3 Mindfulness Tips to Destress During Pregnancy
During pregnancy it's so easy to get caught up in the aches and pains, morning sickness and preggo brain, that we tend to forget the beauty and grace pregnancy has to offer. If you are anything like me when I was pregnant, I certainly felt like I fell off the wagon when it came to my meditation and yoga practices. Whether you are new to meditation and yoga or you've been practicing meditation, mindfulness and yoga for a while; below are my top 3 favorites that will support you in connecting to yourself, your precious baby and the beautiful process you are undergoing.
Say "Good Morning!"
When you wake and roll over in bed, take a moment to place your hands on your tummy and say "Good Morning" to your little one. This is a wonderful time to connect before you start your day. You can use this time to make a wish, say a prayer, set and intention or simply 'cuddle' with your belly and baby.
This is one of my favorite poses. It helps relax the lower back, slowly opens your hips and allows your arms to get a good stretch as well. It’s also a great “take a break” pose. Use this when pure exhaustion creeps in and all you want to do is take a nap! As your belly grows bigger towards the last trimester, you can tuck your toes under and create more space. Remember to relax, breathe and totally surrender in this pose.
Take 3 Deep Breaths
Whether you are pregnant or not, this is one of the most powerful tools you can use throughout your day. As often as you need, slow down and take 3 full, deep breaths. Inhale through your nose and exhale through your mouth... releasing any tension, stress or hormonal craziness you may feel. Then smile after you complete your 3 breaths. It feels really good!
Remember that this is your journey and you get to decide how it goes. It can be stressful and uncomfortable or it can be gentle, loving and precious. You can do it “Mom.” You were made for this. Honor your body, mind and soul. Enjoy the process. And give gratitude for the miracle that is.