Breathing

 

It’s best not to start using the breathing exercises until your contractions definitely demand your attention as they become regular and intense. If you start them too early in labor, you wear yourself out. Try the exercises at the time. You may find yourself switching back and forth, but return to exercise 1 as quickly as possible. Some women prefer to signal the beginning and end of contractions.

 

Slow-Paced Breathing

 

This exercise is the most relaxing and helps avoid hyperventilation. Slow-paced breathing is the type you used during your relaxation exercises. The rate is usually half of your normal breathing pace. You use both your chest and abdominal muscles with this technique, which is less tiring than the other techniques and enhances the calm, relaxed state you want.

 

Modified Breathing.

 

With this technique, you breathe no faster than twice your normal rate. You can try this one when your contractions become more intense. The danger with this exercise is that it can lead to hyperventilation if you aren’t careful. When the contraction is over, return to exercise 1.

 

Patterned Breathing (Pant-Blow)

 

This type of breathing has the same rate as exercise 2, but combines a pattern of inhaling and slow blow exhaling. When you exhale, pretend you’re softly blowing a candle. The blowing technique can be useful to avoid pushing; the inhalation breath in this technique is shallow. If you take a deep breath, you have an uncontrollable urge to push. By concentrating on exhale blowing; you can refrain from taking that deep breath which makes you want to push.

 

Water Bag Breaks-Rupture of Membranes

 

Usually, when your water breaks, whether it’s a gush or a trickle, you’re contractions aren’t far behind. If you aren’t having contractions but you’re losing watery fluid, call your doctor. Amniotic fluid has a very distinctive smell, and a sensitive nose can distinguish it from urine.

 

Once the membrane surrounding your baby breaks, the barrier to infection is gone. It’s standard practice to have you go to the hospital to await labor. If you’re at term, the goal is to see you in labor before 24 hours elapse, which tends to lessen the chance of infection. Remember: Once your water breaks, absolutely no intercourse.

 

What To Eat.

 

One you think you’re in labor, don’t eat. During labor, you stomach takes much longer to digest food. The heavier the food, the better your chance of vomiting during the transition phase at 8-centimeter dilatation. If you succumb to temptation and make the forbidden pit stop for a bhel puri, you won’t have to ask, “Where’s the hot chutney?” You’ll be wearing it.

 

Instead, stick to light soups (chicken broth), apple juice, natural sodas, and weak tea. You’re going to be working hard. You need to replace the fluids and energy you expend during labor. Dehydration can keep your uterus from working efficiently and make you even more fatigued. After deliver, you can indulge yourself shamelessly with any kind of food that strikes your fancy-you earned it.