Best Meditation For Fertility: Have a Healthy Pregnancy (+ scripts)

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Couples who take my online lessons often ask what the best meditation for fertility and pregnancy is.

Millions of families have been using fertility meditation scripts to help to cure infertility so they can start a family. And yes, you can indeed use meditation to get pregnant and have a healthy childbirth.

BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth states that the experience of giving birth has long term implications for the health and wellbeing of a woman and how she cares for her child. 

Hence why we need to ensure excellent mental health throughout. 

Giving birth is always a sacred moment, but it can be even more so when we have a mindful pregnancy. That’s why nothing makes me happier than when a couple book an online meditation lesson with me to help them with fertility and pregnancy.

Link Between Mindfulness Meditation, Fertility, And Pregnancy

Mindfulness is a form of meditation and is based on the Buddhist concept of living in the moment.

When we are mindful we focus the mind on one thing. It is a simple but powerful practice. Thanks to the works of luminaries like John Kabat Zinn it is now also a form of mental health treatment and therapy. And there are many benefits of meditation for pregnancy and fertility. 

William R. Marchand states that mindfulness and meditation can increase fertility by reducing stress. increase fertility. That’s why I recommend you start with these meditations for stress relief.

Plus, it produces positive feelings.

Nancy Bardarke, author of Mindful Birthing: Training the Mind, Body, and Heart for Childbirth and Beyond, states that mindfulness can increase positive feelings and reduce stress during pregnancy.  

Of course, mindfulness is only one part of having a healthy baby. Prenatal nutrition, regular exercise, and substance withdrawal are all vital for having a healthy pregnancy according to James Greene, MD at Kaiser Permanente.

There are many unique benefits of mindfulness meditation for fertility and pregnancy.

Research shows that it is indeed possible to use meditation for fertility.

Meditation helps because it reduces stress and boosts overall wellbeing. This is which is essential for conception according to research from Jing Li et. al at the Department of Military Psychology, College of Psychology, Third Military Medical University,

There are so many different meditations though. You might wonder what the best meditations for fertility are. That’s why I am here to help. 

We can turn to scientific research and ancient wisdom to determine the best meditations for fertility.

As well as the meditations below you can also use mantras for conception. 

Best Types of Meditation for Fertility, Pregnancy, And Labour

*For scripts to all these meditation techniques, refer to our main menu. You might also like to try couples meditation exercises.

 

1: Breathing Meditation For Infertility & Pregnancy Pains

The best meditation for fertility and pregnancy pains is breathing meditation. Or, at least, this is the best technique for beginners.

Breathing techniques are always the best place to start any kind of mindfulness practice. Why? Because they are safe and easy, and they have a profound effect on both the body and the mind. 

Breathing is the central energy of the body and mind. One of the main benefits of breathing meditation for pregnancy is that is corrects many issues with the body and balances the mind. This helps to create a chemical balance which improves the chances of fertility.

Script

  1. Sit comfortably with good posture. Make sure your spine is straight but relaxed. Close your eyes. 
  2. Take ten deep mindful breaths. Focus on the sensation of your breath moving through your body. 
  3. Cradle your tummy with your hands. Visualize your healthy baby inside. Now watch your breath moving around this spot. 
  4. Continue to breathe mindfully. Let thoughts and feelings come and go as they will while you continue to focus on breathing. 
  5. Aim for 108 breaths.

Meditations like this can also help the fetal environment.

32 weeks into term, the placenta begins to carry hormones from the mother’s blood into the fetal environment. The stress hormones adrenaline and cortisol and can send negative signals to the fetal environment. However, breathing meditation reduces both adrenalin and cortisol according to Balakrishnan Vandana at the Department of Physiology, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences. In turn, this creates a protective and nurturing fetal environment.

Meditation also increases endorphins which are pain-relieving and help produce a positive fetal environment.

Meanwhile, the father-to-be can also use meditation for couvade syndrome. This is when the expectant father exhibits symptoms related to pregnancy.  

Breathing meditation is especially important in the third trimester of pregnancy. During this time, stress and anxiety can set in and affect the birth outcome. Just remember to breathe mindfully. As Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh would say, “My breath is my anchor.”

pregnant women meditating in group
pregnant women meditating in group

2: Labour Meditation Technique

Research suggests that you can reduce the pain of labour with meditation techniques. Especially visualization according to research from Lamaze International, an organization dedicated to promoting the Lamaze technique of natural childbirth.

During labour, meditate on your breath. Imagine that your breath is a wave of the ocean coming and going. Visualize a relaxing beach and watch the wave of your breath coming and going.

Another labour meditation technique is to visualize your cervix as a lotus flower that is blossoming while thinking, “Opening. Opening…”

 

3: Loving Kindness Meditation For Fertility

Stress significantly affects your chemical balance. Indeed, it is a leading cause of infertility according to research from Alice D. Domar, PhD published in the journal Dialogues in Clinical Neuroscience. [1]

One of the best ways to cure chemical imbalance is to create the right mental attitude. Feelings of love, gratitude, kindness, and compassion help your body to find balance and thereby help to cure infertility. That’s why one of the best meditations for fertility and pregnancy is loving-kindness.

Buddhist Loving Kindness is one of the best types of meditation for fertility because, according to meditation teacher Sharon Salzberg, it creates warm feelings of compassion and emotional support, which reduces the impact of stress on the body.

In Buddhist Loving-Kindness (Metta Bhavana) you create feelings of love and compassion. In turn, this balances your body and mind and helps you to get pregnant.

The basic loving-kindness meditation script for fertility is “May [I] have love and kindness. May I be free from suffering. May I have the strength to overcome any obstacles in my life.” Then repeat this script for your baby, and then for others. Again, refer to our main menu for in-depth guides to all these methods.

You can also use loving kindness as a daily affirmation for pregnancy, by saying, “I am loving and caring for my baby.”

 

3: Best Guided Meditation To Get Pregnant 

Sometimes the most relaxing thing in the world is just to sit back and have someone else lead you through the meditation. When you use guided meditation to get pregnant you simply listen to someone else’s words and allow them to relax you.

This is definitely the easiest kind of meditation for pregnancy. And it’s a great place for beginners to get started.

Here is the best guided meditation for fertility.  

Guided Fertility & Infant Connection Meditation

 

4: Yoga

While yoga is not technically a meditation technique, it is related. Both yoga and meditation are spiritual practices that are immensely relaxing. They help to restore balance to your body.

Like meditation, we can also use yoga for fertility.

Yoga works both your body and mind at the same time. This creates complete body and mind relaxation and helps your body to prepare for fertility. And, when pregnant, to have a healthy birth.

Yoga will help you to feel positive about childbirth. And your attitude will have a big effect on your chances of conceiving. Yoga also helps when you are using reproduction technology according to research from Sara Darbandi, et. al. published in the journal Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine [2]

 

5: Daily Mantras For Pregnancy

Mantra (or “japa”) is the recitation of specific words, phrases or sounds. Many religions believe that reciting mantras helps with a variety of problems.

One wonderful daily mantra for pregnancy is “I am breathing strong breaths to support my baby”.  

You can also use daily affirmations for pregnancy, such as, “My baby is a healthy, happy, miracle.”

 

6: Music for conception

You don’t always need to use a meditation script for fertility. Music can help too.

If you’re not sure which is the best fertility meditation script to use, start by simply listening to some relaxing music.  Lie back and put some relaxing meditation music on to get you in the right state of mind.

Music exposure helps when trying to conceive (TTC) and during the baby’s development. Research from Ravindra Arya et. al. published in the International Journal of Pediatrics shows that babies born to mothers exposed to music during pregnancy had better habituation, orientation, range of state, regulation of state, and autonomic stability. 

 

More Tips

The absolute best way to use meditation for fertility and pregnancy is to learn meditation properly. That’s why I recommend booking an online meditation lesson with me. Using meditation for pregnancy requires proper practice.

While we can use simple guided meditations for childbirth, and other methods that can relax us and relieve stress, you won’t know the absolute best meditation for you unless you consult a professional like me.

There are very many different types of meditation for pregnancy. And I hear from feedback from readers of our newsletter that different techniques work for different people.

The best fertility meditation for one person might not be the best for another.

To successfully use meditation for pregnancy, it is important to find a technique that feels good to you. And the only way to do that is to try a selection of different meditations.

Benefits of Meditation For Pregnancy & Fertility

Science has revealed significant benefits of mindfulness meditation for fertility [3]. Methods like mindfulness and Buddhist practices such as Loving Kindness can all help when it comes to conception. And thank goodness because infertility is a huge problem in relationships.

Many couples know how traumatic infertility can be. WomensHealth.gov states that women who want to give birth and are unable experience the following symptoms:

  • Anger
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Marital problems
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Social isolation
  • Low self-esteem

Infertility can be a significant cause of stress. In America, one in eight couples is affected by infertility. This infertility leads to everything from low self-esteem to depression.

The good news is that we can use meditation for fertility and pregnancy. It helps with fertility, with the mental health problems associated with infertility, and during term.

Research conducted by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine reveales that extreme stress is the leading causes of infertility. (Read about how stress affects childbirth on CDC.gov).

Stress has a severe effect on the body, causing the body to cut out all nonessential bodily functions. When your body is stressed, it simply can’t support another life.

If you have been unsuccessful trying to conceive, stress could be the reason.

Meditation helps with childbirth by reducing stress

Reduce the stress in your life and you will significantly increase your chances of having a baby. And of course, this is the number one benefit of meditation for fertility.

Meditation promotes parasympathetic nervous system activity, reduces amygdala activity, and balances cortisol to reduce stress.

Considerable scientific research has shown that meditation reduces stress. Whether it’s Buddhist methods like Vipassana or modern methods like Mindfulness-Based Stress reduction, we can reduce the stress in life by meditating. And this will significantly boost overall wellbeing and increase the chances of conception.

Meditation also helps to balance the body to cure infertility. 

Meditation and preeclampsia

Another benefit of meditation for pregnancy is its effect on preeclampsia, according to ClinicalTrials.gov, a registry of clinical trials run by the United States National Library of Medicine at the National Institutes of Health.

Meditation balances blood pressure and heart rate to reduce the risk of preeclampsia, preterm labour, miscarriage, and placental abruption.

Meditation even increases the production of breast milk according to Joanne Goldbort, Ph.D., R.N., course coordinator for maternal child nursing at Michigan State University College of Nursing.

Of course, meditation is only one part of the solution. It is best to attend educative courses on childbirth and breastfeeding.

The emotional aspect of mindfulness is also important. Fear creates pain that can lead to painful deliveries. Another benefit of using meditation for pregnancy is that it helps regulate emotions.

As well as meditation, a compassionate doctor can help. They will support you with the with the emotional aspects of childbirth and prepare you for different possible labour outcomes, like C-sections, during pregnancy planning, 

Unexpected events do occur. But mindfulness can help.

Mindfulness helps us let go of plans.

Some parents-to-be plan everything, right down to the time of labour and the size of the baby’s head. Inevitably there are unknowns around pregnancy and childbirth and mindfulness meditation will help you to accept these in a non-reactive way.

Breathe mindfully to relieve pain.

Proper breathing and proper posture during meditation can also alleviate pregnancy pains like backache, stress, contractions, and loss of sleep.

A mindful birth also helps you to tolerate labour pain. When you’ve been in labour for hours only to have a few centimetres of dilation meditation can offer you some calm.

 

Summary

There are significant benefits of mindfulness meditation for pregnancy and fertility. 

Overall, meditation can help you bring a healthy baby into the world. Plus, it can soothe you through pregnancy and labour pain, as well as emotional challenges. The road to parenthood can be a challenging one. But mindfulness and meditation can ease the journey.

To learn the best meditation for fertility and pregnancy for you, book an online meditation lesson with me today. 

 

 

SOURCES:

1: The relationship between stress and infertility, Kristin L. Rooney, BA ,Kristin L. Rooney, Boston IVF, Waltham, Massachusetts USA;, Alice D. Domar, PhD https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6016043/

2: Yoga Can Improve Assisted Reproduction Technology Outcomes in Couples With Infertility, Sara Darbandi, Mahsa Darbandi, Hamid Reza Khorram Khorshid, Mohammad Reza Sadeghi, https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/29112941/

3: Effects of a Mindfulness-Based Intervention on Fertility Quality of Life and Pregnancy Rates Among Women Subjected to First in Vitro Fertilization Treatment, Jing Li , Ling Long , Yu Liu , Wei He ,  https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/26742022/

Marchand, W. R. (2012). Mindfulness-based stress reduction, mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, and Zen meditation for depression, anxiety, pain, and psychological distress. Journal of Psychiatric Practice, 18(4), 233-252.

Li J, Long L, Liu Y, He W, Li M. Effects of a mindfulness-based intervention on fertility quality of life and pregnancy rates among women subjected to first in vitro fertilization treatment. Behav Res Ther. 2016 Feb;77:96-104. doi: 10.1016/j.brat.2015.12.010. Epub 2015 Dec 19. PMID: 26742022.

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