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Meditation Matters

Over the past decade there have been hundreds of studies on the science of mindfulness and meditation, as well as the unwanted effects that stress and anxiety can create during pregnancy.

Read on to learn about the research on meditation during pregnancy, and why it’s so important for you and your baby.


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REDUCED STRESS &
ANXIETY


None of us can predict or control all the factors that can lead to increased stress, especially during pregnancy. But practicing regular meditation can significantly reduce stress and anxiety levels.1 Through meditation you can learn to maintain an inner calm regardless of your external circumstances.

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REDUCED STRESS &
ANXIETY

None of us can predict or control all the factors that can lead to increased stress, especially during pregnancy. But practicing regular meditation can significantly reduce stress and anxiety levels.1 Through meditation you can learn to maintain an inner calm regardless of your external circumstances.

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IMPROVED CHILD
OUTCOME

Mindfulness training during pregnancy has been associated with less infant self-regulation problems, and less infant negative affectivity.2 It has also been shown to increase the frequency of sound that a baby can hear at birth.3

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REDUCED PAIN
DURING LABOR

A study done on a group of people who attended a four-day mindfulness meditation training found that they were able to decrease the intensity of painful stimulus by 40 percent. 3 Neuroscientists have also discovered that meditators are likely to have lower pain sensitivity in general. Pain reduction can help you have an easier pregnancy, delivery, and recovery, no matter what your birth plan looks like.4

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INCREASED
CONNECTION

Meditation increases your ability to recognize emotions in others and to practice compassion.6 These skills can help cultivate a stronger relationship with your partner and make you feel more connected to your baby.

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HEALTHY
PREGNANCY

A study that explored preterm birth found that women that participated in a mindfulness training program were 50% less likely to give birth early than women with no mindfulness education.7

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ENHANCED
IMMUNITY

Meditation enhances the body’s immune function.8 This can help protect you and your baby from illness—before and after delivery.8

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REDUCED STRESS &
ANXIETY

None of us can predict or control all the factors that can lead to increased stress, especially during pregnancy. But practicing regular meditation can significantly reduce stress and anxiety levels.1 Through meditation you can learn to maintain an inner calm regardless of your external circumstances.

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IMPROVED CHILD
OUTCOME

Mindfulness training during pregnancy has been associated with less infant self-regulation problems, and less infant negative affectivity.2 It has also been shown to increase the frequency of sound that a baby can hear at birth.3

goose

REDUCED PAIN
DURING LABOR

A study done on a group of people who attended a four-day mindfulness meditation training found that they were able to decrease the intensity of painful stimulus by 40 percent. 3 Neuroscientists have also discovered that meditators are likely to have lower pain sensitivity in general. Pain reduction can help you have an easier pregnancy, delivery, and recovery, no matter what your birth plan looks like.4

connection

INCREASED
CONNECTION

Meditation increases your ability to recognize emotions in others and to practice compassion.6 These skills can help cultivate a stronger relationship with your partner and make you feel more connected to your baby.

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HEALTHY
PREGNANCY

A study that explored preterm birth found that women that participated in a mindfulness training program were 50% less likely to give birth early than women with no mindfulness education.7

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ENHANCED
IMMUNITY

Meditation enhances the body’s immune function.8 This can help protect you and your baby from illness—before and after delivery.8

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REDUCED STRESS &
ANXIETY

None of us can predict or control all the factors that can lead to increased stress, especially during pregnancy. But practicing regular meditation can significantly reduce stress and anxiety levels.1 Through meditation you can learn to maintain an inner calm regardless of your external circumstances.

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IMPROVED CHILD
OUTCOME

Mindfulness training during pregnancy has been associated with less infant self-regulation problems, and less infant negative affectivity.2 It has also been shown to increase the frequency of sound that a baby can hear at birth.3

goose

REDUCED PAIN
DURING LABOR

A study done on a group of people who attended a four-day mindfulness meditation training found that they were able to decrease the intensity of painful stimulus by 40 percent. 3 Neuroscientists have also discovered that meditators are likely to have lower pain sensitivity in general. Pain reduction can help you have an easier pregnancy, delivery, and recovery, no matter what your birth plan looks like.4

connection

INCREASED
CONNECTION

Meditation increases your ability to recognize emotions in others and to practice compassion.6 These skills can help cultivate a stronger relationship with your partner and make you feel more connected to your baby.

rose

HEALTHY
PREGNANCY

A study that explored preterm birth found that women that participated in a mindfulness training program were 50% less likely to give birth early than women with no mindfulness education.7

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ENHANCED
IMMUNITY

Meditation enhances the body’s immune function.8 This can help protect you and your baby from illness—before and after delivery.8

coffee

REDUCED STRESS &
ANXIETY

None of us can predict or control all the factors that can lead to increased stress, especially during pregnancy. But practicing regular meditation can significantly reduce stress and anxiety levels.1 Through meditation you can learn to maintain an inner calm regardless of your external circumstances.

star

IMPROVED CHILD
OUTCOME

Mindfulness training during pregnancy has been associated with less infant self-regulation problems, and less infant negative affectivity.2 It has also been shown to increase the frequency of sound that a baby can hear at birth.3

goose

REDUCED PAIN
DURING LABOR

A study done on a group of people who attended a four-day mindfulness meditation training found that they were able to decrease the intensity of painful stimulus by 40 percent. 3 Neuroscientists have also discovered that meditators are likely to have lower pain sensitivity in general. Pain reduction can help you have an easier pregnancy, delivery, and recovery, no matter what your birth plan looks like.4

connection

INCREASED
CONNECTION

Meditation increases your ability to recognize emotions in others and to practice compassion.6 These skills can help cultivate a stronger relationship with your partner and make you feel more connected to your baby.

rose

HEALTHY
PREGNANCY

A study that explored preterm birth found that women that participated in a mindfulness training program were 50% less likely to give birth early than women with no mindfulness education.7

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ENHANCED
IMMUNITY

Meditation enhances the body’s immune function.8 This can help protect you and your baby from illness—before and after delivery.8

coffee

REDUCED STRESS &
ANXIETY

None of us can predict or control all the factors that can lead to increased stress, especially during pregnancy. But practicing regular meditation can significantly reduce stress and anxiety levels.1 Through meditation you can learn to maintain an inner calm regardless of your external circumstances.

star

IMPROVED CHILD
OUTCOME

Mindfulness training during pregnancy has been associated with less infant self-regulation problems, and less infant negative affectivity.2 It has also been shown to increase the frequency of sound that a baby can hear at birth.3

goose

REDUCED PAIN
DURING LABOR

A study done on a group of people who attended a four-day mindfulness meditation training found that they were able to decrease the intensity of painful stimulus by 40 percent. 3 Neuroscientists have also discovered that meditators are likely to have lower pain sensitivity in general. Pain reduction can help you have an easier pregnancy, delivery, and recovery, no matter what your birth plan looks like.4

connection

INCREASED
CONNECTION

Meditation increases your ability to recognize emotions in others and to practice compassion.6 These skills can help cultivate a stronger relationship with your partner and make you feel more connected to your baby.

rose

HEALTHY
PREGNANCY

A study that explored preterm birth found that women that participated in a mindfulness training program were 50% less likely to give birth early than women with no mindfulness education.7

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ENHANCED
IMMUNITY

Meditation enhances the body’s immune function.8 This can help protect you and your baby from illness—before and after delivery.8

coffee

REDUCED STRESS &
ANXIETY

None of us can predict or control all the factors that can lead to increased stress, especially during pregnancy. But practicing regular meditation can significantly reduce stress and anxiety levels.1 Through meditation you can learn to maintain an inner calm regardless of your external circumstances.

star

IMPROVED CHILD
OUTCOME

Mindfulness training during pregnancy has been associated with less infant self-regulation problems, and less infant negative affectivity.2 It has also been shown to increase the frequency of sound that a baby can hear at birth.3

goose

REDUCED PAIN
DURING LABOR

A study done on a group of people who attended a four-day mindfulness meditation training found that they were able to decrease the intensity of painful stimulus by 40 percent. 3 Neuroscientists have also discovered that meditators are likely to have lower pain sensitivity in general. Pain reduction can help you have an easier pregnancy, delivery, and recovery, no matter what your birth plan looks like.4

connection

INCREASED
CONNECTION

Meditation increases your ability to recognize emotions in others and to practice compassion.6 These skills can help cultivate a stronger relationship with your partner and make you feel more connected to your baby.

rose

HEALTHY
PREGNANCY

A study that explored preterm birth found that women that participated in a mindfulness training program were 50% less likely to give birth early than women with no mindfulness education.7

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ENHANCED
IMMUNITY

Meditation enhances the body’s immune function.8 This can help protect you and your baby from illness—before and after delivery.8

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  1. Effects of a mindfulness-based intervention during pregnancy on prenatal stress and mood: results of a pilot study. Vieten C, Astin J. Archive of Women’s Mental Health. 2008; 11910:67-74.
  2. Maternal mindfulness during pregnancy and infant socio-emotional development and temperament: The mediating role of maternal anxiety, van den Heuvel M.I. et al., Early Human Development, Vol. 91, Issue 2, 103-108​.
  3. Maternal mindfulness and anxiety during pregnancy affect infants’ neural responses to sounds. ben den Heuvel M.I., Donkers FC, EWinkler I, Otte RA, Van den Bergh BR. Soc Cogn Affect Neurosci. 2015 March; 10(3); 453-60.
  4. Zeidan, F., Martucci, K., Kraft, R., Gordon, N., McHaffie, J. & Coghill, R. (2011). Brain mechanisms supporting the modulation of pain by mindfulness meditation. The Journal of Neuroscience 31(14). 5540–5548.
  1. Grant, J., Courtemanche, J., Duerden, E. & Duncan, G. (2010). Cortical thickness and pain sensitivity in zen meditators. Emotion 10(1). 43–53.
  2. Kemeny, M., Foltz, C., Cullen, M., Jennings, P., Gillath, O., Wallace, A., Cavanagh, J., Giese-Davis, J., Rosenberg, E., Shaver, P. & Ekman, P. (2011). Contemplative/emotion training reduces negative emotional behavior and promotes prosocial responses. American Psychological Association 12(2). 338–350.
  3. Meditation for preterm birth prevention: A randomized controlled trail in Udonthani, Thailand. Sriboonpimsuay W, Promthet S, Thinkhamrop J, Krisanaprakornkit T. International Journal of Public Health. Vol 1, No 1 pp 31-39.
  4. Davidson, R., Kabat-Zinn, J., Schumacher, J., Rosenkranz, M., Muller, D., Santorelli, S., Urbanowski, F., Harrington, A., Bonus, K. & Sheridan, J. (2003). Alterations in brain and immune function produced by mindfulness meditation. Psychosomatic Medicine 65. 564–570.