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The Headspace Guide To...A Mindful Pregnancy: As Seen on Netflix

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Compared with a control group who read a pregnancy book, participants who took the class saw bigger decreases in their reports of pregnancy anxiety during the duration of the experiment. In the postpartum chapter Donegan describes ways of “becoming a mindful mother” by being present and kind to oneself. On one hand it is a beautiful looking book and contains some good info on yoga poses, nutrition and mindfulness practices, yet it also came across as preachy and at times dangerous.

In the 2016 Israeli study mentioned above, women’s reported levels of mindfulness after the experiment were linked to their babies’ Apgar scores, even after controlling for socioeconomic status. The thought of giving birth can be scary, especially if other women have been telling you about what it was like for them or you’ve been reading gory stories.Not only does cultivating moment-to-moment awareness of thoughts and surroundings seem to help pregnant women keep their stress down and their spirits up—benefits that are well-documented among other groups of people—it may also lead to healthier newborns with fewer developmental problems down the line. For boy babies, the difference in self-regulation was linked to their mindful mothers being less anxious. It’s normal for women to worry during pregnancy, but being unduly anxious can spoil this precious time. Birthing people need tremendous emotional support right now as they face uncertainty, and this book addresses that important, and often overlooked, need. Would have been better without the shout outs to his 'perfect' wife, who gained only 15lbs, ate mindfully and ran with Mo Farrah while 7months pregnant.

We headed over to our neighborhood reservoir for a walk, silent and smiley, exchanging part-confused part-happy looks, until we got two-thirds the way around to the green meadow. It's normal for women to worry during pregnancy, but being unduly anxious can spoil this precious time.

The book's design contributes directly to a calming, informative, and positive experience for me as the reader.

I mean, it's sweet, but also really annoying because she comes across as perfect in non-helpful ways. The app provides guided visualizations, meditations, and breathing techniques to help prepare for mindful birth. She currently teaches childbirth classes for Great Starts with the Parent Trust organization in Seattle, WA. Two hours a week for five weeks, the mindfulness group learned different meditations and how to cultivate awareness and acceptance of their thoughts and emotions. My four star review is based on the fact that I (a Headspace user) am already convinced of its usefulness.These cookies help provide information on metrics the number of visitors, bounce rate, traffic source, etc. I'm sure this book is pleasing to page through, given the publisher, but I just didn't think this was the best presentation of the information. Becoming pregnant is a beautiful moment in any person's life, but we understand that it can be challenging to keep your body nurtured and supported throughout this journey. The results suggest that incorporating mindfulness into antenatal education can help mums to cope better with their fears. When I started reading Mindful Pregnancy (DK, 2020) by Tracy Donegan, there were just a few confirmed cases of COVID-19 in my state of Washington.

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