Breathing and Relaxation
During labor you will find that there are several tools available for you to use that might make the labor more comfortable and more efficient. As labor becomes stronger, and the contractions more intense, you may find the following three tools very helpful:
- Relaxation — This is the main key for labor. It allows you to save energy for the stronger, harder labor to come, and provides increased oxygen for you and your baby.
- Positioning — Frequent position changes with particular emphasis on positions that are upright and work effectively with gravity. Read about different labor positions
- Breathing Techniques — Laboring mothers will find that as the contractions get stronger and labor intensifies, and using specific breathing techniques can be very helpful.