Blowing bubbles ?
t is important to have control over your breathing in labour. It helps with relaxation, conserves energy, reduces anxiety and helps prevent hyperventilation or ‘over breathing’.
First stage of labour S.O.S. (Sigh Out Slowly) This is to be used through contractions.
Long, slow breath out through the mouth.
Calm, gentle breath in through the nose.
Concentrate on breathing out – ‘blowing the pain away’.
It is important to go back to normal gentle breathing between contractions.
Late first stage
Toward the end of the first stage your contractions will be stronger, last longer and come more often.
Start the contraction with S.O.S. breathing, and then as the contraction becomes more intense, move onto ...
Bubble blowing/candle flickering
Use this over the peak of contractions.
Shallow, gentle, upper chest breathing.
Breathe in and out through an open mouth – just like you are making a candle flame flicker repeatedly or blowing bubbles through a bubble wand.
Then return to S.O.S. breathing when over the peak. Again return to normal breathing between contractions.
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