Being prepared for childbirth is important. During birth, you can do various things to make yourself more comfortable, encourage labor to progress and reduce the chances of interventions. There are many things you can do to reduce pain during pregnancy such as taking supplements, exercising regularly, improving eating habits and much more. Here are some ways to give birth without pain:
Think positive and stay focused
A task becomes easier if you give yourself a positive message about any task. If the people around you remind you of your strength and the great reason for the pain, childbirth may become easier.
Labor at home
At home, you will be free to move in your comfortable environment and eat the food you need. Unless it is necessary to stay in the hospital for medical reasons, consider staying at home until your contractions are one minute long and three to five minutes apart.
Your movement can help relieve discomfort and assist your labor progress. Talk to your doctor if medical procedures restrict your movement. For example, continuous electronic fetal monitoring of the baby’s heartbeat requires a belt around the woman’s abdomen that is attached to a machine, confined her to the bed. Ask if there is a need for constant monitoring for medical reasons. If not, intermittent monitoring will give you the freedom to sit on the birth ball, walk, or soak in the tub.
Apply heat and cold
Putting a heating pad, hot water bottle, or microwaveable bag on your lower abdomen or back can relieve your discomfort. A cold pack on your back can also reduce back pain.
Take a long shower or bath at home to help you relax. Once in the hospital, the bathroom offers tub comfort and privacy. At about five to six centimetres of dilation, when you can consider the epidural, try the birth pool instead of half an hour or take another long shower. Warm water promotes relaxation, and most women get a good night’s sleep in about 20 minutes. Research shows that soaking in warm water increases oxytocin production, encouraging dilation.
Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation is a popular pain relief tool. Early in labor, four electrodes are attached to the middle of the mother’s back, on either side of her spine. During contractions, the mother holds the control unit and increases electrical impulse. TENS works by stimulating the production of endorphins in the body and reducing pain awareness.
Low sounds will help relieve stress in your body. When you open your mouth, you relax your muscles of labor birth, allowing them to open more easily.
Try different straight positions
A recent study has found that having epidurals results in more babies being born in the posterior form at birth. Not surprisingly, when you consider that the epidural usually keeps the woman lying down, losing the gravity advantage. But if you need an epidural, spend a lot of time in the recovery position – lie down on the left side with the bottom leg straight and the right leg bent and relax on the pillow in from of the bottom leg. This position opens your pelvis to allow the baby to move around and make the best gravity use.
No one can predict exactly how your birth process will go. It requires preparation as our lifestyle today does not naturally prepare us for birth. Take time to prepare mentally and physically for the big day. Using some of these ways will help you deal with childbirth.