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Relaxation Techniques for Labour

LABOUR & BIRTH: Learning to relax both physically and mentally can help to alleviate tension and anxiety and relax your body and mind.

This, in turn, will allow you to work through your contractions in labour rather than against them during labour and this may reduce pain.

Relaxation methods encompass massage, breathing exercises where you focus on and control your breathing and mental relaxation. Mental relaxation can be achieved by deep concentration and visualisation, where you create images in your mind which may help you to remain calm and relaxed.

Breathing exercises

Concentrating on your breathing may be one way to cope with childbirth by helping to release anxiety and allowing you to work through your contractions. During your antenatal classes, you are usually taught various breathing exercises suitable for different stages of labour, which you should try to put into practice when you give birth.

Massage

Massage from your partner is a good way of relieving discomfort during labour, and can be particularly useful if you are suffering from aches and pains. Using massage oils, including aromatherapy oils in labour, or other aids may give you additional benefits.

Yoga

Yoga in pregnancy is a good way of learning to relax and breathe properly which can be a help in controlling labour pain. Many yoga postures are perfectly suitable for pregnancy though those that involve lying on the stomach will not be suitable after the 4th month and each one can be adapted easily to facilitate your practice. In fact during pregnancy, because of the level of female hormones, your ligaments and muscles are stretched more easily.

This means yoga is an ideal exercise at this time in your life, once you take it nice and slowly. Yoga breathing is great for childbirth, the relaxation will help you feel your baby move inside.

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