Breathing in labour
The Different Ways in Which Breathing Can Help During Labour
Breathing in a rhythmic way at the time of labour increases the quantity of oxygen that both you and the baby received. The correct breathing techniques may as well assist you in enduring the pain during the contractions.
The breathing becomes rapid and shallow when you are frightened and tensed. Your shoulders are pulled towards the ears in an upward direction. This tightens the muscles of your shoulder and neck region and makes them rigid. The breathing starts over when you panic, and this makes you s**k in and out air to the lungs in very short and sharp puffs.
While you start breathing in a panicked state, the oxygen intake goes down. It is not good for you or your baby, as the supply of oxygen for both you and the baby reduces. You start feeling uneasy, and can become light-headed. Soon enough, you can go out of control. There can be numbness in your mouth, and a pricking pain on the fingers.
Panicked breathing is quite common in a situation where you are feeling fearful or stressed. Though this condition is quite normal, but it makes you tired very easily. During labour, your objective is to save your energy as much as you can, so that your baby gets adequate oxygen, because it assists him to bear the stress while he is trying to enter the world. Rhythmic breathing will help you immensely here.
Patterns of Breathing during Labour
To understand the normal breathing rhythm, you must focus on it right now by closing your eyes.
You will soon discover that it is indeed extremely rhythmic. You will see that there's always a slight pause between your breathing in and out motion. The depth and length of both your in-breath and out-breath are the same. Just before you breath-in again, there is a little pause.
Rhythmic breathing must be maintained. You should never allow the breath-in length to get more than that of the breath-out, whereas the opposite might not be as harmful.
Your breaths would become shallow as you will have strong contractions. There is no harm in this type of breathing, till the time the breathing turns into panic-breathing.
Simple Methods of Breathing
You should always practice relaxation methods and strategies when you are pregnant. It is important that you do so, because, you can then utilize them effectively during labour. You must practice some of the ... continue reading