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As your due date draws nearer, learn and practice controlled
breathing techniques for pain management during childbirth. Concentrating on
your breathing can help distract you from pain, relax both your muscles and
your mind, and keep your oxygen supply up.
If you haven't learned specific breathing techniques (such as Lamaze)
in a childbirth education class, practice the following breathing patterns
before you go into labor:
In early labor, try belly breathing. As you inhale, expand your belly outward; as you
exhale, relax your belly downward.
As your contractions become
more intense, exhale in a "pant-pant-blow" pattern, about 6 cycles per minute.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerKathleen Romito, MD - Family MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerKirtly Jones, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology
Current as ofMay 30, 2016
Current as of:
May 30, 2016
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Kirtly Jones, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology
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