Frequently Asked
Questions

Who is the Expectful program for?

Expectful is for pregnant women of every age and any physical condition.

I’ve been pregnant for more than a few weeks. Can I still use Expectful?

Absolutely. After listening to our beginners guide, which explains the essentials of meditating while pregnant, you can begin by listening to one of our custom made guided meditations. Expectful can benefit you and your baby no matter when you start, whether it’s early on, midway through, or even close to your due date.

How do I access the course?

The course is entirely online. You can access it from any device with an internet connection.

What is included in the course?

An audio guide explaining the ten most essential things you need to know to successfully mediate while pregnant, visual guides to show you the ideal meditation postures as your pregnancy progresses, and seven guided meditations custom tailored by our passionate team of experts to encourage a happier pregnancy and healthier baby.

What does the program cost?

Access to the course is $9 a month.

Do you issue refunds?

If you are unsatisfied with your course, you can cancel your subscription at anytime.

Who created Expectful?

A team of licensed experts in prenatal care, psychology, meditation, and linguistics came together to create Expectful. We meticulously crafted and customized each guided meditation to provide an unparalleled experience for you and your growing baby.

When should I meditate?

There is no right or wrong time to meditate. The only essential is that you carve out about 10 minutes or more during which you will not be interrupted. Meditating first thing in the morning may make it easier for you to get into the habit and will allow you to reap the benefits all day long. Practicing meditation midday can help you reset before a busy afternoon and evening. Meditating before bed often facilitates a deeper, more restful sleep.

Where should I meditate?

This is another personal choice. A quiet, comfortable space where you’re not likely to be interrupted is ideal. You can even meditate during your morning ride to work or on your lunch break. The course offers visual guides to the meditation postures that will keep you most comfortable and focused, but you can adapt these if you’re not in your usual spot.

What is meditation?

At Expectful, we define meditation as the attempt to focus on just one thing for a predetermined amount of time for the purposes of training the brain to be more present, clear, and focused. This practice has been proven to reduce anxiety, improve health, and strengthen relationships. Studies suggest that meditating during pregnancy may have the added benefit of ​improving the life of your growing baby.

What sets the Expectful guided meditations apart from other practices?

Expectful is not a generic meditation practice. We put together a passionate team of licensed experts in prenatal care, psychology, meditation, and linguistics to develop guided meditations specifically for mothers-to-be. The full program includes six distinct meditation techniques, so you can try different methods to see what resonates most deeply with you. When you are achy and tired, for example, a​ ​progressive relaxation meditation​ can help ease your discomfort. If you’re anxiously awaiting the results of a prenatal test, our breath meditation will recover your equilibrium and keep you calm. Each meditation is also offered in 10-, 15-, and 20-minute listening times, so you can choose what works with your particular schedule.

I can’t stop thinking during meditation—what am I doing wrong?

Absolutely nothing. We define meditation as the attempt to focus on just one thing for a predetermined amount of time. If you’re thinking during a meditation session, you’re still meditating. Studies show that the practice is still having a positive effect on you, and in turn for your baby. Don’t worry: Your mind will quiet down soon enough.

Why should I meditate during pregnancy?

Studies have shown that meditating during pregnancy may​ decrease​ anxiety,​ help protect the womb by reducing stress chemicals in the body, leads to enhanced immunity, and encourages healthy brain development. Prenatal meditation lessens the chances of your baby developing behavioral disorders such as ADHD, reduces the likelihood of preterm birth, and can help your baby develop a more favorable temperament. Women who meditate during pregnancy also report greater feelings of connection with their baby in utero and increased confidence during the birthing process.

How long do I have to meditate to get results?

Everyone is different, but you will likely perceive the positive effects of meditation very quickly. Research has found that meditation has a measurable impact after just four days by significantly reducing subjects’ sensitivity to pain.

What are the risks associated with meditation? What if my doctor thinks it’s a bad idea?

There are absolutely no risks to your health or well-being, or your baby’s, if you practice meditation while pregnant. You can only experience benefits. This is true no matter your age, fertility history, or overall physical health. It’s a good idea to share this with your doctor, but we’d be shocked if he or she was opposed to your meditation practice.