MIND OVER MAT­TER

Mother & Baby (Australia) - - Contents -

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.

1 ACUPRESSURE

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.

2 MAS­SAGE

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.

3 YOGA

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.

4 RE­LAX­ATION

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.”

FOR MORE BIRTHING TIPS AND IN­FOR­MA­TION, VISIT WWW.SHEBIRTHS.COM.

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