This article is part of Noelene Dwyer’s Pregnancy A to Z Essentials Series

Z : Zen Zone

There are some simple steps to staying in your birthing ‘Zen Zone’ and keeping all that mind chatter at bay.

You will need to be mindfully present in your birthing zone to allow yourself to be aligned and in touch with your body and stay centred and strong.

Tune into the rhythm of your breath and create a birthing mantra such as “birth: easy, calm, peaceful, gentle”.

Stay mindfully with your breath, regular practice during pregnancy helps you to stay in your zen zone during labour.

We all go through different brain activity levels at different times throughout the day.

During the day when you’re fully awake and at work or doing your daily activities, your brain is at work much faster than it is when it’s late at night and you’re ready for bed and in that drowsy state just before you go off to sleep for the night.

During labour and birth, you really want your brain to be working slower than usual, not faster than usual.

Brain Activity Levels

Do you remember back to our earlier discussion on brainwaves in the Hypnobirthing and Self Hypnosis articles?

As a quick refresher, here’s your brainwaves again:

Beta: The Beta state is a state of alertness and awareness in which you spend most of your waking time.

Alpha: The Alpha state is one in which conscious awareness is redirected. It is often accompanied by a sense of drowsiness.

Theta: Theta is that state that occurs between the light drowsiness and relaxation of alpha and the more profound heavy sleep of delta.

Delta: The Delta state is associated with the deepest stages of sleep and dreamless sleep.

The brain activity you need for birthing is Alpha and Theta.

These brain states are accessed when your body and your brain is in a more relaxed state.

It’s not always easy to get into the zone of deep relaxation but it is a skill you can learn, and you can start that relaxation process with your tranquil relaxation breathing.

Recipe for Peaceful Birth

Avoid Interventions: Stay at home for as long as possible before going to the hospital.

Dim Lights: Most mammals give birth at night and humans are mammals. If you can be in a dimmed environment, this will help you to feel safe, private and unobserved and it also reduces stimulation to that human part of your brain.

Privacy: Giving birth and showing all your ‘lady bits’ is a very intimate act. A birthing animal often seeks quiet, dark and privacy. Feeling private and unobserved is essential to allow your birthing body to birth your baby, feeling safe and unobserved.

Feel Safe & Supported: To feel safe, remove anxiety and fear to avoid the release of stress hormones. Dim lighting, quiet voices, relaxing music. Support person supporting you and holding your space and advocating for you.

Fingertip Massage: This is another great tool to use to release endorphins, your bodies own natural analgesia, thought to be 50 times more powerful than morphine – wow!!

Keep Warm: Keeping warm can inhibit the production of adrenalin which is one of your stress hormones.

Reduce Brain Stimulation: You breathe everyday automatically without even having to think about it.

How often do you sit quietly and pay attention to your breath?

The more you practice mindfulness, the easier it will become.

Relax – Relax – Relax: 3, 2, 1 – relax, relax, relax.

Muscles letting go of all tension. Centre yourself and tuning into your body.

Stay Quiet: You will be more able to tune into your primal birthing brain if everything is quiet.

“Let us make pregnancy an occasion when we appreciate our female bodies.”
~ Merete Leonhardt-Lupa

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