There’s a lot going on in your mind when you’re pregnant, and you can calm any of your anxieties with this technique. By pursing your lips and inflating your cheeks, you create pressure on the vagus nerve in the back of your throat. This is the nerve that controls lots of symptoms of anxiety, including sweating, a racing heart, and nausea. And focusing on the counting helps keep your mind off any anxious thoughts.
Begin with an exhale, then slowly fill your lungs with a deep breath from the bottom of your bump to the top of your body, through your nose.
Then inflate your cheeks and purse your lips, as if you were blowing out through a straw, as you exhale slowly through your mouth. Exhale for a count of 10. In your mind, count in thousands (one thousand, two thousand…) to keep it slow.
Repeat with another slow deep inhale through your nose and an exhale through pursed lips. Continue for between three and five minutes or until you are feeling calm.