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Relaxation Unlocked: The Secret to a Blissful and Smooth Birth Experience

Updated: Jun 13, 2023

Is relaxation the key to an easier birth? The secret to a blissful and smooth birth? If you think about it, when we are tense, worried, or stressed, our primitive selves are heightened for fight or flight. What this means is that in this state, our non-essential functions are slowed or stopped. This could be a decrease in appetite, ability to release our bowel or bladder, or even birth. I have heard many stories of the birthing person having a great labor pattern at home, and once at the hospital, everything slows down. Once you are able to relax, your body will resume its normal function.

If you can stay relaxed throughout distractions and interruptions, then the birth hormones will keep flowing, which will allow for a quicker birth. This takes practice, though, to be able to achieve a relaxed state. The more you practice relaxation, the easier it becomes for your body and mind to relax on command.

Another benefit of relaxation is that birth less painful. The uterus is a large muscle. Labor is the uterine muscle working hard to bring down the baby and push the baby out. Muscles need oxygen and relaxation to work effectively to contract. If you are tense, you are limiting the oxygen flow to the muscle, which causes pain. So practice, practice, practice!

Relaxation also helps you to remain calm, allowing you to work with your body and baby during birth. If relaxation helps with a quicker birth and less pain, then relaxation is definitely the key to an easier birth.

Here are some suggestions to help you get in a relaxed state.

1. Find a quiet and comfortable space where you can relax without interruption.

2. Practice deep breathing exercises to help you relax and reduce stress.

3. Use guided meditations or visualization techniques to help you focus and calm your mind.

4. The routine use of guided progressive relaxation throughout pregnancy will help you to become accustomed to "on command" relaxation.

5. Try prenatal yoga or stretching exercises to help ease physical tension and discomfort.

6. Consider attending a childbirth education class to learn more about relaxation techniques and coping strategies for labor and delivery.


Did you use relaxation techniques for birth? Are you considering using relaxation during your birth? Please share below.



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