Horse lips technique
Okay, so the name may not be very appealing but this is an effective breathing technique to help you through the transitional phase. It’s called the horse lips technique because it mimics a noise that horses often make when they’re excited – they inhale and then puff the air out, letting their nostrils vibrate. This makes a breathy, purring or whinnying sound. And that’s the sound you’ll make!
Try it now: Breathe in and, holding your lips loosely together, push the air out through them. Because you have to relax your mouth, this technique has the knock-on effect of relaxing other parts of your body, which keeps the oxytocin flowing. It’s also a good tactic to adopt if your midwife tells you not to push while you’re in the transitional phase.