Mindfulness: Body Scan Exercise

The Body Scan Exercise can be done anywhere: in bed, seated, standing, or while walking or hiking. During pregnancy and the postpartum period, women’s bodies undergo a tremendous amount of change. The body scan exercise can help you feel grounded and connected to your body even as it seems to change daily. For partners, adoptive parents, and others, this exercise is equally helpful in bringing non-judgemental body awareness and centering.

You can practice this exercise alone or have someone read it to you.

Body Scan Exercise from the Mothers and Babies One-On-One Participant Manual. Adapted for MamaWise.