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How to Stay Calm When Your Wife Is in Labor

Watch more New Parents Survival Kit videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - Stay calm when your wife is in labor with these new-dad tested tips. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Step 1: Fake it On the big day, force yourself to pretend that you're relaxed and confident. Simply acting like you're cool, calm, and collected doesn't just fool others—it actually tricks your own brain into believing that you feel that way. Tip If you feel yourself starting to lose it, pick a spot in the room to stare at until you feel calmer. That's what expectant mothers are taught to do in Lamaze classes. Step 2: Breathe Take another tip from Lamaze—breathe! Inhale deeply, count to ten, and exhale. Deep breathing physically relaxes you by slowing your heart rate. Step 3: Talk Talk to your wife—about anything other than what's happening. It will divert her from the pain and you from panic. Step 4: Reassure her Make reassuring gestures—hold her hand, stroke her hair, give her a back or foot massage. Doing something nice for someone else triggers the release of endorphins, which will boost your spirits. Step 5: Listen to music Play some relaxing, quiet music—nothing with a strong beat—and when you start to feel overwhelmed, sit, close your eyes, and focus on the soothing tune. Tip Force yourself to keep your voice quiet and calm, too. Hearing the panic in your own voice will stress you out even further. Step 6: Drink up! Have a drink—of orange juice, that is. Vitamin C lowers stress hormones in the bloodstream—and the effect is almost immediate. Don't like juice? A 1,000 mg tablet of vitamin C will work, too. Step 7: Chew some gum Chew some gum. A Columbia University study found that chewing relaxes people by reducing muscular tension. Warning Studies show lavender and vanilla increase the brain's alpha waves, which are associated with relaxation. But beware: while you bliss out, your wife could be nauseated by the scents. Step 8: Go to your happy place Visualize something soothing. Brain scans show that if you close your eyes and picture a peaceful scene, you'll start producing relaxing alpha waves in less than 30 seconds. Step 9: Take a break If things become too intense and you're worried you're going to faint, have a seat and tuck your head between your knees—or step out of the room completely for a breath of fresh air. Better to take a quick break than to create your very own medical emergency. Did You Know? The first hospital in Iran to allow fathers in the delivery room did so in 2007.
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