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Yoga Postures for labour

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They say, “practice makes perfect” so prepare for a calm and confident labor by learning to breathe deeply, ease pain, manage stress, and even help your baby through delivery.

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Yoga Postures for labour

  1. 1. Yoga4Mothers.com 1 http://yoga4mothers.com “Pregnancy Yoga Postures for Labour”
  2. 2. Yoga4Mothers.com 2 http://yoga4mothers.com Please Note The information contained in this publication is for reference only. The author and/or publisher are not liable for any losses, actions or liabilities that arise from reading or using any of the information contained in this publication. The reader/ user is responsible for checking and adhering to any legal requirement pertaining to the use of, the downloading oforany action from any software versions arising from a link in this book. The author and /or publisher are not responsible for any broken links, although we try our best to make sure the information contained herein is accurate. Also, feel free to download our free video at Yoga4Mothers.com so that you can have instant access to a wide array of pregnancy yoga information and news. Affiliate Programme Our mission at Yoga4Mothers is to help women through pregnancy and after childbirth. Yoga has enormous benefits for mother and child and we want to share knowledge and techniques so as many women as possible can benefit. One of the methods we have set up to do this is through our Affiliate Programme. When you sign up for the Affiliate Programme, by sending people to our website, you will share in any income we receive for our products. We use the rest of the income to fund our research and work to develop quality materials to help women through pregnancy and childbirth. When people enter their email address for the free video we will offer them our ebooks and videos at a special rate. You will share in the income from the first product and on future purchases. If they sign up through your affiliate link on ClickBank, you earn 50% onall ofthe income. Your role is simply to guide people to ourwebsite. This allows you to earn an income and allows us to fulfil our mission. If you would like more information, you can find it by clicking here.
  3. 3. Yoga4Mothers.com 3 http://yoga4mothers.com Foreword Our first baby was breech at the first scan - he had plenty of time to turn - but he never did. Instead, he rolled himself up so tightly that even after he was born he used to go to sleep by sucking his own toes. The obstetrician, a kind and experienced woman, advised me to go for a Caesarean section. Our baby’s health was the most important thing for us, so my husband and I were happy with the decision. Our second baby had her head down in my womb so I was determined to have a natural birth and my obstetrician agreed. When my waters broke I was 10 days overdue. I managed the labour pain with yogic breathing exercises and by laughing at all my husband’s jokes. Because I had already had a Caesarean I was attached to a monitor and was not able to move around much - the only movements were on a birth ball. After 16 hours labour, I was still only 3cm dilated and our baby was showing signs of distress. I resigned myself to a second Caesarean; everything went fine and one hour later our daughter was born. She was beautiful. Our third child had to be bornby Caesarean becauseI had already had two sections. A natural birth was deemed to be too risky. I feel very lucky. My three children are healthy, and I recovered well. I have often wondered if I did all I could to have a natural delivery with my second baby. Should I have moved around more? Should I have had the monitor taken away, giving me the chance to do yoga and help my baby move down? How important is it to move during labour? I will never know the answers. But those questions led me to a decision: I wanted to help other mothers through pregnancy, labour and beyond. I practised yoga, but I did not know enough about pregnancy yoga when I was giving birth. Perhaps if I had practised pre-natal yoga I would have enjoyed a natural birth with my second and third children. My mission now is to help other mothers by sharing the benefits and techniques of yoga.That is why we set up Yoga4mothers. I am grateful for the three Caesareans becausewithout them I would not have had the chance to learn so muchand to share and connect with mothers, fathers and babies around the world. The Yoga4mothers classes respond to the changes that take place so quickly during
  4. 4. Yoga4Mothers.com 4 http://yoga4mothers.com pregnancy. They are built on a combination of research and personal experience. I used my nursing background to research in depth what happens in the womb each week. I combined this knowledge with my own experience ofpregnancy to develop classes that are appropriate for each week of our pregnancy. I look forward to seeing you on your yoga mat. Namaste, Christelle
  5. 5. Yoga4Mothers.com 5 http://yoga4mothers.com Yoga4mothers Our mission at Yoga4Mothers is to help women through pregnancy and after childbirth. Yoga has enormous benefits for mother and child and we want to share knowledge and techniques so as many women as possible can benefit. Yoga during pregnancy keeps mother and baby healthy. It prepares the mother mentally and physically for labour. It maintains the mother’s figure and speeds up the process of regaining the woman’s figure after giving birth. Yoga4mothers offers yoga video classes and information for pregnant women and new mothers. Christelle Donaghy, a qualified pre and postnatal yoga teacher, registered nurse and yoga practitioner presents the videos. Christelle practices yoga, yogic breathing and meditation every day. Before teaching yoga she worked as a nurse in France, Switzerland, Ireland, and New Caledonia where she assisted in delivering babies. She is qualified in Bowen Therapy and Thai massage. Introduction We know that every birth is unique; however, if we are familiar with yoga postures and we either practice them alone or with a birth partner, they will help us to move freely and to ease contractions and have a less painful labour. These postures make pregnancy much more comfortable and can also help to alleviate the pain associated with labor and delivery. Of course, you should always check with your doctor if you have any worries or concerns about your or your baby’s health before you practise yoga. Benefits and Content
  6. 6. Yoga4Mothers.com 6 http://yoga4mothers.com The postures, or asanas will help you and your baby. You will practice movements to create more space for your growing baby, to release back pain and to open your hip joints. You will learn how to practice a specific breathing exercise to help you to stay calm and focused. At the end of the class you will take time to relax your body, and follow a guided meditation that will help you to gain awareness and self-control. Postures for Labor Hello Yoga Mother, and welcome to this class. What you will get here is a series of postures, sometimes alone, and sometimes with your partner that will help you to ease labor. This is not a series of postures that I would like you to learn by head because once you’re in labor everything has been learned by head will be forget. What it is instead is a toolkit that I would like you to practice all along your pregnancy so that your body feels comfortable and well and you recognize it. By practicing and feeling with your body, you will be able to adapt, to accommodate, and to accept whatever happens during labor. This is a very useful attitude once you go to labor. The other benefit you will get by practicing these postures is that woman usually feel more comfortable in their body. They move around more easily and they have more confidence because they’ve learned and practiced breathing exercises that will ease the pain during labor. The other main point that you will gain is trust. You’re going to learn to trust yourself and to trust your body. You and your baby will know exactly what to do and you have all that you need for your baby to be born. So let your body know, keep practicing, and it will be fantastic. Namaste. You can hold your partner in a standing position. Your partner may wish to find some support, and lean against a wall with his knees bent.
  7. 7. Yoga4Mothers.com 7 http://yoga4mothers.com At that stage, bend into your knees and make sure that your both feet and heels are well grounded to the floor. This will help to keep your spine aligned, and help you to have freedom of movement. Try to draw imaginary figures of 8.
  8. 8. Yoga4Mothers.com 8 http://yoga4mothers.com That posture can easily be done for the laboring woman without a partner, and by just leaning against a wall. The upright position reduces pain and helps the woman to be more in control. Try these different variations of tilting and rolling of your hips, with or without your partner. If you have a partner ask him to press his both hands on your back, and to breathe with you. Breathing together is a fantastic non-verbal communication, and makes youfeel that you’re not alone, that you’re well supported. Tuck your pelvis forward.
  9. 9. Yoga4Mothers.com 9 http://yoga4mothers.com And backwards. It will help to relieve pain and help you to go through contractions. Again, it’s crucial foryour partner, even if you don’tseeit here, to have his backagainst a wall, or strong support and to bend into his knees.
  10. 10. Yoga4Mothers.com 10 http://yoga4mothers.com Standing squat can be used by placing yourself far enough apart so that both arms can be straight. Hold each other from the forearms, not by the wrists, and only go as far as you can. Mommy, if your baby is breech, I’m not recommending you to do this posture.
  11. 11. Yoga4Mothers.com 11 http://yoga4mothers.com Make sure your heels are, again, well-grounded to the floor, and if you feel like moving, your partner should move with you. Balancing, circling moves together. Inhale, come up to center. To create a nice bond, and help the laboring woman to take some rest, you can offer a massage so she can lean against a chair, or on the bed. Feeling your hands against her back, giving her a soft massage will help her to keep her mind away from each contraction.
  12. 12. Yoga4Mothers.com 12 http://yoga4mothers.com This will help your partner to be more engaged in the labor with you. And you’re in the right to ask for whatever type of massage you want mommy, so if you like it hard, soft, fast, slow, just express what you feel, and it’s okay to change your mind, it’s okay to ask for as much as you want. It is your unique experience.
  13. 13. Yoga4Mothers.com 13 http://yoga4mothers.com It helps sometimes to keep practicing your rolling and tilting moves, just go with the flow, just go with what your body wants. Keep breathing, exhale. Your partner may breathe with you. You feel safe, you feel connected. This is crucial for a woman in labor to feel a nice bond so that she’s not on her own. This massage takes away all the pain in your lower back. Ask for some support if mommy wants to get up. This is a fantastic posture to open up your pelvis, and to get ready for baby to be born. Your partner is sitting on the chair in front of you, your knees are well supported with a cushion. Contractions are now getting stronger and last for more than a minute.
  14. 14. Yoga4Mothers.com 14 http://yoga4mothers.com You feel the urge of moving, keep breathing. The breath will help give rhythm to your practice, and your partner will move and breathe with you. This is a birthing posepar excellence, and this pose will give you an idea of how to maintain a wide open pelvis to give birth to your baby. Keep your knees a good distance apart so that you can allow yourself to rock.
  15. 15. Yoga4Mothers.com 15 http://yoga4mothers.com In this pose you can continue to circle and reach up to grab your partner’s neck so that your spine feels straight. Your partner helps youby pressing his bothhands onyour upper back, and breathing with you.
  16. 16. Yoga4Mothers.com 16 http://yoga4mothers.com As you move into your breath, you bring your energy down and use these long, long exhalations through your lips, to breathe your baby out.
  17. 17. Yoga4Mothers.com 17 http://yoga4mothers.com Change side, or come back to center for rest. You still feel the bond with your supportive partner.
  18. 18. Yoga4Mothers.com 18 http://yoga4mothers.com Some women find that to be in an all four position is very helpful to go through stages of contractions. At any stage, in any position, your partner can help you to relax. Remember, it’s the rest you take between each contraction that will help you to carry through labor. Your partner will press against your back with each exhalation.
  19. 19. Yoga4Mothers.com 19 http://yoga4mothers.com Having that soft touch connection will help mommy to feel safe to carry through labor. Order your partner whatever type of massage or touch you would like. Again, it’s okay to move around your hips at that stage. Try to exhale as long as you can through your lips.
  20. 20. Yoga4Mothers.com 20 http://yoga4mothers.com Or use whatever breathing techniques that are useful for you. Somewoman find they get a better opening if there’s supportfrombehind. So, place yourself in a supported squat. Your partner can sit on the chair or at the edge of the bed. You can use this position when your baby is ready to enter to the world. You can place cushions on the floor, or blocks to support your buttocks.
  21. 21. Yoga4Mothers.com 21 http://yoga4mothers.com Adjust the position of your feet so that your bodyis straight yet relaxed. Again, it’s crucial that you keep yourbothfeet really well grounded to the floor. Use catposture if you feel that you’re overwhelmed with the contraction, and that you deserve a rest. Go on your all fours and support your knee with a cushion or a folded blanket. This will help you to bring your focus back into your breath, and again cat pose helps to release back aches.
  22. 22. Yoga4Mothers.com 22 http://yoga4mothers.com Inhale, look up with your head, arch your back. Exhale, lower downyour head, push your backupwards, and press yourhands downas you breathe through contractions. This gentle rocking of your lower back will help you to ease the pain, and free up your vertebrae.
  23. 23. Yoga4Mothers.com 23 http://yoga4mothers.com Use the forceof gravity to take away some pressurefrom your lower back. You can even stay there and relax for a deep breath into child pose. It’s worth knowing a few simple variations of all four positions. So that if you feel comfortable, you can maintain them. Another way to give yourself somefreedom is to lean forward and backwards with your breath, or by doing simple circle moves. Inhale, exhale, come back. Breathe with each contraction, breathe with the wave of the contraction, move it down. Remember that your uterus is tilting forward with every contraction, and that all the
  24. 24. Yoga4Mothers.com 24 http://yoga4mothers.com time it’s working to open up your cervix. So vary in all four positions to find a comfortable place to be.. because it gives you some relief, and doesn’t stop the process of labor.
  25. 25. Yoga4Mothers.com 25 http://yoga4mothers.com In the fully established stage of labor, the laboring woman is sometimes simply too tired to use any floor positions, or to sit on the chair, or to stand up. She wants a rest, however, she doesn’t want to stop the process of labor.
  26. 26. Yoga4Mothers.com 26 http://yoga4mothers.com So by lying on your left side with the partner supporting the weight of your right leg will help you to get some rest without stopping the process of labor. Again, it looks tricky, it is easier if the woman lies on her bed, and your partner by her side on a chair.
  27. 27. Yoga4Mothers.com 27 http://yoga4mothers.com In this position, you still keep the large opening of your pelvis. Don’t hesitate to use any type of resting position in between contractions, in between each stage of labor. Lie down on your left hand side with as much support as you need. Stay with your breath, and ask your partner to give you a nice, gentle massage.
  28. 28. Yoga4Mothers.com 28 http://yoga4mothers.com By placing his both hands on your back, he will go along with you and with your breath. It will help you to keep your mind on your breath, especially in your exhalation. Breathing together is a very powerful bond. Make your breath noticeable so that your partner can breathe along with you, and may even sometimes correct you if your breathe gets out of sync.
  29. 29. Yoga4Mothers.com 29 http://yoga4mothers.com Having somebody who breathes with you will help you to go through labor. You are fantastic. Well done Mommy. Namaste Christelle Donaghy http://yoga4mothers.com If you are interestedin learning more about yoga formothers you are welcome to visit us athttp://yoga4mothers.com. We look forwardto sharing information for your pregnancy, labour and after childbirth.

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