One of the greatest miracles in the world is the birth of a child.
There is something that is so amazing about the fact that a tiny seed can grow into a full-grown human being.
Yet, if you are a woman who has ever experienced giving birth, then you are someone who knows that “uncomfortable” doesn’t even begin to explain how painful the birthing experience can be.
There are guides to induce labor and many wives’ tales, but once it begins, we offer advice on how to manage the pain of labor.
Although they won’t totally take the pain away, they will make it more tolerable as you prepare for your new bundle of joy.
Top 5 Ways to Manage Pain During Labor
Sit in a warm tub.
As more and more mothers are becoming aware of the benefits of natural birth, more hospitals are installing tubs in the rooms on their birthing units.
That’s because warm water helps to ease the feeling of the contractions by bringing soothing relief to the muscles in the body.
Plus, the weightlessness of the water reduces the amount of pressure that many women feel.
Did you know that the majority of women who end up needing an episiotomy did so because they were on their back while trying to push out their baby and that position increases the risk of tearing?
One way to lower this possibility and also help to lessen the intensity of your contractions is to switch positions.
If you squat, stand up and rock from side to side or even lay on your side, these all can take some of the pressure off of your pelvis and back.
Get a doula.
Many women who have used midwives have known about the benefits of having a doula for years.
They are individuals who provide you with labor support.
They are there to meet your needs during the labor process by consoling you, making sure that the hospital honors your birthing plan and encouraging you when you’re feeling totally worn out.
A particular kind of birthing class that is becoming pretty popular is HynoBabies.
That’s because it teaches the art of centering in, breathing deeply and meditating.
A lot of moms who have taken this class or some form of yoga have found it to be beneficial during labor.
That’s because the short breaths that we see women in labor on television take are far from being beneficial.
The more oxygen that your body gets, the better off you will feel whether you’re looking for relief from contractions or even back or knee pain that you may encounter while changing positions.
Have a massage.
Whenever our bodies are sore, a massage helps to make them feel better.
This is no different when it comes to what we experience during labor.
One particular massage method that proves to be effective is having your partner or doula rub tennis balls up and down your spine.
If you are feeling extreme pressure, the “counter-pressure” can work wonders as you’re awaiting the birth of your little miracle.
When you feel better, connect with other new moms.