Is your doctor telling you everything is fine, but you're still feeling anxious during your pregnancy?
The Pregnancy Brain Course is for you if you're pregnant after infertility, loss or prematurity or you're pregnant during a global pandemic, do not have complications in this pregnancy, but still your anxiety has never been so high.
Does this sound familiar?
>> You've become an expert in imagining worst case scenarios in pristine detail.
>> You cannot fall asleep easily and resort to exhausting yourself until you crash at night, hoping that you can stay asleep through the night.
>> The hamster wheel of anxious and depressive thoughts is running at full speed and nothing you do is making it stop.
>> You've become very sensitive to baby's movements, making it impossible to rest.
>> The idea of giving birth terrifies you, and it's magnified by the fear that you might have to deliver alone.
>> You consistently find yourself in a loop of worrying about baby and then worrying that your worrying is affecting your baby, but you don't know how to stop.
The worst part?
Nothing you usually rely on to manage your anxiety is working.
WHY IS THIS HAPPENING?
You're living in survival mode. The sensations you're experiencing as anxiety are actually survival stress that's stuck in your body.
Another way to put it: there's a bear chasing you and you have nowhere to run.
What you're feeling is not anxiety but fear.
Fear does not respond to positivity, gratitude, a mindset shift or traditional anxiety management strategies!
The antidote to fear is safety.
When you feel safe, you improve your nervous system health, which has a cascading effect on the health of your pregnancy:
Fewer hospitalizations and cesarean sections, leaving you with more options for your labor and delivery.
Reduced risk of PPROM, intrauterine infection, and spontaneous preterm delivery because of a decrease in inflammatory markers.
Longer gestation and delayed preterm delivery by decreasing blood pressure, supporting stable blood glucose levels and slowing or stopping preterm contractions.
Increased fetal heart variability, which can indicate that baby is moving as expected and is generally feeling well.
Higher weight and Apgar scores for baby, which can mean less time (if any) in the NICU
Improved sleep throughout the pregnancy, allowing you to rest while you grow your baby.
WHEN YOU TAKE THE FEAR OUT OF YOUR PREGNANCY,
BOTH YOU AND BABY BENEFIT
What you'll get when you register
for this 24-day course
A powerful, but easy to understand training of what the stress cycle is, how it impacts pregnancy (and how it does not) and how stuck survival stress may show up in your body during pregnancy. This is critical to understand so you know that you're not crazy, broken or weak. You're not being too negative. Your body is functioning exactly as it should in survival mode. When we deeply understand this, it's much easier to experience the shifts out of survival mode and into safety.
BODY SAFETY EXERCISES
Six powerful neurobiological & sensory exercises to gently restore a sense of safety in your body, improve your nervous system health, and reduce your risk of complications. Taking no more than 15 minutes at a time, these guided audios are exercises you can take anywhere - in the car, on your phone in the doctor's waiting room, and even during an ultrasound or bloodwork. With lifetime access to these exercises, you'll be able review them time and time again, during this pregnancy and any future pregnancies, as well. None of them tell you to breathe deeply or be more positive!
There is so much outdated and inaccurate information about stress physiology and pregnancy. Through this course, you can submit a question directly to Parijat and receive access to a resource library with the most up-to-date information on your nervous system health, pregnancy, fetal development, pregnancy outcomes and maternal health during and after pregnancy.
When you register, you'll receive journal prompts to keep you connected with your body throughout the course and beyond PLUS a video masterclass to help you and your partner cope with bed rest at home and in the hospital are included with your registration.
For 24 days, you'll receive an email with tools, techniques, inspiration, motivation and information on how to move your body from survival mode to safety and reduce your risk of pregnancy complications.
This is not a course about mindfulness, deep breathing and practicing gratitude.
Let's be honest, if that's all it took to see improvement in your anxiety, overwhelm or worries during pregnancy, you would have seen it by now.
This gentle, self-paced course offers what all of those self-help tools and many therapeutic tools miss: working with survival stress at the body-level where it is stored.
When you can gently come out of survival mode and into safety, you also reduce your risk of developing pregnancy complications.
WHAT THIS COURSE IS DESIGNED TO HELP WITH
Relieving anxiety in a pregnancy without complications
Releasing fear during your pregnancy
Alleviating symptoms of acute stress, worry, and nervousness
WHAT THIS COURSE IS NOT DESIGNED TO HELP WITH
Relieving traumatic stress, chronic stress, grief after death and non-death losses
Releasing anxiety and fear during a pregnancy with pregnancy complications
Personalized solutions to help you reduce your risk of complications & preterm delivery
Ready to take the anxiety
out of your pregnancy?
I want you to experience for yourself the power of your body. I want you to actually feel all the ways you can influence how you feel emotionally and notice how your health and pregnancy responds to your efforts.
Whether you're going through a pregnancy after infertility, pregnancy after loss or pregnancy after prematurity, you can experience peace, calm, and hope that lasts through your pregnancy until you meet your baby.
Still have questions?
I don't have a high-risk pregnancy but I am very anxious during this pregnancy? Can I still take your course?
Yes absolutely! While women who are experiencing a high-risk pregnancy, pregnancy after loss, pregnancy after infertility or pregnancy after prematurity are at higher risk for anxiety, stress and depression during pregnancy, you will definitely benefit from the course even if you have a low-risk pregnancy and are feeling anxious.
I've already tried a bunch of mindfulness apps. How is this any different?
Most of these mindfulness apps miss a critical piece of the puzzle, which the concept of safety. If the apps haven't taught you how to move through fight/flight/freeze and come back to a feeling of safety in your body, that's likely why they haven't been as helpful as you'd hoped. The Pregnancy Brain Course is your introductory course to helping you feel safe again so you feel less anxious and improve the health of your pregnancy.
I already have Pregnancy Brain your book. How is this any different?
The book is not a replacement for the course. There is a difference between reading about what's possible and processing it intellectually, and actually experiencing the impact of improved nervous system health and stress/anxiety release.
Additionally, there are tools, techniques and additional content in the course that are not in the book.
Is this the only resource I need to release stress during my pregnancy?
The Pregnancy Brain Course is a great foundational step to lay the groundwork to experience less anxiety, lowered stress, and improved mood if you don't currently have pregnancy complications.
Is this program going to teach me how to heal my past trauma and losses?
No, and there's a reason for that! Deep healing work should be done in a way that is very specific to your body and your health during pregnancy. The delicate balance that your body keeps between your nervous system, endocrine system and immune suystem to maintain a healthy pregnancy can be easily altered with deep healing work if the tools and strategies you use are not tailored to your specific body.
If you find that your pregnancy is triggering trauma from your previous high-risk pregnancy, I highly recommend the Path to Baby program for you instead, which is personalized to your body, and your health.
How much time is this going to take?
The exercises themselves don't take more than 15 minutes at a time. You'll be encouraged to do them multiple times per day, but most are simple enough that you can do them almost anywhere.
How long does this course go for?
This is a self-paced course and you will receive emails every day for 3 weeks. You have lifetime access to the materials and any updates I make to the course material.
Can I talk to Parijat during this course?
This is a self-paced, virtual course that does not include a live component. If you'd like more personalized support, please review the Path to Baby program.
Will there be new content every day for 24 days?
Oh no! That is far too much new material to try all at once. The course is designed intentioanlly with pre-determined rest days, catch up days and breaks so that you do not overload your system. Progress is seen in these days of rest and in the repetition of the techniques you'll learn.
Parijat Deshpande is the leading high-risk pregnancy specialist, somatic trauma professional, speaker and author who guides women to manage their pregnancy complications so they can give their baby a strong start to life.
Her work is inspired by her personal experiences with infertility, a high-risk pregnancy, and an extremely preterm delivery, Her unique approach has served hundreds of women to manage pregnancy complications and reclaim a safety and trust in their bodies that they thought was eroded forever.
Parijat is the author of bestselling book Pregnancy Brain: A Mind-Body Approach to Stress Management During a High-Risk Pregnancy. She is also the host of the popular podcast Delivering Miracles®, that discusses the real, raw side of family-building including infertility, loss, high-risk pregnancy, bed rest, prematurity and healing once baby comes home.