Meditations and practices to help pregnant women live in the moment to improve their physical and emotional wellbeing and enhance their experience of pregnancy, birth, and motherhood.
It’s normal for women to worry during pregnancy, but being unduly anxious can spoil this precious time. By using mindfulness techniques a pregnant woman can stay in the present, learning to accept and handle her feelings and thoughts, and become more in tune with her changing body and developing baby. Sarah Rudell Beach’s simple techniques can be incorporated easily into everyday life, helping a pregnant woman to become aware of her lifestyle: Is she taking on too much? Is she eating well? Does she need to slow down? The more formal meditations help her to shut out the outside world, quieten her mind, and be at one with her unborn baby to strengthen that special bond. There are mindfulness techniques to help women approach labor and birth without fear and handle each stage moment by moment. Finally, Sarah shows how mindfulness practices learnt during pregnancy can be taken into motherhood, so that a new mother can live in the moment with her baby and be aware of her own self-care.
Sarah Rudell Beach became a mother in 2006, embarking on a powerful journey in both motherhood and mindfulness. She has had a personal mindfulness practice for many years now, holds a master’s degree in education, and is a Mindful Schools Certified Instructor. As the executive director of Brilliant Mindfulness, she teaches mindfulness courses to children, teens, and adults. She also has 17 years of experience as a high school teacher. Sarah writes about mindfulness and healthy living for the Huffington Post, and on her blog, Left Brain Buddha. She lives in Minneapolis, MN, with her husband and two children.