Let all the tension leave your body
Utilize your breath to help deepen your relaxation
Breathing Skills for Birth & Life
We can use our breath to help release tension, which improves blood flow to the uterus and baby and facilitates positive pain relieving hormone production
Learning breathing techniques to help facilitate relaxation is a skill that is valuable for all stages of life. When our body is not in a state of heightened stress our automatic processes will work without inhibition, helping our body to stay in a better state of health, repairing and rebuilding, digesting well and more. In pregnancy it has profound implications on how the labor and birth move forward, protecting the mother and baby and creating comfort for the laboring mom.
Practice often so that it becomes automatic to drop the tension from the top of your body down through the bottom.
Check the relaxation points: Forehead, Eyes, Jaw, Throat, Shoulders down through your back and under you.
Let your bottom be completely soft.
Send Oxygen to Your Baby
If we take long, slow deep oxygenating breaths, we are providing our placenta with the resources it needs to support our baby. We are also giving our uterus, a giant muscle, an adequate amount of oxygen and adequate blood flow for it to contract smoothly, efficiently and more comfortably. Practice is really important. It doesn't take long either. One of the easiest times to practice is once everything is done for the day and it is time to relax into the bed, sinking into the pillow, letting the space hold your body and taking deep slow breaths. Focus on awareness of where your body connects with the surface underneath you. Let this hold all of your body, completely letting go.
Relaxation is the absence of tension
Practice is essential
The more we practice the easier it will be to quickly and deeply go into relaxation for each contraction.