Breathe like this to prepare for delivery
Are you familiar with exercises that make your delivery easier? Yes, as your due date approaches, you can for example have sessions of breathing in a specific way to make your delivery easier. However, always make sure you consult your doctor before taking any steps.
Prepare with these exercises for an easy delivery
- You can start practicing breathing exercises starting from your fourth month of pregnancy.
- You will need these exercises on your delivery day. This is because they help you relax and handle contractions that happen before delivery properly.
- Keep in mind that you can practice them sitting or lying down. Before you do that, you should put one of your hands on your chest and the other on your belly. This will help you monitor the movement of air while inhaling and exhaling.
- It’s useful to practice this exercise in the 3 or 4 months before delivery.
- Inhale quietly and slowly from your nose, inflating your belly then your chest.
- Exhale slowly too, bring your belly then chest back to their normal position.
- Repeat this several times. You can do it standing and walking, too. You may need this on your delivery day to relieve the pain of contractions.
- You can do this exercise while you are in the delivery room.
- To do that, close your eyes for a few seconds and focus on breathing.
- Try to breathe steadily, inhaling, holding your breath for a few seconds, then exhaling. Make sure inhaling and exhaling take the same amount of time.
- Rest a bit before inhaling again. Keep a steady breathing rhythm. If you can’t do that, the time you need for exhaling could be longer than the time for inhaling.
- When contractions intensify, your breathing becomes shallow, or in other words, not deep. There’s no problem in that, provided that it doesn’t accelerate too much.