Breathing Techniques

Updated: Sep 26, 2019

Hypnobirthing is a load of little things that out together make a very big difference. It is about focusing, breathing, visualising and working with your body. It may not be the perfect birth, whatever that might be, but I can safely say that hypnobirthing always gives you the tools for the best birth for you. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ In an earlier post I mentioned the power of the muscles of the uterus. They are possibly the most powerful muscles in the human body working to absolute capacity during labour. The muscles have a huge job to do in supporting the weight of the baby, the amniotic fluid, baby’s movements etc throughout the course of pregnancy. Muscles always work in pairs so as the long muscles pull up the round muscles start to pull apart and open. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The breathing technique is imperative during labour. It’s advisable for your birth partner to understand this technique so they can put you back on track if need be. With your body relaxed, slowly breathe in through your nose and then release the air with a slightly longer breathe out through your mouth. It is on the out breath that you produce most oxytocin. Use this breath in the Up Stage (First Stage) if labour during every surge to enable you to remain calm and relaxed. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ If visualisation are for you, imagine these red balloons been blown up getting bigger and bigger (in breath). Now watch as they float up higher and bigger until it’s tiny, high in the sky (out breath) 🎈 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ With this breathing and upwards visualisations, mind and body are working together which is a powerful combination.



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