Many types of meditation suggest that you regularly use the same technique. It's through consistent practice that the body and mind learn to trust that they will get what they need. Predictability is key in loosening and releasing stress. When you are pregnant the best predictable routine is to meditate often. Your body and mind will begin to trust that you will meditate whenever you need it.
I love all forms of meditation and practice different techniques every day, depending on how I am feeling. When I’m worn out or overwhelmed by all the things I have to do, I practice a mantra-based meditation. When I am feeling regretful or frustrated, I use a guided meditation to forgive myself for mistakes I’ve made in the past. When I’m feeling worried about the future, I practice breath meditation to bring me into the present moment.
As you practice more, you’ll figure out which techniques are easier for you and bring you comfort during specific challenges. You will know which techniques help you to feel relaxed and which ones help you feel energized. Practice often.
As your belly grows you'll begin to see and feel how meditation affects the baby, too. Your baby can feel when you're stressed, excited, and relaxed. Your baby gets saturated in your emotions. The more you meditate, the more the baby gets to swim in your good feelings.
Most of the time meditation is all about you—relieving your stress plus making you feel good. But now meditation is about you and your baby. It's a time when you are quiet and in the moment with your baby. It's a bonding experience in the deepest, most intimate form. You will begin to know yourself and your baby more.
Without putting your attention on it, you will notice how the baby’s movements change when you meditate. Some of my babies got really quiet during meditation while others got very active. In every pregnancy, it was obvious that the baby could feel I was meditating because of the way they moved.