How to Have a More Mindful Pregnancy

The benefits of mindfulness are well-documented—study after study shows how much it can help practitioners with everything from anxiety and depression to insomnia and weight loss. 

"Mindfulness is something you can do as you empty the dishwasher, as you take a shower. It's not about overloading you with additional work you have to do during pregnancy."

In the maze of blood tests, baby gear, and birth plans that come along with modern pregnancy, it's easy to feel overwhelmed and stressed out. So don't think of mindfulness as yet another to-do list item before baby comes, but as a significant tool to keep you healthier and happier. Mindful Birth and Parenting Foundation, and author of Mindful Birthing, says mindfulness is one simple way to feel more content: "Parents today have a lot on their minds, as life is moving very fast, and we know that many health-related difficulties are related to stress.

Remember that it's important to keep it simple—don't start off trying to meditate for 30 minutes a day and feel guilty if you can't keep it up. "Begin with just brushing your teeth mindfully,"A little mindfulness, practiced in whatever way makes sense for you and your lifestyle, can truly aid your transition into parenthood.