The process of having a child can come quickly but for some, it can seem like an eternity with others even having losing battles. With infertility on the rise, it is important for women trying to conceive to do everything they can to generate a successful birth. When planning to conceive a baby, it helps to have an open mind. You may never have considered meditation to be an option, but think of pregnancy planning as a time of exploration and discovery. Meditation can’t hurt and it may even boost your fertility. It cannot directly influence ovulation, but read more to find out what exactly meditation can do for you.
Meditation is known for alleviating stressors. It has become popular when preparing for preconception. It increases one’s possibility of becoming pregnant and is now being accepted as the norm. Research shows that stress can be a leading cause of infertility as it can interfere with, or sometimes even block, ovulation. Stress produces cortisol, prolactin and other hormones that might make it more difficult to get pregnant. During meditation, however, the body lets go of tense, shallow breathing and allows a person to focus on purposeful breathing instead. This enriches the blood with oxygen, releases tensions and toxins, and it also revives cells.
Depression and anxiety, also linked to infertility, are also relieved during meditation. It stimulates the parasympathetic system – the system that produces feelings of calmness.
How to Meditate
The process is quite simple. First, find a comfortable position. Just make sure you won’t be too comfortable or else you might drift off to sleep. Make sure you’re wearing loose and comfortable clothing. Start breathing deeply and focus on each breath you take. Breathe in and out – both your chest and stomach should rise in and out. Don’t expect your mind to be cleared of thoughts right away. Just observe your thoughts and let them come and go as they will. Pay attention to the emotions that come up with certain thoughts, and notice your reactions towards them. While doing this, just keep your focus on your breathing – it’s your one and only priority. Pick a time when you don’t have other commitments. Busy women usually take about 30 minutes for their daily sessions. It’s not how long you meditate, but the quality that counts.
Science and meditation might seem worlds apart, but if you allow them, they can help one another. It can help if you know how the body works – especially the reproductive system. As you meditate, you can visualize what’s happening inside your body and it can relax your senses.