4 Breathing Techniques Relieving Pain For Pregnant Women During Labor

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There’re lots of effectively supporting methods to relieve pain for pregnant women during pregnancy, one of which is proper breathing.

Breathing properly helps to relieve pain during labor as well as increases the amount of oxygen for both mom and baby. When being stressed or panic, the breath becomes fast and shallow, which can make you lose control and soon exhausted. So, learning the proper breathing technique will help pregnant women during labor.

1.        Deep – slow breathing

This kind of breathing is used in the first stage of labor, when the cervix dilates less than 3 cm.

When the uterine contraction happens, start with a deep breath then breathe slowly – deeply (inhale through nose, exhale through mouth), breathe slowly, steadily and end with a deep breath when the contraction is over. When inhaling, you should see the abdomen rising, and coming back in when you exhale.

Description: This kind of breathing is used in the first stage of labor, when the cervix dilates less than 3 cm.

This kind of breathing is used in the first stage of labor, when the cervix dilates less than 3 cm.

Do 4-6 breathing rhythms for a uterine contraction of about 25-30 seconds.

2.        Rapid – shallow chest breathing

This kind of breathing is used in the labor stage when cervix dilates from 4-7cm, contractions are more intense, longer and closer together.

When you have a uterine contraction, start with a deep breath, then with a shallow chest breath. When the contraction intensity gets higher, breathe faster. Slow down your breath when the contraction reduces, then take a deep breath when the contraction is over.

Take 20-25 breath/ 1 minute. Breathe slower at the beginning and the end of the contraction, and breathe faster at the middle of the contraction.

Description: Rapid – shallow chest breathing

Rapid – shallow chest breathing

3.        Breathing as if you’re blowing a candle

This kind of breathing is used in the transition phase, when the cervix dilates 7-9cm, the uterine contraction is intense, the time between 2 contractions is short, pregnant women normally want to push as the fetus gets down and presses against your rectum. This kind of breathing helps to reduce the pressure from the uterus, avoiding pushing early.

When the contraction begins, take a deep breath, then take 4 rapid and shallow breaths then blow out the one time through your mouth, continue to take 4 rapid and shallow breaths then blow the air out. Do so until the contraction is over and end with a deep breath.

4.        Push

This kind of breathing is used in the 2nd phase of labor, when the cervix is completely open and the mother wants to push. The pushing posture is the “C-curve” position.

When you have a contraction, take 2 deep breaths, then take a long breath and start to push. When pushing, press your chin against the chest, keep your eyes on the belly button, continue to push and take another breath when you’re out of air, hold your breath and continue to push, until the uterine contraction is over.

Description: When you have a contraction, take 2 deep breaths, then take a long breath and start to push.

When you have a contraction, take 2 deep breaths, then take a long breath and start to push.

When taking slow and deep breath, pregnant women can perform any posture such as lying, standing or sitting. The more pregnant women relax themselves, the more effective breathing is.

 
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