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How Exercise and Meditation Can Help With Delivery Day

May 13th, 2012 by mike

In honor of Mother’s Day and May beingPregnancy Awareness month , here is a guest post written by Katie Mooreabout two alternative ways to prepare for delivery day.

Two Alternative Ways to Prepare for Delivery Day

Many preparations go into making delivery daya happy welcoming of baby into thedelivery dayworld. Mom has likely spent weeks with a to-go bag packed full of essentials, and the entire pregnancy eating the recommended, balanced diet. The nursery is prepared with things the baby is likely to need for the first few weeks. Mom has become familiar with the general procedures for handling labor and delivery by attending childbirth classes offered by the health provider. She is well aware of the optional procedures available to her, like water birthing and cord blood banking; cord blood banking is where umbilical cord blood is collected after birth and stored for potential use in a future medical treatment.

But mothers can still be nervous. Pregnancy induces emotional and physiological stress in many moms because they have to worry about finances, the awesome responsibility of caring for a new person, and many other related issues. Finding ways to successfully manage this stress will result in a more relaxed delivery with lower risk of complications. Baby too will be more comfortable and happy with a calm and even-tempered mom. Meditation and regular exercise are a couple of the best ways to make this a reality on delivery day.

Benefits of Meditation for Pregnancy and Childbirth

Research has proven that stress, and all the symptoms it causes, can be managed through the use of meditation. Though this study found the benefits of normalizing high blood pressure, increasing emotional adaptability, and relieving anxiety and depression all in college students, the findings are transferable to any population. Meditation during pregnancy results in a wide range of benefits for mom and baby, including:

* Increased Production of DHEA: The glands responsible for DHEA production are also producers of stress hormones. The adrenals cannot produce as much DHEA if burdened with responding to stress.

* Increased Levels of Melatonin: Meditation increases natural production of melatonin. This hormone allows for normal sleep patterns, even with high amounts of stress and results in a calmer person with stronger immune function.
* Higher Tolerance of Pain: The normal pain threshold is suppressed by anxiety, primarily by reducing the amount of endorphin circulation. Meditation eases anxiety and restores endorphin levels.

Tackling Stress with Exercise

Whereas meditation handles stress through relaxation, exercise does it by focusing the body on regular bouts of physical activity just below the individual’s tolerance for exertion. Building lean muscle and improving circulation of oxygen provides a perfect complement to the benefits of meditation. Having a physically fit body will also help you during labor because you will have better muscle control and will be able to manage the pain more effectively.

Combining these two tactics will reduce the risk of complications, making delivery day nothing less than a joyous experience. Some exercise programs, such as yoga for pregnancy classes, are already designed to incorporate both. Regular practice of meditation and exercise is the key to gaining benefits.

This article was written by Katie Moore. Katie is an active writer within the blogging community who discusses maternity, motherhood, prenatal health, childbirth and other topics within this niche. If you have any questions or would like to connect with Katie please contact by visiting her blog, Moore From Katie or her twitter @moorekm26.

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