The Benefits of Natural Childbirth Relaxation Techniques
natural childbirth relaxation
techniques provides many benefits - both mental and
physical. In truth, relaxation techniques are critical coping skills
for navigating the stresses of everyday life. In
world, our stress
levels are so much higher than ever before. It's not that
our lives are harder, but that the types of stress we endure are
Much of our
comes from things that
are beyond our control - rising inflation, lessened job security,
higher health care costs, unstable economies, tighter budgets... if you
weren't stressed before, you are now! When a growing lack of family/community support is factored in, many people are at the end of
physical stress can
manifest physically. The levels of hormones like adrenaline
and cortisol rise, as does blood pressure. Stress can
even impair brain function, leading to problems with healing,
immune system function, sleep quality, and memory.
short, without employing relaxation techniques, we are at the mercy of
the stress in our lives.
this is a nightmare
for any person, it can be especially dangerous to a
pregnancy. With higher blood pressure comes the danger of
developing eclampsia. With decreased immunity and healing
powers, the body is less equipped to handle and rebound from
childbirth. It's also critical to note that when stress manifests physically, the hormonal changes that take place in the body can
then affect the pregnancy and developing baby. This can be witnessed
in fetal heart rate and growth patterns.
However, many studies
have shown that frequent use of relaxation techniques can:
- Boost the immune system.
- Increase a repertoire of coping skills.
the incidence of stroke/heart attacks, especially from recurrent ones.
- Improve short-term memory.
- Enhance sleep quality.
When natural childbirth relaxation techniques are implemented, stress and
levels are lowered which can lead to other benefits such as:
or lowering the risk of developing eclampsia.
complications in pregnancy.
overall labor time.
more comfortable birthings.
postpartum recovery time.
- Improving overall satisfaction and comfort level during pregnancy.
none of the natural childbirth relaxation techniques will work
equally well for every
person, there are many
options available. Finding what works best for you is the
key, and it's enjoyable too.
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