10 incredible ways to deal with labour pains naturally
Having a baby requires hard work and a lot of the work is knowing how to handle the pain. However, there are ways to relieve and manage pain naturally and you can choose yours according to your convenience. First, decide who will be with you during this process. Then find out what you can do with your body and mind during contractions.
1) Find a comfortable environment
Your place of birth must be soothing. There should be space for a walk, a bath, and a variety of furniture and devices to make movements that will help relieve pain: a rocking chair, a birth ball , a low stool and a soft bed. He should also have ways to encourage you to try a variety of positions. Access to appropriate medical care is crucial if problems arise.
2) If you have the opportunity, choose your team carefully
Competent midwives, doctors, nurses, partners and loved ones form a support team. When you are treated with respect and patience, stress and inhibitions decrease, and you can more easily find better coping mechanisms for pain.
3) Express your fears and doubts
Are you concerned about pain and work, syringes, or medications? Talk to your doctor, a trusted friend. Attention to your concerns can provide relief as well as practical solutions to your concerns. Indicate your preferences regarding the birth plan can also help soothe fears.
4) Practice rhythmic breathing
Breathe deeply at a slow pace during contractions. Release the pressure with each exhale and try to moan. Also try to breathe quickly, about once every 2 to 3 seconds (for 20 to 30 minutes). If you lose your rhythm, your partner should help you find it with eye contact, rhythmic movements of the hand or head, or talking between contractions.
5) Use image and visualization
By focusing on something that makes you happy (such as your partner’s face, an inspiring image, or a favorite object), you hold your senses and decrease your awareness of pain. Listen to music, a soothing voice or a recording of the waves of the ocean, and imagine yourself in a relaxing environment.
6) Take a shower or a hot bath
A hot shower is soothing, especially if you can sit on a stool and direct the shower head over your abdomen or back. Bathing in the hot water can also relax you, and it can even speed up the work.
7) Keep walking
Move as much as you can. Go for a walk, swing, crouch down. Some positions will be more comfortable than others.
8) Look for relief with a hot or cold compress
Place a warm towel over your lower abdomen, groin, lower back, or shoulders during labour. A cold glove or a latex glove filled with ice chips can soothe the painful areas. A piece of fresh tissue can relieve your face, your chest or a sweaty blow.
9) Enjoy a soft touch or a massage
Whether is someone holding your hand, caressing your cheek or hair, pumping your hand or shoulder, touching conveys comfort, care and understanding. Ask your partner to give you a light or firm massage with oil or lotion.
10) Learn all you need to know about labour
Discover everything you can about labour in books, magazines, videos, on websites; during an appointment at the hospital and during discussions with your doctor, family and friends. Familiarize yourself with the procedures and customs of your hospital or birth center, and ask for flexibility. Such discussions are better before labour. More knowledge means fewer surprises.