We bring you some reports on meditation during labor and delivery, which appears to be particularly beneficial for managing pain and for encouraging an easier birthing process overall.
It can produce many physiological benefits, including the regulation and balance of hormones and has been shown to decrease levels of stress hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline, both adding to stress, and can increase hormones such as melatonin and DHEA, which help boost the immune system and promote a sense of calm. It stimulates endorphin production, the natural pain relievers in the body.
It is suggested that it also helps lower blood pressure and heart rate, reducing the risk of pregnancy complications such as pre-eclampsia and helping to reduce anxiety. “High levels of anxiety have been shown to decrease tolerance for pain, so meditation can also help to alleviate pain by reducing anxiety.”
It has been noticed that there is improvement to positive energy and the enhancement of mood, helping anxious mothers eliminate negative or worrisome thoughts. However, instead of focusing on short, rapid breaths to power through contractions, women are encouraged to breathe deeply and slowly through the diaphragm to instill a sense of peace and calm and to feel more power and control over the senses. This breathing is usual practice for anyone in yoga who is trying to work through difficult postures and a tight frame.
Other types of meditative practice during labour and delivery can include mantras and chanting, quiet reflection, or listening to soothing music.
Our musical Mindtracks can help a mother achieve a more relaxed state quicker, so are definitely worth a try if you are preparing for childbirth.