Relaxation Exercises

There are exercises that can take your mind off of your contractions and help you remain relaxed in labor while your uterus is hard at work.

Relaxation exercises should be practiced, so that you’ll be ready when your true contractions begin. Here’s an example:

  • Begin by lying on a firm surface with one or two pillows under your head and shoulders and one pillow under your knees. Tip your body slightly to one side or another, so you’re not lying flat on your back.
  • Raise your arms about two feet from the floor or bed, stretch them slightly and hold for a few seconds, then slowly bring them down. When they’re about six inches from the floor, release your arms and let them fall limply to the floor. Your legs should be fully relaxed.
  • Repeat with LEFT arm and RIGHT leg, keeping the other arm and leg totally relaxed.
  • Repeat with RIGHT arm and LEFT leg, keeping the other arm and leg totally relaxed.
  • Repeat with RIGHT arm and RIGHT leg, keeping the other arm and leg totally relaxed.
  • Repeat with LEFT arm and LEFT leg, keeping the other arm and leg totally relaxed, and
  • Repeat with three limbs, keeping the remaining one fully relaxed.