The Relax Breathing Method
You can do this by focusing on nothing but the word, relax. Think of the syllable “RE” when breathing in. Then, think of the word “LAX” when breathing out. If your attention strays, don’t worry. Simply get back on the word relax and time it with your breathing.
The Counted Breathing Method
Breathe in by counting up to a certain number that you are comfortable with. Let’s say you breathe in while counting up to number 3. Breathe out by counting to a slightly higher number, let’s say 5. Choose a number depending on your comfort.
Paced Breathing Method
The paced breathing method involves a labor coach. When the coach says “Contraction begins,” do the following:
- Place your hand on your abdomen.
- Take 5 to 10 breaths within a minute.
- When you inhale, move your hand from the lower abdomen to your ribs.
- When you exhale, move your hand back to the lower abdomen.
- Breathe normally when the coach says “Contraction ends.”
The movement of the hand signifies a relaxing massage for the pain. The coach will guide you through your contractions as he or she will time it. Remember to still focus on something as you do this breathing method.
You can use a lot of breathing techniques for giving birth. Many pregnancy classes give you choices and teach both the mom and her partner on the proper ways to do it.
The bottom line is to focus on something and work on your breathing in a way that’s comforting and relaxing for you.
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