Mind the Bump is a fabulous new App developed by Smiling Mind and beyondblue with the help of psychiatrists and psychologists who specialise in Mindfulness Meditation, mental health, perinatal health and online wellbeing.
The free Mindfulness Meditation App aims to help individuals and couples support their mental and emotional wellbeing in preparation for having a baby and becoming a new parent.
There are loads of tailored exercises to support parents from day one of pregnancy through to 24 months after birth and is geared towards mothers, fathers, single parents and same sex couples. It can also be used by health professionals working with new and expecting parents.
Download the Mind the Bump App from here.
So What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is simply the process of paying attention to the present moment, with purpose and without judgment.
The Mind the Bump App contains activities that help to train the brain and strengthen one’s ability to be mindful, which further increases an individuals capacity to manage stress, change, and build connections.
A Child’s Brain Development
On the flip side, mindfulness is an incredibly useful tool for optimal child development as well.
It’s now clear from decades of research that as a young child’s brain develops over time, mindfully caring for them increases the chances they grow up to be mentally and emotionally well balanced and better able to handle life.
Here is a great video describing the importance of mindfulness on a child’s brain development.