How Relaxation Helps Your Labor

Excerpt from The Birth Book written by William Sears, M.D. and Martha Sears, R.N.

“Relaxation helps in five ways:
*untenses birthing muscles to help them stretch more comfortably
*raises pain threshold, lessening labor discomforts
*releases natural pain-lessening hormones
*enhances mental acuity for decision making
*conserves energy, lessening exhaustion

Staying loose when the going gets tough conserves energy.  Tensing all your muscles wastes energy, whereas relaxation releases tension and redirects energy to where it counts, to the big muscle that needs it – your uterus.

Clenched fists, a tight mouth, a furrowed brow, all send tension signals to the birth-passage muscles, the very ones that need to be loose.  Tensing the top part of your body tenses the bottom, but opening up to relax these upper body parts opens up lower ones.  A loose and relaxed mouth signals the birth canal to relax as well.”

~ by cmb0414 on August 2, 2010.

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