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Help your child to be born, learn the breaths of labor


Providing your baby with sufficient oxygen during pregnancy is essential for their survival, but also if you oxygenate him well during labor and second stage, you will help him to be born. In childbirth preparation and maternity education courses, we are taught to breathe during childbirth.

During pregnancy, my midwife insisted that I learn to breathe and taught me in practice the different types of breathing for each phase of labor, since you cannot breathe in the same way at the beginning of labor as at the end.

In practice, when I was overwhelmed by the pain, I felt the need to start taking the breaths as I had been taught, but dazed by the intensity of the contractions I began to take the breaths in an arrhythmic way. It was then that the midwife who attended me indicated, depending on the time of delivery I was in, which ones I should put into practice in each phase.

Even if you think that at that moment you will not remember how each of the breaths is done, I assure you that it is like riding a bicycle, they are not forgotten and also, you will not only be able to adequately oxygenate your baby to help him be born, but which will also help you relax, because although they do not calm the pain, they help to take your mind to the other side and to be more calm between contraction and contraction.

By the way, as it never hurts to do a review, when contractions begin the most suitable respiratory rhythm consists of breathe in gently through your nose and breathe out calmly. As the intensity of the contractions increases, breathe in small amounts of air and expel it through your mouth, or take a large amount through your nose and exhale, dosing it in four times through your mouth. Towards the end of labor, when the contractions are strongest, it is time for rapid chest breaths to control pain and deliver a lot of oxygen to the baby: take in air at one time and expel it through the mouth at another.

At this stage you may feel like pushing, but if the midwife does not give you permission because you have not dilated enough yet, breathe out with a long breath or use panting.

Keep in mind that you should not abuse this breath because it exhausts and you can get dizzy. Once in the delivery room, when it is time to expulsion, fill the lungs with air to the maximum when you start to feel the contraction and push while you expel the air. Then try to relax and breathe slowly and deeply before the next contraction. Each time you inhale and exhale, you offer your baby oxygen, something essential for their well-being during labor. Breathe well, you will help your child to be born.

Marisol New.

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