Tuesday, December 14, 2010

One of the best things to progress your labor....your yoga breath and walk.

One of the best things to progress your labor, is to get upright, and let gravity help.

Slow meditative walk, using the relaxed inhale and exhale breath, really helps. As a contraction comes along lean against your birth partner, wall, relax the abdominals, listen to your breath, allow your body to do the work that it needs to do to progress your labor. If you tighten up during labor contractions, you are fighting against your body, and your reserves of strength.

These ideals can be found in the Husband Coached Childbirth - The Bradley Method book, and Natural Childbirth the Bradley Way. A lot of the concepts in these books, and in the Bradley Childbirth classes are based on the relaxing breath work of yoga.

I had to be induced for various reasons, so once they found out I could tolerate the pitocin well, then the docs and nurses allowed me to walk 15 minutes, then monitor for 5, and repeat this process between my checks. Using the yoga breath, the meditation walking helped me progress really well and to tolerate the pitocin being upped also. It can be done.

Check out these books from your library, or through intra-library loan, or maybe from your local La Leche League library.
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