Pregnancy, Spontaneous Abortion, Buteyko and Breathing Retraining
(Learning the Buteyko method by modules)
(Module 8a. Restrictions, side effects, limits, and temporary contraindications)
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.
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