It’s well-known that practicing meditation and mindfulness can reduce anxiety and stress. If you’re less anxious and more relaxed, you may be more likely to get pregnant. Meditation can also affect how you feel about yourself and promote healthy mental well-being. There isn’t any solid research that shows that meditation can directly help you get pregnant. However, the practice certainly doesn’t hurt your odds, and it is beneficial for your mental health.
Stress is a normal part of life, and we are generally well-equipped to handle it. However, significant life changes, demanding jobs, hectic schedules, and trying to conceive as time passes can increase stress. This excess stress can make getting pregnant more difficult. Stress can cause women to ovulate later than normal – or not at all. In men, stress can negatively affect sperm quality. For these reasons, it’s important that you healthily manage your stress levels while trying to conceive.
Managing stress is one way meditation can be beneficial for people who are trying to conceive. When you take the time to focus your thoughts on the present moment, accepting any feelings or thoughts that rise to the surface, you get a chance to step back and consider your situation and options without the rush of emotions that can affect your judgment.
When you practice mindfulness and meditation regularly, you’ll likely find that you improve your ability to cope with stress all the time – even when not meditating – and can think more calmly during stressful situations that you face.
Learning to meditate is one way to improve your day-to-day mindfulness skill set. When meditating, try sitting or lying down in a quiet place that’s free from distractions. Allow your ideas and feelings to come and go freely and don’t try to force anything, as this time is one where you don’t judge any of these thoughts. Pay attention to your breathing as you sit, and when your mind does start to wander, bring your attention gently back to your breath.
Mindfulness and meditation are most helpful when practiced regularly. If you find it difficult at first, don’t worry; it takes some time to improve these skills! There are classes for groups and individuals available if you’d like in person guidance and accountability, and there is also a lot of information available in a plethora of books and online articles about meditation and its benefits.
The bottom line is that it is likely worth your time to practice meditation because it has numerous health benefits, and the benefit of stress reduction could be just what you need to help while you are trying to conceive.