The day I found out I was pregnant felt like the first day at a new job. There was a ton of excitement at first, but that was quickly replaced with a tremendous amount of anxiety and fear that I had no clue what I was doing.
Originally I thought these feelings would fade as I got the hang of being pregnant, but instead they grew stronger. Decisions around testing, the health of my baby, the future of my career, and the uncertainty of my life as a mother left me feeling stressed, insecure, and overwhelmed.
A friend who knew what I was going through recommended that I give meditation a try. Desperate for some relief, I decided it was worth a shot.
Although I had tried to develop a practice in the past, it never really stuck. But I had a feeling that my emotional state couldn't be healthy for my baby so I set a goal of daily meditation for 30 days to see if it allowed me to relax.