Breathing in a rhythmic fashion during labour can maximise the amount of oxygen that is available for your baby. The techniques during breathing can help you to handle contraction and you could be more satisfied about how you have coped with labour.
Pregnant women can practice patterned breathing during pregnancy to help their labour. Some prefer to draw in air completely to fill up their lungs and abdomen together while others inhale just enough to fill their lungs. The purpose is to get them relaxed and not so much the kind of relaxation technique. Concentrating on filling the lungs does tend to increase your lung capacity though.
If your contractions are so intense that it becomes impossible for you to walk or talk, begin slow breathing. Keep at the slow breathing till the time you feel it is not helping you much. You can keep swapping one pattern of slow breathing for another, anything that relaxes you during contractions.
Light Accelerated Breathing
Most women feel like shifting to some sort of light breathing during the active phase of labour. The intensity of your contractions should decide whether you should start light breathing or not. Now, you should inhale and exhale rapidly at the rate of one breath per second. The breathing should be light and short. Breathe in a way such that inhalations are quiet while exhalations make a distinct sound.
There are times during labour and delivery (childbirth) when you feel like pushing and exerting your weight down on the uterus when it is not the time to do it. Women try to avoid this situation by holding on to their breath in these difficult times. It is not the right thing to do. Instead you should breathe in and out regularly or panting after raising the chin. This will allow you to stop the exertion of your body that is already happening.
Take help from doctors and your midwife in case you are struggling to cope with it.
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