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Book review: ''For a Blissful Baby''    Translate This Article
15 November 2014

Anyone who practices Transcendental Meditation and is planning or expecting a baby will probably come across the book ''For a Blissful Baby: Healthy and Happy Pregnancy with Maharishi Vedic Medicine.''

Indispensable, practical, tips for expectant and new mothers

For a Blissful Baby upholds the tradition of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's Vedic approach to health by linking the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda with findings from modern day medical research. It offers knowledge for every mother to provide the best environment at every stage of her baby's growth such as diet, exercise, daily routine, and simple massage instructions—holistic principles that enliven nature's intelligence.

Why is it important to relax during pregnancy? Recent studies suggest that excessive stress, whether physical or emotional, can cause the body to produce hormones that may increase the likelihood of difficulties during pregnancy and delivery. Stress and anxiety can also have a negative impact on the fetus and may have long-term effects on the child, including hyperactivity.

The central message of this great book could be summed up as follows: For a blissful baby we need a blissful mommy. Because the happiness and health of the mother and the child are inextricably linked—not only through pregnancy and childbirth, but also during the post-partum period—it is of utmost importance to take care of the physical and mental well-being of the mother. Only then will she be able to do the same for her new-born and for her family.

A healthy physiological response occurs during TM practice as indicated by decreased stress hormones, improved cardiovascular health and more orderly coherent brain functioning. Newborns whose mom's meditate reportedly sleep better, fuss less, and are naturally blissful babies.

Let's face it: Modern motherhood 
is a tricky thing

While the concept that the well-being of the mother and the baby are interlinked might sound like common sense to some, the book persuades readers to really own this idea. The authors underline the importance of Transcendental Meditation, scientifically validated to provide rest, relaxation and stress relief. They also describe how to take care of the body in order to facilitate quick and complete recovery from pregnancy and birth.

A reader says: 'We all know how important rest is during pregnancy but if you ever had any doubts on what is the best way to get that rest, read this book . . . . birth was effortless and so happy. The most important recommendation—learn and practice Transcendental Meditation—is the best advice I could give any expectant mother. This book is filled with convincing scientific studies if you are hesitant.'
— Amanda

In the contemporary industrialized nations, where children are increasingly born to couples who live far away from their extended families and/or both work outside home, mothers are often feeling socially isolated. They feel burdened with taking care of the entire household and a new-born. Or they feel the silent expectation of having to return to work before they have really been able to recover from pregnancy and childbirth, both physically and mentally.

Due to these patterns in the modern social fabric, contemporary mothers often neglect their own needs and face mental and physical burn-out as a result.

Ancient wisdom, modern evidence, practical advice

Advice is provided for all stages of motherhood from conception to introducing solid food to the baby. It gives practical tips on how to eat for two, stick to a healthy routine, plan one's exercise schedule, and most important, maintaining mental balance and inner happiness.

Recommendations are fully compatible with contemporary obstetric care—scientific references and case histories.

Points covered by this book are often illustrated with testimonies from mothers, many of whom can make important comparisons based on their own personal experience. The way these women describe their experience of pregnancy and motherhood with and without following the wisdom of this book is touching, and eye-opening.

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