DISCLAIMER – This post contains adorable pics of my first baby, for no real reason except that I’m feeling clucky 🙂
Well my baby is due next week!!!! So what better topic to write on than breath and breathing – and the HUGE role it can play in pregnancy, childbirth and life as a parent if you learn about it and use it right!
I wrote the below article on this very topic for Nuture – Natural Parenting Magazine for their last year’s Winter edition and have been re-reading it and, with my husband/boyfriend (I don’t have one of each – he’s the one person but husband sounds better), practicing our breathing for the big event.
Breathing is something we don’t usually think about – we just do it automatically – but if you learn how to do it better you will be amazed at the difference it can make to your health and well-being!!! Check it out….
Breathing In New Life
Firstly, about 75% of women experience breathlessness during pregnancy. Increased levels of the pregnancy hormone progesterone change the way your body absorbs oxygen which results in much deeper breaths, though at the same respiratory rate as before. This, in conjunction with the weight of a growing baby pushing into your diaphragm, can make the task seem quite overwhelming.
Gentle aerobic exercise such as swimming, yoga and walking can assist your breathing during pregnancy. If you feel dizzy, lightheaded or uncomfortable while practicing your breathing exercises either lessen the extent of your inhalations or take a rest and come back to it later. Make sure you discuss any respiratory conditions such as asthma or any concerns you may have about your breathing with your doctor.