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Breathing for Peace

This simple breathing exercise can be a good calming device for when you find yourself in stressful situations. You can practice this exercise standing up, or sitting or lying down in a comfortable position.

Place your hand on your lower abdomen.

Breathe normally but make sure that your chest does not rise as much as your abdomen.

Breathe through your nose for the count of 5 seconds, letting your hand rise with your stomach.

If you are not pregnant, hold your breath for the count of 5; if you are pregnant, skip to the next step as holding your breath while pregnant is not good for the baby.

Exhale slowly for the count of 5, gently pushing down with the hand that rests on your stomach.

Do this exercise for as long you can and try to increase the amount of time you do it each time. The practice will slowly weave its way into your normal breathing to help relieve anxiety and stress.


  • Promotes healthy breathing on a regular basis
  • Relieves anxiety and stress
  • Improves your ability to concentrate

Be Realistic

After giving birth, be realistic with yourself. Don't stress yourself out trying to do too much. Be sure to create your schedule so that you have a decent amount of time for just you or to spend with your partner, one on one.


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