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Do you understand the important role adrenaline plays in labour?

Updated: Sep 24, 2022

Well, labouring women actually have a love / hate relationship with adrenaline, and learning about these pros and cons can be of huge help in learning about birth. Don't worry hypnobirthing will help..

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When we feel calm and relaxed, we release Oxytocin, which is known as the love hormone and we need it for labour to happen. Oxytocin keeps adrenaline at bay, preventing it from being released.

When we feel scared, or anxious or cross, adrenaline floods our bodies making our heart rates rise and making us feel less than calm and relaxed. Think about a time in your life that you have felt scared or cross... 😤 the thumping heart, the swooshy head, the heavy, shallow breathing. This is the the effect of adrenaline, and this is not what a labouring woman wants or needs to feel. Adrenaline flooding the body of a labouring woman will tell her body that it isn’t safe to birth, and this isn’t the right time. Labour can slow, or even stop ✋ altogether, and muscles will tense making contractions more intense and uncomfortable. Adrenaline is not our friend here...

So where does the love 💕relationship come in? Right at the end of your first stage of labour, when you are 9-10cm dilated, you will enter the transition period, right before your baby’s head crowns. THIS is where we need the pure power of adrenaline 🙌 To gather our last piece of energy. to bring our babies down and our, into our arms and in to the world 🌎 And the great thing here is, you don’t need to do anything, your body will do it all for you... 💪

So, how can you keep adrenaline at bay in the early stages of labour?

You can learn about our secret weapons of birth in our hypnobirthing courses. Our unique toolkit for birth will teach you some wonderful exercises to use during labour, to keep you calm and keep adrenaline from being released. Practice makes perfect you could join one of our pregnancy relaxation classes where you get to practice relaxation for pregnancy & birth.

Are you ready for a calm positive birth experience?

You only get to birth this baby once, don’t leave it to chance and hope for the best book one of our courses now. Let me know in the comments below how you plan to avoid adrenaline in labour?

Donna x

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