Recommended Breathing & Relaxation Techniques During Labour

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Labour is going to be one of the most concerning as well as the intimidating part of pregnancy, particularly if you are a first-time mom. But not to worry, you could deal with your labour better by simply trying out this few relaxation and breathing techniques during labour.


The midwives and doctors, who are experienced do believe that practising such exercises will help you stay calm during your labour and ease up the entire process for you. Here we list some of these exercises that might help.


Controlled relaxation and breathing exercises work and could also reduce your intensity of labour pains significantly. A lot of women have practised these exercises during labour, and they do tend to feel more in control of their bodies and are able to give birth to their child much easier.


If you practice slow breathing exercises during your labour, it is said to help you in handling your contractions better. Rhythmic breathing exercises to reduce the risk of both Cesarean and assisted births in women.


Major Problems Faced During Delivery:


The experience of contractions and the progress into childbirth could be a fearsome experience for a first-time mom.

  • Most women breathe and tend to get hyperventilated. Hence the expecting mother inhales short bursts of oxygen.
  • This is a disturbing to the process of delivery because the mother will need to control her feelings of dread and fear for facilitating a good delivery.
  • If you are panicking and your irregular breathing sends the body signals symbolising to halt the production of oxytocin. Oxytocin is a hormone which is responsible for helping you as you progress through your labour.
  • If the muscles of the body start to get tense and contract due to the exposure to a panic mode which will result in the mother breathing heavily and slowly. This will cut the oxygen supply of oxygen to your body which is crucial during labour.


Recommended Breathing Techniques During Labor And Delivery


Concentrating on your breathing is one of the best ways for calming down during labour and try to keep it steady, deep. We list some of the tips to keep a check while performing breathing techniques during labour:

  • In order to help you minimise and de-stress many complications linked with a normal delivery, rhythmic breathing during is recommended.
  • Your breathing tends to become shallow and shorter as you slip into the pushing stage of labour. Try hard to keep it in control and keep saying to yourself the word ‘relax’ as you breathe in and out.
  • Another way is to try counting your breaths. As you breathe in count up to 5 and keep repeating the same as you breathe out.
  • Remember to have a short pause in the middle of your breathe-ins and breathe-outs and make sure they cover the same length of time.
  • To stay relaxed, breathe in using your nose and breathe out through your mouth. Make use of this technique as you experience strong contractions.
  • Do not ignore the fact that, holding your breath for a longer period of time could be dangerous.
  • To make it one of your habit, it is a good idea to keep on practising breathing exercises during your pregnancy period, so that it comes naturally to you.

It is a brilliant idea to get yourself enrolled for some pregnancy yoga classes to learn more of various breathing techniques to try during different stages of labour.