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Meditation prevents Post-Partum
depression affects nearly 20 percent of new mothers. It usually
occurs in the first two weeks to six months after the baby is
born. One way to prevent postpartum depression is to focus on the
positives of being a new mother.
“It’s important that new mothers don’t become overwhelmed and lose
the excitement of the child’s birth amidst all the stress of
having a baby,” says Ellen Sue Stern, author of “Reflections
for New Mothers”
(Meadowbrook Press). “After giving birth many mothers experience
anxiety and low self-esteem. They may lack confidence in their
parenting ability. One way to overcome these feelings of
inadequacy is through meditation."
Here are a couple of meditation reflections, followed by
affirmations that Stern offers in her book, “Reflections
for New Mothers.”
Awed. Overwhelmed. Flooded with tenderness that you never
imagined. None of these words entirely describes the waves of
emotion you feel as you cradle your baby in your arms. Such deep
and boundless love. Such passionate commitment. And so much at
stake. Although you may tell your child how much you love him
every day for the rest of your life, it’s impossible to convey
completely the pure emotional intensity experienced in the early
weeks of motherhood. Invest in a journal and try to express your
feelings now, while they’re fresh. Or write a letter to your
child, one that will serve as a keepsake of the first precious
days of your life together.
Affirmation: I love you more than words can say.
You’re not born with the feelings or the skills that are necessary
to be a good mother. You have years—in fact, your whole
lifetime—to become a better, more effective parent. You learn from
your mistakes, from reading and talking to parents, and mostly
from spending time getting to know your child. As you come to know
your child—what each cry means, her likes and dislikes, her
idiosyncrasies—you get better and better at giving her what she
needs. And as your skills grow, so does you love. With each
passing year your child becomes dearer and dearer to you, and you
become more confident in your ability to nurture and guide. You’re
already a better parent than you were two weeks ago. And you’ll be
a better parent two months from now and two years from now. But
that is only if you are willing to grow on the job.
Affirmation: I have the rest of my life to become the
parent I want to be.
Author: FeatureSource Staff
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