MIND OVER MATTER
Expert tips on how to best prepare for labour
Is D-day fast approaching? Nadine Richardson, founder of She Births and Director of the Birthing Institute, shares her top tips for minimising the pain or anxiety during labour.
Practise acupressure from 37 weeks onwards, and help avoid induction and build your natural endorphins during labour. “It can help turn a posterior baby and encourages baby’s head to descend,” says Nadine.
Learn massage techniques from an expert therapist with your partner. “I have had so many mums say that their partners were amazing, and with every contraction they knew what to do and when,” says Nadine. A massage coupled with heat on the lower back, can provide great relief during labour.
Learning yoga during your pregnancy can help relieve discomfort during labour. “It works just like acupressure to help balance the body,” says Nadine. “Plus opening the hips and also stretching releases endorphins.” Practising yoga during a contraction can help keep your mind off the pain.
Being able to relax your muscles and your mind can help move you through labour. “Breathing is our number one technique for birth and it gives a woman a sense of control”, says Nadine. “The chemistry of the body changes dramatically when we deepen and slow down our breath, so the pain of labour is minimised when we can expand the belly tissue as much as possible from the uterus.”
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