One of the most common questions we get asked from expectant parents is...Why the nose and not the mouth?
In hypnobirthing, breathing in through the nose and out through the nose is a common practice because it helps to promote relaxation and maintain a calm state. This type of breathing is called nasal breathing. Here are some reasons why it's beneficial when birthing:
Calming effect: Nasal breathing activates the parasympathetic nervous system, which is responsible for relaxation and restoration. This helps to reduce stress, anxiety, and fear, allowing the birthing person to focus on their body and birthing process.
Oxygenation: Breathing through the nose helps to warm and humidify the air, which enhances oxygen absorption. This is important during whilst birthing, as the baby needs a continuous supply of oxygen.
Maintaining focus: Breathing in and out through the nose encourages a consistent rhythm, which can be helpful for maintaining focus on relaxation and the hypnobirthing techniques.
Reducing pain: Nasal breathing can stimulate the release of endorphins, which are natural pain-relieving chemicals in the body. This can help to manage any intense/powerful sensations whilst birthing.
It is important to know that while nasal breathing is recommended in hypnobirthing, it is essential to follow what feels most comfortable and natural for each individual. If breathing through the mouth feels more comfortable, it is perfectly fine to do so. The goal is to remain relaxed and focused during labour, using the techniques that work best for each person.
The Wise Hippo