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Pain

A constant pain in my head for the last day has made me reflect on pain – it’s really not pleasant and I wish it would stop now. I don’t know what it causing it and it will start to wear me down but, for now, I am being positive that it is a migraine or a sinus issue rather than a brain tumour or a stroke. As an antenatal teacher, I talk about pain a lot – I get asked questions about pain and contractions. And knowledge and acceptance is crucial for labour pains – we need strong, powerful contractions. Labour is about endurance, the muscles of your uterus are working hard. Understanding why contractions hurt, how you can work with them and what might make them more painful really helps but everyone’s experience of labour is so individual and pain is so subjective – it can be can be so fast, it takes your breath away or it can plod on for hours and hours, never seeming like the end will come. And …

Tips to Relax & Breathe

Giving yourself the time to relax in pregnancy is a great way to prepare for the birth of your baby. And it’s not about just sitting back and watching a movie, focus on your body and become more aware of what it feels like when it is relaxed. Pregnancy is a good time to become aware of your body and to learn how to relax and how to deal with stress and anxiety. Simple relax & breathe exercises in pregnancy…Where to practise? Anywhere you feel comfortable – bed, bath, sofa, birth ball, the loo, in the kitchen waiting for the kettle to boil…How often? Practise every day if you can – just a few minutes will do the trick. And then use it if you are feeling stressed or anxious. Try…Doing Nothing – close your eyes and just sit/stand for a few minutes. Let any thoughts come and go, just be aware of what it feels like to just sit still. Being Aware Of Your Body – Sit/stand for a few minutes and focus on …

Tonight’s antenatal session – the importance of knowing how to breathe

I just can’t stress this enough – being able to use your breathing in labour and birth really could be the difference between panic and calm, the difference between working with your body and battling with it. Labour and birth is largely about contractions and energy, it is about listening to your body, about responding to it and going with it. As long as you and your baby are ok – labour will take as long as it needs. Knowing how to use your breathing is a skill you can use when you need it – for contractions, for rest, for headspace, if you feel overwhelmed, if you are tired… It means you are equipped with a strong, effective and adaptable skill to control and use if your labour is straightforward or if it becomes more complicated with more monitoring and interventions. Using your breathing is about keeping you calm and that is a powerful skill to possess. If you know more about what your body and your baby need to do in labour, you …

Pregnancy & Birth – how and why to use your breathing…

Breathing can be an effective way to stay calm, to have more energy, to have some more control, to work with your contractions and enable your body to work more effectively BUT what does that mean? We can all breathe, so why do we need to know how to breathe for labour and birth? I have focused on Relax & Breathe for the past 10 years and I have seen how relaxed breathing has made a difference to how women feel in pregnancy, as well as how it can affect how they feel and work with their contractions during labour. My practice is all about keeping it simple – you don’t need to learn a new way to breathe, it is all about slowing down your breathing and learning to switch off and to focus on just breathing. To be able to relax and focus on your breathing, it can also help to know what to expect: to know what your body needs to do in labour and birth and to know what is going on …

Labour & Birth: why does how you breathe matter?

Knowing how to use your breathing can enable you to stay calm, to have more control and to manage any anxiety or panic