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Laughter in Birth?

“Why does laughter have such a powerfully positive effect during labor?⁠⠀
The mental and physical benefits of laughter have been a topic of study for many researchers, and here are some of their conclusions:⁠⠀
Laughter helps your body release tension.⁠⠀
Laughter increases your air intake and therefore increases your oxygen intake. Every inch of your body is working overtime during labor and birth, so it’s important to breathe deeply.⁠⠀
Laughter helps you get the full benefit of your endorphins, nature’s painkiller. Your body will naturally produce endorphins during labor, and the more you’re able to relax, the more you’ll be able to appreciate the benefit of these powerful hormones. Laughing can even add an extra oomph to the endorphins released, which is always a welcome addition to your labor.⁠⠀
So, how can you go about adding some fun to what can be a intimidating task?⁠⠀
Surround yourself with people who make your heart happy. ⁠⠀
Keep moving and (when you can) grooving. Muscles that are moving are going to stay looser than muscles that are still. ⁠⠀
Stay true to yourself and your sense of humor. It’s hard to have a sense of humor when you’re in pain. After all, many movie scenes have been made about the laboring mom who snaps at her well meaning but wisecracking husband during birth. Being open to laughter during labor doesn’t mean arming your partner or doula with a book of knock-knock jokes. It means being true to who you are and what brings you joy.” – Jennifer Stutzman⁠⠀
Will every contraction bring belly laughs? Of course not – labor is hard work! But staying relaxed and welcoming as many contractions as you can with a smile on your face will absolutely help you to have your best birth experience 

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