Relaxation techniques for labour: Learn them now

Relaxation techniques for labour

Relaxation Techniques: Learn them now


Your body works better when it is relaxed because the hormones that reduce pain during labor are released more readily. As a result you have more stamina and more energy cope with the labor pains. The main hormone that works here is the Oxytocin, and it works best when you are calm and relaxed.

Why do you need to practice relaxation techniques during pregnancy?

With the increasing intensity of labor, the body produces more endorphins – feel-good hormones – which aid in pain relief, and hence help cope with contractions by regulating the intensity of the labor, slowing down when it gets too much to handle.

If you feel too stressed, it is likely to interfere in the early stage of labor, making it tougher for the body to start the contractions. As a result the body wastes the energy in relaxing the tensed muscles and becomes tired before the actual labor starts. Therefore, it is very necessary to relax so that the breathing becomes rhythmic and you and baby get more oxygen.

It always not very easy to stay relaxed in labor, but you can find ways to do so by employing the right breathing techniques and having a good labor partner. If you have good support from the beginning, you are less likely to have an assisted delivery and use a pain relief during the delivery, and more likely to have a shorter labor and be more satisfied about it.

Relaxation techniques during pregnancy

The key to staying relaxed is being as comfortable as possible, and that level of comfort can be achieved in many ways:

  • Start with your clothes: wear as comfortable clothes as you can – loose salwar kameez, jogging pants, nightgown with a petticoat and so on.
  • Check with your doctor if you can get any additional pillows.
  • Use music to distract you from stress. Listen to Indian classical music specifically the raagas Kalavati, Malakauns, Jayjaywanti, Asawari.
  • Use the breathing exercises from prenatal yoga and listen to your body.
  • Stay informed about the birthing progress and keep asking your partner how the baby is doing.