Pregnancy, Spontaneous Abortion, Buteyko and Breathing Retraining
(Learning the Buteyko method by modules)
(Module 8a. Restrictions, side effects, limits, and temporary contraindications)
The main danger during pregnancy is spontaneous abortion that can happen due to a cleansing reaction caused by very fast progress in body-oxygen test results due to breathing retraining.
Imagine a pregnant woman who starts with about 10-12 s CP. Note that hyperventilation, hypocapnia, reduced perfusion, hypoxemia, headaches, cramps, and many other effects of hyperventilation (hypertension, asthma, poor blood sugar control, anxiety, coughing, and many other effects) are common in pregnant females these days. Then assume that she achieves 35-40 s for the body-oxygen test in 4-6 days due to intensive breathing retraining.
Her automatic or unconscious breathing pattern becomes much slower and lighter. Body oxygenation gets much higher. The immune system becomes highly sensitive to abnormal tissues and is able to reject transplanted organs, as we considered above. Similarly, the immune system at higher CPs can easily reject an embryo at the state when it is not yet attached to the womb of the mother (the first trimester of the pregnancy), as Buteyko breathing doctors discovered during the 1960's. The chances of spontaneous abortion are much higher, if the growing embryo accumulated medical drugs or if the mother have been taking medication before and immediately after getting pregnant.
In order to prevent this scenario, the pregnant woman should have a
defensive program of breathing retraining based on prevention of large CP
fluctuations or CP losses (episodes of hyperventilation) due to overeating, mouth
breathing, supine sleep, poor posture, morning hyperventilation, etc. The rate of CP
progress while learning the Buteyko technique or using breathing devices
(the Frolov device or DIY breathing device) should be limited:
- for women who used medical drugs for long time or were exposed to toxic chemicals by 2 s in one week;
- for other pregnant women by 3 s in one week.
Reference pages: Breathing norms and the DIY body oxygen test:
- Breathing norms: Parameters, graph, and description of the normal breathing pattern
- Body-oxygen test (CP test) : How to measure your own breathing and body oxygenation (two in one) using a simple DIY test
References: pages about CO2 effect:
- Vasodilation: CO2 expands arteries and arterioles facilitating perfusion (or blood supply) to all vital organs
- The Bohr effect: How and why oxygen is released by red blood cells in body tissues
- Nerve stabilization: Carbon dioxide has powerful calmative and sedative effects on brain neurons and nerve cells
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