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Diaphragmatic Breathing during Pregnancy

Diaphragmatic Breathing during Pregnancy
23rd May 2018 Chloe

Diaphragmatic Breathing

Diaphragmatic Breathing can help to bring calm and relaxation whilst enhancing a persons body awareness and ability to cope with anxiety.

What is the diaphragm?

The diaphragm is dome-shaped muscle that lies at the bottom of the rib cage and is the primary breathing muscle.

What is Diaphragmatic Breathing?

Diaphragmatic Breathing is where you use your diaphragm (primary breathing muscle) to breathe. It is not uncommon (especially in adults) to see the chest rise as they breathe and the stomach sucked in. This is an indicator that the diaphragm has not been engaged correctly which can result in a weaker core and a reduced amount of oxygen being drawn into the body.

When diaphragmatic breathing is performed correctly we will be able to visually see the stomach rise as the air is drawn into the lower part of the lungs. Diaphragmatic breathing can include the chest rising however this should be the last thing expand. Try to imagine drawing all of your breath into the entire rib cage, include the front, back and sides.

As we breathe out, the opposite occurs and we can see both the chest and stomach fall and relax. In general, children are naturally better at diaphragmatic breathing than adults.

Why is Diaphragmatic Breathing important?

Diaphragmatic Breathing ensures that the air is drawn into the lower part of the lungs. By breathing correctly you can help to decrease any additional intra-abdominal pressure on your stomach, which can help you to maintain a functional, stable core and to avoid any muscular imbalances leading to abdominal separation.

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Zest Tech Top Sizes (UK)

Use the chart below to determine your size based on your measurements. If you’re on the borderline between two sizes, order the smaller size for a tighter fit or the larger size for a looser fit.

Size Chest Length Pre-Pregnancy Size
Small 34.5cm 64.5cm 6-8
Medium 37cm 66cm 8-10
Large 39.5cm 67.5cm 10-12
X Large 42cm 69cm 12-14

Breathe Legging Sizes (UK)

Use the chart below to determine your size based on your measurements. If you’re on the borderline between two sizes, order the smaller size for a tighter fit or the larger size for a looser fit.

Size Chest Length Pre-Pregnancy Side
Small 41.5cm 68cm 8-10
Medium 44cm 69.5cm 10-12
Large 46.5cm 71cm 12-14
X-Large 49cm 72.5cm 14-16

 

Zest Vest Sizes (UK)

Use the chart below to determine your size based on your measurements. If you’re on the borderline between two sizes, order the smaller size for a tighter fit or the larger size for a looser fit.

Size Chest Length Pre-Pregnancy Size
Small 41.5cm 68cm 8-10
Medium 44cm 69.5cm 10-12
Large 46.5cm 71cm 12-14
X Large 49cm 72.5cm 14-16

 

Zest Tech Top Sizes (UK)

Use the chart below to determine your size based on your measurements. If you’re on the borderline between two sizes, order the smaller size for a tighter fit or the larger size for a looser fit.

Size Chest Length Pre-Pregnancy Size
Small 34.5cm 64.5cm 6-8
Medium 37cm 66cm 8-10
Large 39.5cm 67.5cm 10-12
X Large 42cm 69cm 12-14

 

Zest Vest Sizes (UK)

Use the chart below to determine your size based on your measurements. If you’re on the borderline between two sizes, order the smaller size for a tighter fit or the larger size for a looser fit.

Size Chest Length Pre-Pregnancy Size
Small 41.5cm 68cm 8-10
Medium 44cm 69.5cm 10-12
Large 46.5cm 71cm 12-14
X Large 49cm 72.5cm 14-16

 

Zest Tech Top Sizes (UK)

Use the chart below to determine your size based on your measurements. If you’re on the borderline between two sizes, order the smaller size for a tighter fit or the larger size for a looser fit.

Size Chest Length Pre-Pregnancy Size
Small 34.5cm 64.5cm 6-8
Medium 37cm 66cm 8-10
Large 39.5cm 67.5cm 10-12
X Large 42cm 69cm 12-14

 

Zest Legging Sizes (UK)

Use the chart below to determine your size based on your measurements. If you’re on the borderline between two sizes, order the smaller size for a tighter fit or the larger size for a looser fit.

Size Hip (circumference) Inner Leg Length Pre-Pregnancy Size
Small 84cm 70cm 8-10
Medium 88cm 70cm 10-12
Large 92cm 70cm 12-14
X Large 96cm 70cm 14-16

Zest Tech Top Sizes (UK)

Use the chart below to determine your size based on your measurements. If you’re on the borderline between two sizes, order the smaller size for a tighter fit or the larger size for a looser fit.

Size Chest Length Pre-Pregnancy Size
Small 34.5cm 64.5cm 6-8
Medium 37cm 66cm 8-10
Large 39.5cm 67.5cm 10-12
X Large 42cm 69cm 12-14

 

Zest Legging Sizes (UK)

Use the chart below to determine your size based on your measurements. If you’re on the borderline between two sizes, order the smaller size for a tighter fit or the larger size for a looser fit.

Size Hip (circumference) Inner Leg Length Pre-Pregnancy Size
Small 84cm 70cm 10-12
Medium 88cm 70cm 12-14
Large 92cm 70cm 14-16
X Large 96cm 70cm 16-18

Zest Vest Sizes (UK)

Use the chart below to determine your size based on your measurements. If you’re on the borderline between two sizes, order the smaller size for a tighter fit or the larger size for a looser fit.

Size Chest Length Pre-Pregnancy Size
Small 41.5cm 68cm 8-10
Medium 44cm 69.5cm 10-12
Large 46.5cm 71cm 12-14
X Large 49cm 72.5cm 14-16

 

Zest Tech Top Sizes (UK)

Use the chart below to determine your size based on your measurements. If you’re on the borderline between two sizes, order the smaller size for a tighter fit or the larger size for a looser fit.

Size Chest Length Pre-Pregnancy Size
Small 34.5cm 64.5cm 6-8
Medium 37cm 66cm 8-10
Large 39.5cm 67.5cm 10-12
X Large 42cm 69cm 12-14

 

Zest Legging Sizes (UK)

Use the chart below to determine your size based on your measurements. If you’re on the borderline between two sizes, order the smaller size for a tighter fit or the larger size for a looser fit.

Size Hip (circumference) Inner Leg Length Pre-Pregnancy Size
Small 84cm 70cm 8-10
Medium 88cm 70cm 10-12
Large 92cm 70cm 12-14
X Large 96cm 70cm 14-16

Breathe Vest Sizes (UK)

Use the chart below to determine your size based on your measurements. If you’re on the borderline between two sizes, order the smaller size for a tighter fit or the larger size for a looser fit.

Size Chest Length Pre-Pregnancy Side
Small 41.5cm 68cm 8-10
Medium 44cm 69.5cm 10-12
Large 46.5cm 71cm 12-14
X-Large 49cm 72.5cm 14-16

 

Breathe Legging Sizes (UK)

Use the chart below to determine your size based on your measurements. If you’re on the borderline between two sizes, order the smaller size for a tighter fit or the larger size for a looser fit.

Size Chest Length Pre-Pregnancy Side
Small 41.5cm 68cm 8-10
Medium 44cm 69.5cm 10-12
Large 46.5cm 71cm 12-14
X-Large 49cm 72.5cm 14-16

 

Breathe Legging Sizes (UK)

Use the chart below to determine your size based on your measurements. If you’re on the borderline between two sizes, order the smaller size for a tighter fit or the larger size for a looser fit.

Size Chest Length Pre-Pregnancy Side
Small 41.5cm 68cm 8-10
Medium 44cm 69.5cm 10-12
Large 46.5cm 71cm 12-14
X-Large 49cm 72.5cm 14-16

 

Breathe Vest Sizes (UK)

Use the chart below to determine your size based on your measurements. If you’re on the borderline between two sizes, order the smaller size for a tighter fit or the larger size for a looser fit.

Size Chest Length Pre-Pregnancy Side
Small 41.5cm 68cm 8-10
Medium 44cm 69.5cm 10-12
Large 46.5cm 71cm 12-14
X-Large 49cm 72.5cm 14-16