26.01.2021

Breathe properly during contractions

Every pregnant woman is looking forward to the birth of her baby. And the closer this moment comes, the more the fear of childbirth increases. The unknown scares the woman, especially if the first pregnancy.

Having learned from the girlfriends how painful the birth is, during the contractions a woman may begin to panic. She stops listening to the doctor, fear seizes her. As a result, childbirth is delayed for several hours. To avoid this, a woman needs to prepare in advance for childbirth and know how to breathe during labor.

There are no painless births, but pain can be relieved not only by medication. Proper breathing will help reduce pain during labor.  To date, there are many schools and courses that teach pregnant women breathing during contractions and attempts. But if, for some reason, attending courses is not possible, then the breathing technique can be learned independently.

Contraction breathing technique

Already from the 35th week of pregnancy, it is worth starting to prepare your body for the upcoming birth. Mastering the technique of proper breathing will help you with daily training. Childbirth takes place in several stages, and at each stage various techniques are used.

At the initial stage, when contractions are not so painful and begin every 15 minutes, you need to relax and breathe in the following way – a deep breath in with your nose and a slow out breath in your mouth. In this case, one can consider: inhalation – 1,2,3 and exhale – 1,2,3,4,5,6,7. At this point, do not clamp, it requires complete relaxation. Since, being pinched, you slow down the opening of the uterus and prolong the process of childbirth. If at this time you are at home, get down to business (for example, pack your things in the hospital), get distracted.

When contractions begin every 10 minutes, it is forbidden to sit, eat or drink. You can only walk or lie. Breathing during contractions is as follows: a deep breath through the nose at 1,2,3,4,5 and an exhale through the mouth at 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10. If you are not already in the maternity ward, then it’s time to head there.
When contractions become intense (every five wrinkles), the breathing technique changes. You need to breathe, so to speak, “like a dog.” As soon as the fight begins, it is worth using the previous technique, and at the “peak” we begin to breathe quickly and superficially. Most importantly, do not strain the abdominal and pelvic muscles.

If it really hurts, get out of bed. You can squat, walk, lean on something, move your pelvis like a pendulum, this will help the child advance in the birth canal.

When the interval between contractions becomes 3-4 minutes, the following proper breathing technique will help relieve pain: forced candle. Those. inhale – one, exhale – two. You should breathe with effort (loudly). At the end of the bout, you need to take a deep breath and exhale slowly.

If the interval between contractions is reduced to 1-2 minutes, then all the above techniques for proper breathing during childbirth should be applied immediately. Those. First you need to take deep breaths and exhalations, then you need to breathe “dog-like”, and then use the forced candle technique. At this moment, there is a strong desire to empty oneself (attempts begin), this should never be done, especially if the doctor has categorically forbidden to push.

When the cervix is ​​fully open and the baby is already on the way, the birth itself begins. Usually, when all the requirements of the doctor are met, the birth of a child takes place in 3-4 contractions. Breathing at this moment also needs to be correct. When the doctor instructs you to “push”, you should raise your head up, look at the ceiling, and take a mouth full of air. Then press the chin to the chest and, without releasing air, begin to push. After the doctor said “exhale”, open your mouth slightly (make a small click) and let the air out slowly. After the next team “push”, you need to breathe the same way as for the first time.

Why is proper breathing better than drug anesthesia?

Using the correct breathing technique, we independently cope with pain without harming the child. Anesthetics, even the most advanced ones, negatively affect the child. They can cause an allergic reaction both in the woman in labor and in the child. Vomiting may open, which greatly complicates the birth process, and seizures may also occur.
Why put your life and that of a child (whose immune system weakened) at risk? After all, you can get by with the correct breathing technique, without any painkillers.

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