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Proper breathing for easy childbirth

The right breath is much more important for expectant mothers than in normal times. Because with the right breathing;

·       Mother concentrates better on childbirth

·       Easily copes with birth contractions

·       Provides more oxygen to both himself and his baby

·       Makes childbirth easy to progress with the right push

Breathing exercises should be studied, repeated and learned before birth. Learning breathing techniques should not be left to the last week, but should be included in the exercise program from the beginning of pregnancy. Learning the right breath in advance is also very important in terms of being in sync with the medical team.

What breathing techniques are used during childbirth?

Our breathing organ is the nose. We can't eat through the nose, and it's not right to breathe through the mouth. We have to breathe through our noses. Breathing during this time should not be too fast, it should be at normal speed.

Breathing can be in three ways:

1- Chest breathing

2- Abdominal breathing

3- Breathing together in the chest and abdomen

You can apply these breathing techniques by standing upright or lying on your back where you are sitting...

Chest breathing: Try to inflate and raise your chest while breathing through your nose, then gently exhale through your mouth only the chest should expand. It is a breathing technique that is often used in daily life.

Abdominal breathing: It is necessary to work on breathing because it is a form of breathing that we do not use very often in normal life. It is more difficult than chest breathing, but it can be easily learned by practicing. Sit upright somewhere. Breathe slowly through your nose, but in the meantime, inflate your stomach, not your chest.

Chest and abdomen together: It's a mixed breathing method. Later in childbirth, you will need to use these two techniques at the same time according to the guidance of your doctor or parent.

What breath during childbirth, when?

We can divide breathing into two parts at birth.

The first is the section from the onset of birth pain to the full opening of the cervix (9-10 cm) (the first stage of childbirth); there is no pushing in this section. In the first stage of childbirth, birth waves will come periodically, and there will be comfortable periods without contraception of 5-10 minutes between them. During this time, you should rest by breathing normally and slowly, and as soon as the contraction comes, you should do chest breathing or mixed breathing.

The second is the part from the full opening of the cervix (9-10 cm) to the exit of the baby (the second stage of childbirth). This stage is the stage in which pushing is added to the breathing technique. Health professionals will guide you at this stage. As soon as the contraction comes, hold your breath with a deep abdominal breathing and try to push your baby forward as described to you. You can push by holding your breath or exhaling very slowly through your mouth. The important thing is that in the meantime you try to inflate your stomach and give it in a direction that will push the power towards the birthplace. When the contractions pass, you can rest with normal breathing.

You may have difficulty breathing deeply during convulsions at birth, but learning the breathing techniques to be used during childbirth from the first week will increase your lung capacity and allow you to have strong diaphragm muscle. Now take a deep breath and relax!

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