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PAIN RELIEF -
In some women, relaxation
alone may not be sufficient to counter the discomfort
of labour. In such cases breathing techniques can
be used to augment the efficacy of relaxation techniques.
Breathing in a rhythmical pattern ensures:
flow of Oxygen to the mother, uterus and hence
to the baby.
distraction from the pain of labour.
techniques are used only during contraction. In
between contraction, relax to conserve energy.
and end each contraction with a relaxing or clearing
or clearing” breath is taking a smooth deep breath
through your nose and then letting air out like a
sigh through your mouth. It makes the boundaries of
breathing techniques only when you are not able
to talk through or distract yourself with other
techniques during contractions as it is exhausting.
all muscles through the contraction.
an external or internal point for focusing.
with simple techniques and move to complex pattern
only if the technique you are using is not helping,
as complex pattern is more exhausting.
between complex patterns come to simple pattern
to conserve energy.
breathing exercises if you feel faint.
to-be determines the pace and depth of breathing
and the use of nose or mouth for breathing.
moving to a more complex technique, try changing
position emptying the bladder, using relaxation,
changing your focus and accepting reassurance.
practice session in your antenatal period:
in variety of position like standing, sitting,
side lying, and kneeling on all fours.
daily with your partner and also by yourself.
practicing ask your partner to simulate a
60 seconds contraction by saying “contraction
starts” and then call out every 15 seconds
and end a contraction by saying “contraction
ends”. Practice the breathing techniques during
this simulated contraction. Rest for few seconds
and start the exercise again.
session can be made effective by including
pain artificially (e.g.: squeezing any other
part of the body for 60 seconds).
breathing techniques during the occasional
painless contractions that you feel throughout
can also practice these techniques when your
doctor is examining you especially during
an internal or vaginal examination.
stroking (euflleurrage) or with normal massage
can be continued throughout the process.
are some breathing patterns to be used in an ascending
“ SLOW PACED” Breathing:
is the first and possibly the only breathing pattern
you may use. Here the rate is 1/2 your normal
rate. You will be breathing in a relaxed and comfortable
manner. As in all patterns, start and begin
the breathing with a clearing / relaxing breath.
slow paced breathing does not help you in pain
relief, switch to modified pace breathing. Here
you breathe at a rate double your normal rate. Therefore
it is enhancing, you can return to slow paced
breathing in between.
this, there may be excessive wash out of carbon
dioxide and you may feel dizzy. To counter this,
blow in your cupped hands or blow in and out into
a plastic bag.
Combination of slow
and modified paced breathing:
it suggests, it is a combination of both slow and
modified paced breathings as shown in the diagram.
– paced” Breathing: (Pant – blow)
is helpful during last part of 1st
stage of labour where contractions are extremely
fast and strong.It is easier to use the mouth
for this type of breathing. It consists of
3 – 5 shallow breaths (pants) followed by a deep
blow. Do not forget to inhale before the blow.
variations can be tried like
It is extremely exhausting and dehydrating.
Hence it is advisable to return to simpler patterns
in between. Also to prevent the mouth from
drying, keep your tongue placed below and behind
your lower teeth.
for premature urge to push:
times during the end stages of 1st
stage of labour when the cervix is not fully dilated,
you still feel an urge to push. This is due to
the pressure of the baby’s head on the rectum.
prevent this you can try the following pattern
Breathing techniques for 2nd stage
the contraction begins, take relaxing / clearing
breaths. Then inhale deeply and exhale slowly
and bear down while exhaling.
inhaling and exhaling deeply along with bearing
exhaling till the contraction lasts.
in between contraction with normal breathing.
holding while pushing
As the name suggests, hold your breath during
contraction for about 5 – 10 seconds. Bear down
during breath holding. Do not try to hold breath
for a very long time and bearing down at the same
time as it can lead to bursting of the small vessels
in your retina (eyes) in rare cases.
all these breathing exercises with your partner during
the antenatal period will help you a long way during
labour and will result in a smooth and comfortable
will also add to the efficacy of other methods to
relieve pain and to shorten the duration of labour
by author Martha
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