All posts filed under: pregnancy & birth guide

Labour & Birth: why does how you breathe matter?

We can all breathe right, so why do we need to know how to breathe for labour and birth? I have focused on Relax & Breathe for the past 10 years and I have seen how relaxed breathing has made a difference to how women feel in pregnancy, as well as how it can affect how they feel and work with their contractions during labour. My practice is all about keeping it simple – you don’t need to learn a new way to breathe, it is all about slowing down your breathing and learning to switch off and to focus on just breathing. So many of the pregnant women I work with comment that they didn’t realise how much tension they were carrying – but having a session to slow their breathing and to relax their body makes them aware of their tense jaw and stiff shoulders. Stress and tension isn’t that great for us – it can make us ache and it can make us tired and carrying this tension into labour isn’t helpful …

Pregnancy: aches & pains

Pregnancy is so different for every woman – I have had three pregnancies and I had worked with hundreds of pregnant women and I have seen women blossom and I have seen women struggle. Our bodies grow, adapt and change throughout pregnancy so it is inevitable that there will be tiredness and a few aches. Pregnancy may not be a time of illness for many of us but it is a time of listening to our bodies, of taking it easy when it demands us to rest and when it hurts. Your back and your hips can ache as your body changes shape, your legs can become restless, your may develop carpal tunnel in your wrists and hands, your pubic bone can ache and hurt and you may experience headaches. This can start in your second trimester or you could be close to the end of your pregnancy – you still need to listen to your body. Rest is good and use as many pillows as it takes to be comfortable – under your bump, …

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Pregnancy – 2nd trimester

Your 2nd trimester: weeks 13-28 You might be telling people now, especially if you have had your first scan which can provide reassurance for a lot of expectant parents. How you might be feeling? You could be blooming or still feeling blooming awful Sleeping, eating and getting through the day without feeling like you’ve been drugged could become easier, you might even feel up to some exercise – yoga, pilates, aquanatal, aerobics are all great for you.  You could start to feel your baby move – from fluttering to full on kicks as he gets bigger  The sickness could go but the heartburn could start at some point in the second trimester – talk to your midwife if you are concerned about it.  You might start to experience back and pelvis aches, or even pain, as your joints loosen and your body shape changes to accommodate your growing baby As your baby grows, you might start to feel breathless too – always check this out with your midwife if it concerns you.  Some women get more headaches in pregnancy. Although you …