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Aqua Yoga For Labor

Aqua Yoga

Yoga is a centuries’ old practice that promotes balance,energy, deep breathing and relaxation. The therapeutic and buoyant effect of water is combined with energizing and harmonizing effects of yoga provide the optimum workout for you and your baby.

Aqua Yoga begins with yoga poses and swimming techniques for pregnancy designed to open the pelvis, deep breathing and ease aches and pains. If you aim to have a water birth, Aqua Yoga suggests exercises to help reduce the pain of labor, to ease the birth and open your pelvis in preparation for delivery.

When you labor in water, you escape to a peaceful protected world where you can be at one with the rhythm of the contractions and your breathing. The water massages, supports and envelops you in a way that is far removed from being watched in a labor ward. It gives you total privacy and comfort, in your own world with your baby.

Experience gathered from thousands of women by midwives and doctors who attended the first International Water birth Conference at Wembley, London, in 1995 showed that the more the body of a laboring woman is immersed in water, the more effective is the pain relief. Most women did not go underwater during labor, but it helped some to concentrate during painful uterine contractions.

Laboring while in warm water has the advantage of  maximizing the supply of rich oxygenated blood to the hard-working uterus in several ways: the muscles that maintain your posture against gravity are supported; major veins and arteries are not obstructed in any position; temperature is even and less blood is diverted to the periphery of the body.

Exercises recommended in birthing pool

Exercises in the swimming pool or the birthing pool in early labor can help greatly to open the cervix. Short active periods can be alternated with quieter restful ones, during which you can practice visualization techniques or just relax and breathe through your contractions as they come and go.

Pelvic rolls and swings in the birthing pool

Rolls and swings increase the pressure or the baby’s head in a rhythmical way and involve you actively in the process of making space for your baby to come down into the birth passage.

Knee-bent variations

These are useful movements which can get a baby “unstuck” from an awkward presentation and help promote stronger labour when contractions become weak during the first stage, as this is usually because the head of the baby is not pressing on the cervix at the best angle.

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