety inducing with the noise, the crowds, the subway, and always running from one place to the next. Having a mindfulness practice in place allows me to keep my cool and remain calm. 

As a doula I often discuss visualizations and finding a way to go within to connect to yourself and with your baby. While scrolling through Instagram one day I discovered this wonderful website called Expectful. The site, and brand new app (!), has 10 and 20 minute guided meditations for all stages of pregnancy and into parenthood.  They have meditations for common topics that come up during pregnancy and even SLEEP! Who doesn't love that? 

Using a guided meditation app can help you to build your own meditation practice into your daily routine. I often find myself meditating on the subway, while sitting on a flight, and before going to bed. If 10 minutes seems like too much, just start with 1 minute. That's only 60 seconds! You have time for that. 

 (Image credit: Expectful.com)

(Image credit: Expectful.com)