For many women, being pregnant isn't all cute bump-cradling photos and sweet moments of counting baby kicks as you lounge on the couch. There are moments that can be taxing emotionally and physically. No matter which trimester you're in, now's a good time as any to try these free meditation apps for pregnant women to help keep you calm and centered before, during, and after childbirth.
Between the physical symptoms you deal with when expecting (like nausea, headaches, and body aches to name just a few) and having to figure out the logistics of raising a child, the prenatal period can be stress-inducing. There are many benefits to meditating during pregnancy to help with this anxiety. Practicing mindful meditation has been shown to reduce stress significantly, lower feelings of depression and anxiety, and boost positive feelings of happiness, according to Harvard Health Publishing. It gives you the tools to step back from your emotions and learn how to deal with them in a more constructive way.
In fact, a 2015 study in the journal Early Human Development concluded that when women meditated during pregnancy, they were able to more effectively read baby's cues, respond more positively, and they even perceived their baby as "easier."
So breathe in, breathe out, and get your prenatal zen on with these free pregnancy meditation apps.