A breath that helps you maximise how effective your contraction is.
By working with the rise of the surge, you’re working with the movement of the muscles of the uterus. The uterus has two layers of muscles that work together. During a surge, the vertical muscles contract up and as they do, the circular muscles open, opening the cervix as they do. You can imagine this as a wavelike motion. And, of course, using this breathing technique ensures that the uterine muscles are receiving all the blood and oxygen they need to do this work.
The important thing is that you stay relaxed and free of tension.
It is likely that many surges during your labour will last between 45 seconds and a minute, so this long, slow breath will give you enough time to work with a lot of the surges. When you do need to take a second breath during the same surge, just let go of the first breath and take a new slow breath in. With practice you'll be able to make the breath longer.
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