Only seconds later you wonder, “What will I be like as a mother?”
Pregnancy is a natural time for self-assessment and improvement.
It’s also a time for a wide range of emotions, including some negative ones such as anxiety, depression, fear and poor body image.
Janelle McNeal, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist and mother of two young boys. This summer, she is offering Mindful Motherhood, a program catered specifically to pregnant women.
The goal is to help women fully experience this unique time of life.
Mindfulness is a term that describes being aware and accepting of your thoughts, emotions and physical sensations.
Mindful Motherhood is an intensive, eight-week group training for pregnant women in mindfulness.
Participants learn techniques of mindful breathing, meditation and mindful movement, including gentle yoga positions and walking.
The yoga work deepens the mother’s relationship with the baby while still in the womb.
Another technique women will learn is mindful everyday living, such as being fully present during everyday tasks including washing dishes, driving or running errands.
Pregnant women will learn to increase self-compassion and gratitude, and face difficulties with a sense of openness and willingness to cope with whatever happens.
Frequent outcomes of the training include: reduced stress and anxiety, improved ability to go with the flow of your emotions, taking better care of yourself physically, such as eating healthier food and getting better sleep, and improving the attachment between you and your baby even during stressful times.
The eight-week program will be held at Baby Moon, 2891 Richmond Road, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, June 11 through July 30.
Cost of the training is either $500, $400 or $300 – you choose based on your financial ability.
The size of the group is limited to allow for individualized attention.
Info: visit www.janellemcneal.com, or call Dr. McNeal at (859) 389-6904 or contact her by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.