5 ways to manage labor pains

Most women rate the labor pains at a ten on a scale from one-to-ten. At the very end of your labor process, your doctor will ask you to “push” during contractions. Pushing generally goes a lot quicker than you might imagine. For most women, labor contractions are more painful than the final pushing because they get more and more intense as you get closer to delivery. By the time your doctor asks you to start pushing most of the work is actually already done. Here are 6 ways you can prepare for labor pains. 

Start walking

I know the last thing you might want to do when you almost in labor is to start walking. During all three of my pregnancies, the walking helped bring on the contractions that eventually lead to delivery. Walking outside in the fresh air is a great way to get the blood pumping inside your body. Take regular walks to keep your body healthy. As you near your pregnancy due date, don’t sit on the couch all day, even if your body aches. It’s important to take short walks all the way up to the point of having regular contractions. 

Relaxation

Doctors will always tell you to relax. Taking the time to think your personal keys to relaxation is a great step to preparing for your labor. Know what makes you feel relaxed before the doctor is telling you to relax. The simple idea behind relaxation is the fact that when you fear labor pains, you can tense up and make the pain worse. Find a place where your mind can go in-between contractions so that you are not watching a countdown clock with a fearful eye. 

Breathing

Practice your breathing techniques. Breathing can help you stay relaxed and should know your breathing routine. In through the nose, and out through the mouth is always the best practice. Practice your breathing at home and try to control your fear. Imagine the labor and delivery room in your mind. Think about it and breathe. 

Massage 

Ask your husband for a foot massage. Your feet and ankles will likely need a massage almost every day. You can ask a local massage therapist if they are able to give you a prenatal massage. If you are a few days late for delivery on your due date, you can also ask about induction massages. Women have pressure points that can be massaged to help induce labor contractions. 

What is the most powerful pressure point for inducing labor? 

I have found the massaging the ankles are the most powerful pressure point but this could be different for every woman. 

Epidural

Epidurals have advanced dramatically with modern medicine delivery. 10 years ago Epidurals were given with long needs that could leave you completely numb. Today Epidurals can be administered in a matter of minutes and work with a continuous drip so that you can’t run out. A good Epidural allows you to feel enough pressure to be able to push during contractions. An Epidural can make labor pain much more manageable. 

A Labor Grip

Come prepared with a LaborGrip for contractions during labor. Sure you will want to hold your husband’s hand on one side of the bed, but for your other hand, get an extra strength LaborGrip. 

Labor Grip
Labor Grip

Summary:

There are multiple ways you can prepare for labor pains that do not require medicine. Including, hypnosis, yoga, meditation, walking, prenatal massages and listening to calming music. Think about preparing your self mental first, so that you can arrive ready to manage your labor pains. Coming to the labor and delivery room with a clear mind will help you and your husband’s interactions with the hospital staff much more enjoyable. 

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