Many expectant mothers already know that it is very important during pregnancy to find out and learn how to breathe during birth transitions and labour contractions. It can be taught at school for future parents. But in my town there was no such school, so I decided to learn it myself.
I read a lot of information and found good breath techniques during labour. I started doing them from 7 months. I trained to breathe properly, imagining the whole process of labour.
Breathing exercises during contractions helped me not to focus on the pain. It really works. And during transitions thanks to the correct breathing and preparation for the childbirth, I was able to give birth very quickly, less painfully and successfully.
How to breathe during labour contractions.
Breathe in through your nose counting 1-2-3-4 and slowly exhale through your mouth 1-2-3-4-5-6. So the child gets more oxygen and you are distracted from the pain. This breathing can be used when you feel some discomfort in the amplification of pain during contractions. There is another trick to distract the pain. It’s to notice the duration of each contraction and the interval between them with the help of a clock.
Rapid superficial breath (“like a dog”).
Inhale and then exhale superficially and shallowly with your mouth open. This breathing technique helped me a lot during intense contractions and overcame the desire to push. At the same time with breathing I also did massage in the area of sacrum. Between contractions you have to breathe as usual, more relaxing. This breathing is good labour pain relief.
How to breathe during birth transitions (pushing).
At the command of the midwife to push, make a smooth deep breath.
Hold your breath, as if swallowing air, lower your chin and strain your muscles in your abdomen and certainly relax facial muscles (to avoid pushing in the eyes).
Exert yourself as if you have constipation, but push as much as possible and longer. Thus you push out a child yourself, directing all the pressure in the anus.
When you are out of strength, exhale smoothly and slowly.
At the request of the midwife again, repeat the entire breathing cycle 2-3 times during one contraction.
When a head of the child goes out, you will be told not to push. At this moment breathing technique “like a dog” helped me a lot.
Now you know how to breathe during birth transitions and labour contractions. I hope these labour breathing techniques will help you to give birth less painfully and successfully.