Surprising Ways To Ease Labour Pain
Judy Miders|
Ease Labour PainHaving a baby isn't something you should have to fear, and taking steps to learn the best ways to ease labour pain is something that virtually every mother will do at some point in her pregnancy. One of the first things that many women look into will probably be medically assisted pain relief – things like pain relievers or an epidural. And while these are great for some women, they do come with some very real risks that make them less than ideal for many women. Things like increased labour times, an increased chance of needing a C-section to deliver, and more are all potential problems that can arise from an epidural or other drugs. As a result, going natural with your pain relief options is something that may be worth thinking about.
And there are also some fairly well-known natural ways to ease labour pain. Things like a water birth, for example, are pretty common today and most mothers are aware of them. Another great example is Lamaze. But there are lots of different ways to ease labour pain that may actually surprise you, and even the actual principles behind things like Lamaze might end up not being what you expected.
Simply put, taking a look at the many different ways to reduce the pain you feel during labour is something worth doing, and it could lead to some revelations that surprise you a good bit. Here are a few of the more interesting options out there for reducing your pain during childbirth.
•         Lamaze – We'll start with Lamaze. This isn't really a surprising way to ease the pain of childbirth since most women are familiar with it, but as mentioned above the principle behind Lamaze isn't what most think. It's common for women to assume that Lamaze is based on principles like meditation or breathing to control pain, but in reality the main theory behind it is distraction. By focusing on breathing and other aspects of labour, the mother isn't focusing on the pain and as a result it's not as severe as it could otherwise be.
•         Hypnosis – Hypnosis is one option that really surprises a lot of women, primarily because of what they imagine it means. Hypnosis during labour doesn't refer to some hypnotist standing over your bed and lulling you into a coma-like trance. Instead, the basic principles of hypnosis are used by the mother and her partner during labour. It's much like meditation, and done properly it can help lessen pain and help the mother distance her mind from it. This is one method of reducing labour pain that is getting a lot more attention now thanks to the fact that Kate Middleton received tips from a hypno-birthing expert for her labour and delivery.
•         Acupressure – Acupressure has been linked to shorter contractions and less severe pain during labour. It's important that if you use this method of pain relief that your partner – or the person administering it – understands the proper technique. Some acupressure grips can actually lengthen labour or stop contractions, so knowing the proper method is important.
•         Healthy Lifestyle During Pregnancy – Doctors will probably tell you that staying healthy during your pregnancy is important for the health and well-being of you and your baby. But they may leave out the part about a healthy lifestyle's potential impact on your labour pain. Women who exercise and eat healthy during pregnancy have been shown to have less pain during labour and to have faster labours in general. In other words, staying healthy is often enough to help you with your labour.
•         Acupuncture – You can't have an acupuncturist in the room with you when you're having a baby, obviously, but some research has shown that getting acupuncture in the days and weeks leading up to your due date could have a positive impact on labour times and contraction pain. It's worth considering.
•         Position Changes – Most women are surprised to learn that they don't necessarily have to spend their labour lying on their back in the bed. While some health care providers will prefer them to do so, it's really for the benefit of the delivering doctor, not the mom. Things like getting on all fours, squatting, kneeling, or lying on your side could help to alleviate the pressure you feel. And walking around or standing can help speed up the time you're in labour. This won't be an option if you're having an epidural, but if you decide to go natural with your childbirth, be sure to think about changing position.
There are lots of different methods you can use to ease labour pain, and these are just a few of the more surprising ones. If you're having a baby soon, be sure to spend some time learning about each of your choices. The results could be well worth it and help you have a more enjoyable, less painful labour experience.
There is one more way to reduce pain drastically and also naturally. It is also proven scientifically that it does the job. It is called Laboraide and you can find it at the Laboraide Shop.

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