Choose the Relaxation Response


You may be thinking as an expectant mom you’re doomed to have a “painful” labor. Not so.

Today you actually have a choice in how you choose to respond to the labor process.

You can elicit the “stress response”, focusing on discomfort, negative thinking, etc., which may make your labor more challenging and even slow or stop it.ย  Or you can focus on eliciting the “relation response” through relaxation and breathing through it, which “opens” your body, quiets the mind and enhances the physiological birth process. Your choice.

Ways to elicit the relaxation response:

  • slow breathing
  • meditation
  • yoga, pre-natal yoga
  • hypnosis

Focusing on the relaxation response in general ( if you’re not pregnant) makes you healthier, decreases pain, can alleviate some illness that are stress related such as hypertension (high blood pressure), etc. Watch the video – it’s an excellent educational one for this post.

Choose theย  “relaxation response” ! It’s not just for pregnant women.

Lesly ๐Ÿ™‚



Lesly Federici

Lesly Federici is an experienced Labor and Delivery Registered Nurse (RN), She's been teaching childbirth education for over 15 years. She currently teaches Mindful Meditation to expectant couples. Lslynotes has been helping women globally prepare for childbirth online since 1998. Contact her, she'd love to hear from you!

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3 Responses

  1. Aidan Gibson says:

    Hi Lesly,

    I believe we can all, with a bit of practice, respond to testing situations in a more relaxed manor. Just a simple change of mindset can result in different results. It is too common that people tend to react to certain situations with fear. As for child birth, I am not the best person to comment on that. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Thanks for sharing Lesly!


  2. Tony Tate says:

    Relaxation is so important in our lives as it helps to keep our stress levels down, and consequently improves our health. We business owners tend to be very busy with work and too much work and not enough break for ourselves can result in mental health problems, memory failure and even heart attack. So it’s extremely important to at least spend time in relaxing and free yourself from stress.

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