How to Breathe when Labour Becomes Intense:

Try to be calm and gentle with your breathing. Don’t be forceful.

Try counting your inhales and exhales – inhale one, inhale two, inhale three, exhale one, exhale two, exhale three. Have an equal ratio.

Ask your partner, Doula or midwife do practice conscious breathing with you. Adding sound to your breath on the exhalation can also help finding your breathe again.Try humming, repeating the word ‘Om’ , hissing or moaning.

Om Breathing Exercise

Sitting in a comfortable seated position (have your sit bones support by a folded blanket, cushion or block). Close your eyes. Take five deep breaths; inhaling and exhaling through the nose. Take an inhale and on the exhale open the mouth and repeat the word Om. Repeat up to 20 times.

Om chanting helps to lower blood pressure, reduce mental tension and stress. It also improves the functioning of the heart. Om chanting also helps in the spiritual development of the baby because of the sound and positive vibrations.

Chanting Om during labor helps to bring focus to mind and relax muscles and allowing the body to be open for delivery.

How to Om:

Om is pronounces Aaa Uuuu MMMM.

Let the A sound start as a vibration near the navel or abdomen working it’s way upward.

Let the U sound vibrate in the chest.

Let the M sound roll up into the throat and head.

Chanting Om is a wonderful way to relax during labor and assist in maintain a calm environment.

Padma Yogi offers three drop in prenatal yoga classes each week.

Each class is 75 minutes and includes a variety of yoga poses, core strengthen exercises and restorative postures.

Our classes are taught by a registered prenatal yoga instructor, certified birth and postpartum doula and childbirth educator. The teacher includes tips and tricks to support your pregnancy, childbirth and labour.

To learn more about our classes and to see our schedule, click here.

Women sitting together

My weekly prenatal yoga classes with Melissa helped me so much to relax and to get my body prepared for the big day. During labour my daughter came into distress at some point. I was able to relax my mind and body with techniques that Melissa taught me – and it worked! I delivered the most beautiful girl calmly and it was the most amazing experience. I’d recommend prenatal yoga to all women.” – Claudia