It took me until my 4th time giving birth, but I finally stumbled upon a trick that made the whole thing far easier. I had read about hypnobirthing while pregnant with Bella (baby #3) and put some of the theories into practice, but it wasn’t until I tried “rainbow breathing” when in labour with Zara (baby #4) that I realised how amazingly powerful it could be as a tool for pain relief.
This technique is not limited to use when in labour, it could be used whenever you are uncomfortable, maybe in the dentist. It can be used to clear your mind, perhaps is you cannot sleep. It could even be used as a guided visualisation to help calm a distressed child.
So without further ado, this is rainbow breathing.
To start, clear your mind. Exhale.
Now take a deep breath in, breathing in the colour red. Think of beautiful red things. Vibrant red roses, rich red apples. Hold the breath, then exhale, slowly as you can, continuing to visualise as many bright red images as you can. I found it most soothing to think of images from nature; fruit, flowers etc, but you can visualise whatever works for you. Exhale for as long as you can until your lungs are totally empty. Breathe out tension.
Repeat this process until you reach the end of the rainbow.
If you are using this method during labour, start at the beginning of the rainbow when your contraction begins. Providing that your are exhaling slowly and completely before moving onto the next colour, the contraction should be gone by the time you reach the end of the rainbow, if not before.
This blog post was written as part of #BLOGTOBER17 . Each day there is a specific prompt laid out on the Hex Mum Blog and bloggers all over the world are writing their own particular take on the subject. Today is #DAY6 and the prompt is #FLOWERS