Properly regulated breathing during labor will help take away the pain of labor. Breathing has to be practiced regularly before delivery, so that you can slip into breathing effortlessly when you go into labor.
Deep Cleansing Breath: Before any kind of breathing is practiced, first take a deep cleansing breath. That is, you fully fill and empty your lungs. Breathe in deeply through the nose and let it out through the mouth. Take this breath at the beginning and at the end of a breathing practice.
Waist-level Breathing: Breathe in deeply through the nose, and breathe out slowly through your mouth, as though you were trying to flicker the flame of a burning candle held at arm’s length, with the air that you are exhaling.
Practice a few times. Now, do your quick relaxation, then practice this breathing for 30 seconds beginning and ending with a deep cleansing breath.
The number of waist-level breaths should be between 4 and 6 in 30 seconds. If it is more than 6 you are breathing too fast. Slow down your breathing accordingly.
Chest-level Breathing: Place your hands at your chest, below your collarbone. In addition, you can have your partner place one hand at the bra level on your back. Now breathe in and out through your mouth up to your hands, a shallow, slow, and gentle breath. So that your mouth does not get dry, place the tip of your tongue on the roof of the mouth. Practice few times.
Do your quick relaxation, practice this breathing for 30 seconds, beginning and ending with a deep cleansing breath. Count the number of chest-levels breaths practiced without the deep cleansing breaths. The number should be between 10 and 12 breaths in 30 seconds. If you exceed 12 breaths, slow down.
Jaw-level Breathing, “Out”: The jaw-level breathing entails simply saying the word “OUT”, with a stress on the T. Do not worry about your breathing; it will take care of itself as you say the word. Practice a few times.Do your quick relaxation.
Practice the breathing for 30 seconds, beginning and ending with deep cleansing breath. You could get between 20 and 25 breaths in 30 seconds, not counting the deep cleansing breaths. If it exceeds 25, slow down.