Meditation and Motherhood: A Mindfulness Journey — 048

Mar 5

Today’s guest, Anna Gannon, is a Mother, Writer, Yoga Teacher and Co-Founder and Community Guide at At 7 ½ months pregnant she was let go from her position as a yoga instructor and uncertain of her next steps.  Anna had always struggled with depression and while she had never previously used meditation as a tool, a timely connection opened her up to the world of mindfulness – and had a life-saving impact on her postpartum experience.

Anna hadn’t done a lot of preparation for her daughter’s birth, reflecting the experience of her mother who never complained and had seven children. But, when she experienced breastfeeding issues so severe her nipples were cracked and bleeding and she had difficulty sleeping, the meditation she’d been experimenting with would become a non-negotiable daily practice.

Anna is passionate about the benefits of meditation for mothers.  Facing postpartum depression and at one point questioning whether her daughter would be better off without her, she describes meditation as saving her life.  As the Co-Founder and Community Guide at Expectful, she has created a safe place for women to share, to listen, and to be heard in supportive conversations during their fertility, pregnancy, and motherhood journey. This episode launches our collaboration with Expectful, a guided meditation app for each stage of the motherhood journey – you can sign up for an exclusive 1 month free trial here!



In This Episode:

  • Overcoming emotional and physical challenges during pregnancy

  • How she dealt with breastfeeding and sleep issues

  • How meditation can assist mothers through every stage of motherhood

  • How using meditations can ease postpartum depression

  • The importance of support and community for women

  • How to be more present in life

  • How to calm your thoughts

  • How to celebrate and experience the whole spectrum of motherhood

  • How to get a free 1 month trial of guided meditations through Expectful

  • Join us for our 3o Days of Mindfulness this month – more info on our Facebook page


Show Notes:

Expectful — 1 Month Free Trial for MotherBirth Community Members

Expectful on Facebook

30 Days of Mindfulness with Motherbirth and Expectful






About Our Guest:

Anna Gannon is a mom, the Community Guide and Co-Founder at Expectful, a Writer and a Yoga & Meditation Guide. Her work has been featured on The Huffington Post, MindBodyGreen, Yoga Today and The Expectful Blog. She was also a presenter at the 2014 Yoga Journal LIVE Event and the 2015 ECA fitness conference.

Anna is passionate about the importance of the mind, body, and sometimes baby connection. Her mission is to improve women’s emotional health during their fertility, pregnancy and new motherhood experience by sharing open and honest stories, educating them on the benefits of meditation and movement and most importantly, letting them know they are never alone.

You can find Anna on Instagram.

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