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. 

Giving birth is always a sacred moment, but it can be even more so when we have a  mindful pregnancy.

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

William R. Marchand states that mindfulness and meditation can reduce stress and thereby increase fertility. And 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. But there are many unique benefits of mindfulness meditation for fertility and pregnancy.

The research shows that it is indeed possible to use meditation for fertility. It helps because it reduces stress and boosts overall wellbeing, which is essential when it comes to 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; knowing which are the best meditations for fertility can be a challenge. Thankfully, we can turn to scientific research and ancient wisdom to determine the best meditations for fertility.

It is best for mothers to start by using these meditations to reduce stress. Then read the rest of this article, below.  

Best Types of Meditation for Fertility, Pregnancy, And Labor

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

 

1: Breathing To Relieve The Stress Of Infertility And To Reduce Pregnancy Pains

The best type of meditation for pregnancy 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 also balances the mind. This helps to create chemical balance which improves the chances of fertility.

  1. Sit comfortably with good posture. Make sure your spine is straight but relaxed. Close your eyes. 
  2. Take 10 deep mindful breaths, focusing your mind on the sensation of your breath moving through your body. 
  3. Cradle your tummy with your hands, imagining that there is a healthy baby inside. Now watch your breath moving around this spot. 
  4. Continuing to breathe mindfully, let thoughts and feelings come and go as they will while you continue to focus on breathing. 

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, but breathing meditation reduces both adrenalin and cortisol according to Balakrishnan Vandana at the Department of Physiology, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences. This helps to create a more 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, which is when the expectant father exhibits symptoms related to pregnancy. Breathing meditation helps fathers-to-be to relax and stay healthy too.

Breathing meditation is especially important in the third trimester of pregnancy, when 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: Labor Meditation Technique

Research suggests that you can reduce the pain of labor with meditation techniques and especial visualization according to research from Lamaze International, an organization dedicated to promoting the Lamaze technique of natural childbirth. During labor, 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 labor meditation technique is to visualize your cervix as a lotus flower that is blossoming, while thinking, “Opening. Opening…”

 

3: Loving Kindness

Stress significantly affects your chemical balance and 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. 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 you create feelings of love and compassion. This in turn 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.” 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: 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 most easiest kind of meditation for pregnancy. And it’s a great place for beginners to get started.

I really like the following guided meditation script 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 and help to restore balance to your body. And 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 affect on your chances of conceiving. It is also helpful 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 (there are mantras for everything ranging from money to love). 

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

If you are interested in using mantra meditation for pregnancy, there is one specific Kundalini Yoga mantra which could help you significantly. You can read about this in my article on mantras for conception.

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 quite sure which is the best fertility-meditation 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.

Not only can music exposure help with trying to conceive (TTC) but it can also help with 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. 

 

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The absolute best way to use meditation for fertility is to learn meditation properly, which is why I do 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 can relax us and relieve stress, the absolute best strategy is to learn meditation the right way from the beginning.

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:

Infertility can be a significant cause of stress. In America, one in eight couples are 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 both fertility, with the mental health problems associated with infertility, and during term.

 

Research conducted by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine revealed 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 isn’t able to support another life.

If you have been unsuccessful trying to conceive, stress could be the reason. 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 balance cortisol to help you cope with 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.

Because of its huge effect on stress, meditation helps with fertility. It gets the body back to normality and helps increase the chance of fertility. It also reduces cortisol and increases melatonin and oxytocin. This helps to balance the body and cure infertility. Plus, it is common for parents to face stress, so by learning to meditate now you will be giving yourself a valuable tool for the future.

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 labor, 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, and the best bet is 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 is helps us regulate emotions. As well as meditation, a compassionate doctor can help with the emotional aspects of childbirth and prepare your for different possible labor outcomes during pregnancy planning, like C-sections.

Mindfulness also helps us let go of plans. Some women plan everything, right down to the time of labor 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.

Proper breathing and proper posture during meditation can also help alleviate pregnancy pains like backache, stress, contractions, and loss of sleep. A mindful birth also helps you to tolerate labor pain. When you’ve been in labor for hours only to have a few centimetres of dilation meditation can offer you some calm.

Clearly, there are significant benefits of mindfulness meditation for pregnancy and fertility. 

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

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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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Written by Paul Harrison

Paul Harrison is a qualified meditation teacher and writer with more than 15 years experience in meditation and mindfulness. He studied meditation in Oxford, UK, and Hamilton Ontario Canada, and earned his degree at Staffordshire University. Paul has helped thousands of people to discover their true potential through mindfulness, yoga and meditation.