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Every day, your body needs water to rejuvenate and stay hydrated.
The water you drink is the core essence of life so it’s always important to drink pure.

7.05.2015 | Trimesters

Pregnancy Workout: Learn to Breathe Easy

Pregnancy Workout: Learn to Breathe Easy

As your pregnancy progresses, you may sometimes feel short of breath. This happens because of your expanding womb, which holds your baby and is now beginning to occupy more room, giving your lungs less space to expand. Thus, you may feel breathless and as the baby keeps growing, this may occur even more often.

But remember, this feeling of breathlessness does not mean that you are getting insufficient air. So, don’t try to correct the situation by taking deep and short breaths as that may only make you feel more breathless, tingly, dizzy or even faint.

Tips to easy breathing

Here are some tips to follow when you feel you are short of breath:

  • Relax. Give yourself some time to rest as this will help reduce your breathlessness
  • Take a walk as this will help you sleep and make you fitter, thus indirectly helping you to relax
Breathing during labour

Many women experience some relief during labour by practising “patterned breathing”. This term simply refers to a pattern or method of breathing. Different patterns can be used at different times. Some instances are mentioned below:

  • At the start and end of each contraction: take a deep, relaxing breath to help you focus and to give more oxygen to your baby, your muscles and the uterus
  • During the first phase of labour: there are different breathing patterns at this stage. “Slow breathing” may help when it becomes difficult to talk or walk during the contraction. “Light accelerated breathing” refers to around 1 breath per second, through the mouth, and may help during the active phase of labour. “Variable (transition) breathing” combines light breathing with longer exhaling
  • During the second phase of labour: “Expulsion breathing” is practiced when the cervix has dilated fully
  • To prevent early pushing: During both stages of labour, a woman may feel like pushing, prematurely. Specific breathing patterns can help prevent this
The importance of breathing clean air

Studies have suggested that woman who breathe polluted air with high levels of ozone are at a higher risk of pre-eclampsia (hypertension during pregnancy) and pre-term birth (childbirth before 37 weeks of pregnancy); this may occur more frequently in women suffering from asthma. Also, exposure to pollution with a high concentration of PM2.5 (particulate matter of size 2.5μm), may increase the possibility of autism in the child.

Smoking is dangerous for you and your baby

Women who smoke may have trouble conceiving a child, while those who smoke during pregnancy increase their risk of complications such as:

  • Higher risk of pre-term birth
  • Higher risk of pre-term birth
  • Possible damage to the baby’s lungs and brain
Tips to remember:
  • Whatever enters your body during pregnancy can impact you and your baby’s health, be it the air, food or even water
  • Safe drinking water is advised during pregnancy and Pureit makes sure you drink nothing but that
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