Coping with Labour

11 Natural Ways To Cope With Pain During Labour

If you are worried about how to cope with pain during labour check out these tips.

Knowing what to expect during the various stages of labour can help reduce anxiety about labour and birth. Antenatal classes are strongly recommended.

Being in good physical condition is important. Exercise gently and regularly throughout your pregnancy, avoid cigarettes and alcohol, and eat a healthy, balanced diet.

There are also many natural ways to cope with pain during labour that can help make your labour and birth experience easier.

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11 Natural Ways To Cope With Pain During Labour

  1. Breathing Techniques

Breathing techniques are a great way to cope with pain during labour. Deep breathing, slow breathing, and patterned breathing can help you relax and focus on something other than the pain. You can also try visualization techniques, such as imagining yourself in a peaceful place or visualizing the baby moving down the birth canal.

  1. Water

Water therapy is a popular way to cope with pain during labour. You can take a warm bath or shower, or use a birthing pool. The water can help to relax your muscles and reduce the intensity of contraction

Using water during labour and birth encourages reduction in pain, greater mobility that comes with buoyancy, induces relaxation and reduces abdominal pressure.

It also softens the effect on the perineum and vulva which promotes stretching during crowning. Giving birth in water also creates a more gentle entrance into the world for baby.

  1. Support

Continuous one-to-one support can help you cope better with contractions and have a more satisfying birth experience. The right sort of support, such as a doula, can even result in a slightly shorter labour.

  1. Massage

Massage can help to relieve pain and tension during labour. You can ask your partner or a doula to massage your back, shoulders, or feet. You can also use a massage ball or a foam roller to apply pressure to specific areas of your body.

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  1. Hypnosis

Hypnobirthing is a technique that uses relaxation, visualization, and self-hypnosis to manage pain during labour. It can help you to stay calm and focused during the birth process. You can take a hypnobirthing class or use a hypnobirthing app or CD to practice at home.

  1. Changing Positions And Being Active

Changing positions, and moving around during labour and birth, offers several benefits: increased comfort / reduced pain, distraction, and an enhanced sense of control. Having something active to do can relieve the sense of being overwhelmed and out of control.

Changing positions during labour can change the shape and size of the pelvis, which can help the baby’s head move to the optimal position during first stage labour, and helps the baby with rotation and descent during the second stage.

  1. Vocalisation

Vocalisation is, for many women, one of the most instinctual ways to cope with the intensity of labor. It is a natural way to release the discomfort and energy of contractions through audible tones.

  1. Music

Music can lower perception of pain, help to regulate heart rate and breathing, reducing the amount of morphine type drugs needed. Music can also reduce anxiety which in turn can help you feel calm and in control.

  1. TENS

A TENS machine is a small device that sends electrical impulses to the nerves in your body. It can help to reduce pain and tension during labour. You can rent or buy a TENS machine, and it is safe to use during pregnancy.

TENS has not been shown to be effective during the active phase of labour (when contractions get longer, stronger and more frequent). It’s most effective during the early stages.

Birthing ball

  1. Hot Or Cold Packs

Hot and cold packs are small containers that provide either heat or cold for use in dulling the sensations of pain and discomfort. They come in a variety of styles and shapes. Hospitals generally have chemical hot and cold packs that can be activated and used for about 1/2 an hour.

You could also use a hot water bottle, ice wrapped in a towel, a washcloth dipped in hot water or many other ways to bring warmth or cold to a part of the body.

  1. Birthing Balls

Using a birthing ball can help you adopt different upright positions, which can help you to labour effectively. It may even shorten your labour by an hour or so.

Using a birth ball during labour has been shown to help reduce the pain of contractions. You may find you instinctively sway and rock in rhythm with your contractions, and a birth ball gives great support for this.

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  1. I’m due 30 January and terrified of the pain! Thank you for these useful tips.

  2. I couldn’t face the idea of labour and not knowing when baby will arrive. I chose elective c-sections with both my children.

  3. Very helpful tips

  4. These are interesting and helpful tips but wasnt applicable to me as i had to get a c-section as i had no choice i wanted to go normal but after dr done examination he said that im not small for normal birth lucky for me he done examination and said it bec as he got our boy to take out he our boy decided to turned and that would have made anyway that i would have got a s-section.

  5. I wish i knew i know that i wouldnt got birth with c-section

  6. Well I did nothing special I sack it up and bears all the pain until I give birth

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