Let’s talk about love, or more specifically the hormone of love oxytocin
As it’s that time of year where we celebrate the ones we love with cards, flowers and boxes of chocolates I thought it would be fitting to talk about oxytocin, otherwise known as the hormone of love. Oxytocin got this nickname as it’s produced at certain moments in our lives, when we fall in love, when we make love and when we give birth. Oxytocin is absolutely critical in ensuring that labour progresses well and that muscles of the uterus do what they need to do. Unfortunately oxytocin has another nickname, it’s sometimes called the shy hormone. This is because if you feel observed or unsafe then the brain will stop producing oxytocin. When this happens labour can slow down and the uterine muscles can work against each other.
So how can you ensure that oxytocin is flowing freely during your labour?
1) Creating a safe environment.
This is mainly up to the birth partner as mum needs to be focused on her job of giving birth. Whatever environment you chose to have you baby in, whether it is at home or at a hospital make sure mum feels safe and comfortable. This could be done be making sure there is minimal intervention or by having home comforts present such as a blanket or pillow.
2) Ensuring Mum feels calm and at ease.
There are lots of ways of achieving this, using hypnobirthing breathing techniques, playing calming music and/or hypnobirthing scripts, being well prepared and having the knowledge of what to expect. When mum (and Dad) feel calm and relaxed you will have an oxytocin filled room!
3) When adrenaline is not present.
Adrenaline and oxytocin cannot be present at the same time. Adrenaline is not helpful during labour, it takes blood away from where mum needs it i.e. the uterus and placenta and takes it to the legs and arms as adrenaline initiates the fight or flight response. To ensure adrenaline doesn’t kick in mum must not feel fearful. So in preparation for labour explore what you are fearful of. Find out the information you need so you are empowered and knowledgeable during this exciting and wonderful experience.
Hypnobirthing can teach you the skills and techniques to ensure you have an oxytocin filled birth. To find out how you can achieve this with Bucks and Berks Hypnobirthing please contact us here or on 07399 405578.
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