10 Natural Ways To Relieve Pain During Labor

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You may have heard some scary labour stories and are possibly are very worried about how you will be tackling your delivery. Well, if that is the case, you need not worry.

While it is true that some labour stories are indeed difficult, yours need not be so difficult or painful. With little help you can do away with the pharmaceutical solutions as well to ease your labour.

You can enjoy this natural procedure in the most comfortable way. Here are natural ways to relieve pain during labour for you: 

1. Relax:

  • Do not get into the panic mode as your labour starts.
  • Keep in mind the breathing techniques you knew and focus on your contractions.

2. A Hot Water Bottle or a Cold Bag May Help:

  • You can alleviate your labour pains, aching limbs and backache with a hot water bottle or a cold bag.
  • You can take an edge off your cramps with this natural solution.

3. Massaging:

  • Firm and slow body massage helps when you are in labour.
  • You can ask your partner or your midwife to give you a firm back massage.

4. Choose Comfortable Positions:

  • You can move around to find the position in which you are comfortable.
  • It may be like impersonating the cocking position of a dog, prostrating yourself or sitting down. Don’t worry about how you look.

5. Talk about your Fears:

  • Talk to a trusted friend or a knowledgeable person about your fears.
  • When you voice your concerns to someone you can trust you can get practical solutions to your problems.

6. Know More about Labour:

  • Look into books, magazines, videos, websites, check with your doula and get in touch with your doctor.
  • Once you are familiar with different procedures and customs of child birth at birth centers, hospitals and at home, you can make an informed decision. It is always better to have such discussions before labour.

7. Practice Breathing Techniques:

  • Try to take deep breaths in contractions. Moaning and exhaling also helps.
  • You can ask your partner to help you if you lost the rhythm by holding hands, or with eye contact.

8. Water Therapy:

  • Try a Jacuzzi and let the warm water offer you some comforts. Hydrotherapy helps you relax and reduces pain.
  • Make sure to keep the jet directed away from your vagina, as you would not want to force water inside.

9. Acupuncture:

  • An acupuncturist can offer effective and natural pain relief in labour.
  • See if the hospital arranges for an acupuncturist or you can find one for yourself.

10. Aromatherapy Can Help:

  • A calming atmosphere will help you feel good, whether you are at home or in a hospital set up.
  • You can add few drops of essential oils in the water and enjoy a warm bath.

Here are some oils that you can try:

  • Lavender: This offers a calming effect and relieves you from back pains. It is also a great antiseptic.
  • Ylang Ylang: Offers a soothing effect.
  • Clary Sage: This offers sedative, analgesic properties.
  • Neroli: This helps when you are nervous or feeling scared.

Check if your hospital has a point for oil burners. In case the hospital provides no arrangements, you can ask if you can carry your own electrical fault. It is good to bring oil burners that evaporate with candle.

Do Remember:

  • These natural labour pain management procedures are meant to make birthing a more soothing experience for you.
  • Different methods are suggested in different stages of your pregnancy.
  • If you are looking for a “one-size fits all” solution, you are wasting your time.
  • Make sure to be open to new ideas, as your body’s preferences tend to change from time to time.

Natural method of childbirth cannot be completely free from pain. The aim is to address unnecessary sources of discomforts that include ineffective position, lack of proper nutrition and anxiety. Elimination of these factors will make natural birthing a lot more comfortable experience for you.


This article was culled from MomJunction.Com for the benefits of pregnant Corps members.

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