One of the preparations related to your labor is breathing. Good and correct way of breathing will help a smooth normal delivery. How to breathe during childbirth? You can start practicing breathing when you are pregnant. Practicing breathing during pregnancy is very easy and can be done on the sidelines of your activities. Breathing is intended to train how to breathe when you breathe in oxygen and remove oxygen so that your energy is fulfilled.
In addition, the benefits that you can get by diligently processing your breath during pregnancy include:
- Overcoming breathing difficulties that are often faced by pregnant women in the third trimester.
- Overcoming attacks of contractions during labor.
- Maximizing the strength of the push during labor.
- Provide enough oxygen to the fetus so that blood flow and nutrient supply is smooth.
- Maintain the flow of oxygen and carbon dioxide thus preventing pregnant women from holding their breath during contractions.
You can practice breathing anywhere, as often as possible and even regularly. So that this habit becomes a natural reaction.
Let’s get to know how the breath can be done by pregnant women:
Long-breathing method. This is the method by the breath introduced by Dr. Fernand Lamaze, he introduced the breathing and relaxation techniques. Exercises related to the lamaze breathing method are:
a. Slow breathing
You can do this method by inhaling slowly using a count (1-3 count) then you slowly remove it through your nose.
b. Blowing breathing
You can inhale slowly through your nose and then slowly exhale through your mouth. You can do it just like you blow out the candle, so that the breath is regular when it comes out of the mouth.
Do a patterned breathing exercise where you inhale and exhale quickly. You can inhale from your nose and then quickly exhale from your mouth on a count (2-3 count) from your mouth.
This exercise is the opposite of the patterned breathing. You can inhale slowly from your nose to the bottom and then you slowly exhale from your mouth.
In addition to the above techniques, you can add several other training techniques such as:
1. Light hand movements
You can move your hands together straight and parallel above your head. Hold the breath for a count (5-6 count) then exhale slowly as you move your hands down. You can repeat this up to 8-10 times.
2. Inhale deeply
Inhale until it fills your lungs then exhale slowly. You can repeat it several times, avoiding breathing too fast because it will make you dizzy.
3. Sitting position
You can position your back, head and neck upright and relax. Then inhale slowly through the nose for a count (1-4 count) then exhale through the nose at the same count. Repeat for a relaxing and rhythmic count of 8-10.
That’s the breathing exercises you can do during pregnancy to maintain your health during pregnancy as well prepare for labor.