There’s a lot of advice out there about breathing techniques, but remember that simple, slow, smooth easy breaths are best for calming the nervous system, bringing oxygen to you and your baby, relieving stress, and reducing fear, anxiety and pain (those three travel together like a wild west bad guy posse).
If you commit to regularly practicing slow calming breaths, with no gimmicks, just in and out but a little deeper and a little slower than usual, you’ll be ahead of the gang. Bonus points, you count the length of the inhale and exhale so that they are the same length, but only if you’re into that.
Practice this breathing especially when you experience stress. For example, you hear a loud noise and your heart rate goes up, this is your cue to practice slowing down your breath. Each time something bugs you, practice your breathing. Find that you can find an internal place of calm, ease and reassurance.
Secret info: when you are in labor, your doula, midwife, or nurse can teach you specific breathing techniques on the fly, and they are actually more effective that way!Show