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. 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
- yoga, pre-natal yoga
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 the “relaxation response” ! It’s not just for pregnant women.