Help dizzi­ness

Mother & Baby (UK) - - BUMP & BIRTH -

‘Early in your first trimester, you may feel dizzy be­cause of low blood pres­sure,’ ex­plains Aimee. ‘This hap­pens be­cause the preg­nancy hor­mone pro­ges­terone re­laxes the walls of your blood ves­sels, caus­ing your blood pres­sure to fall. This sim­ple breath-aware­ness ex­er­cise can help you im­prove your en­tire res­pi­ra­tory sys­tem.’ The goal of this ex­er­cise is to slow your breath and lengthen both in­hales and ex­hales.

Find a quiet place and sit on the floor or on a chair. Your spine and head should be up­right but not rigid, with your shoul­ders re­laxed. Place both hands on your hips.

As you in­hale, di­rect the breath to your belly, as if you were fill­ing the space be­tween your hips, or your lower bump, with air. Take a few breaths un­til you feel you have es­tab­lished a con­nec­tion to this area.

You will no­tice that your belly ex­pands. When this hap­pens, bring your aware­ness to your front and back ribs. Be­gin fill­ing this part of your body with your breath, mak­ing sure that breath still starts from your lower belly. Take a few breaths to es­tab­lish this con­nec­tion.

Next, bring your breath all the way up into your up­per ribs and col­lar­bone area, mak­ing sure the breath still starts from your lower belly.

Pause for a mo­ment be­tween breaths, mak­ing sure not to tense up. Feel the sen­sa­tions that arise when your body is full of breath.

Then, as you ex­hale, al­low the ex­pan­sion in your up­per chest to re­lease, fol­lowed by your mid­dle ribs, and fi­nally by draw­ing your belly but­ton into your spine.

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