Labor Breathing Exercise in Pregnancy

Labor Breathing
  • During labor, the uterus contracts. & helps open up the cervix 
  • Women need medication to manage pain due to contractions
  • Helps manage intensity of contractions without medications
  • Start practicing once you enter the 28th week
Simple techniques
  1. Labor Breathing Exercise in Pregnancy

    This exercise has 3 levels. You should do level 1 for a few days, and when you develop comfort, move on to level 2 & then level 3

    Level 1:
    1. To do the first level, sit in a comfortable position with your back erect
    2. Now, place one hand on your chest and your other hand on your abdomen
    3. Now, inhale slowly. Make sure that inhalation is slow & short, which means it should stop in your chest
    4. You should feel, your chest should rise, but not your abdomen
    5. Now, exhale through the mouth
    6. Keep inhaling and exhaling for one whole minute and then, take a break for a minute
    7. You can do this exercise 5 times a day
    If you feel comfortable move on to level 2

    Level 2:
    1. Now, inhale rapidly, but gently, keeping the inhalation short. In other words, air should stop in your chest. In this position, your chest should rise, but not your abdomen 
    2. Now, exhale rapidly through your mouth. It is will almost feel as if you are panting
    3. Repeat this process for 20 seconds, and then take a break of one minute
    4. You can do this exercise 5 times a day
    Finally you should move on to level 3. 

    Level 3:
    1. Here we will first do the slow breathing of level 1 for 20 seconds 
    2. Then do the rapid breathing of level 2 for 20 seconds
    3. Repeat this pattern for 1 minute
    4. Now take a break for 1 minute 
    5. Repeat this exercise 5 times a day. As you start to get comfortable, you can increase the time to 30 seconds for each level
    You may want to use the help of your partner to time your breathing

  • Pain in the pelvis, vagina, or groin
  • Abdominal discomfort
  • Shortness of breath
  • Leakage or bleeding from the vagina
  • Dizziness
  • Exceptional fetal activity

These remedies are based on the principles of Ayurveda, the ancient Indian science of healing, and are completely natural, non-invasive, and can be prepared at home. Consult your doctor if the symptoms persist. Refer to the terms of use.

Sonali Shivlani

Childbirth Educator,

Sonali Shivlani is an internationally certified pregnancy, lactation and child nutrition counselor. She has worked with more than 15,000 couples and has conducted pregnancy and parenting sessions and workshops internationally. She is the Executive Director of the Pregnancy Fitness Educator Program at CAPPA International and trains candidates in the field of prenatal fitness.

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