Tuesday, June 1, 2010

A-Z of Natural Labor Pain Relief

A-Z of natural pain relief by www.babycentre.co.uk

Here's an A to Z of ideas to help you cope with pain and feel in control of your labour:

A: ask for information: the more you know, the more relaxed you'll feel
B: breathe rhythmically, and relax as you breathe out
C: cuddle your partner or birth companion
D: drink sips of isotonic drinks or water in between contractions
E: eat carbohydrate-rich foods little and often if you feel hungry
F: fan yourself with a small electric fan
G: groan and moan: making a noise is a great coping strategy!
H: hold your partner's hand
I: imagine your baby moving down through your pelvis with every contraction
J: joke with your partner and your midwife; keep things in perspective!
K: kisses (from your partner, mum, sister, friend)
L: listen to music to help you relax
M: move around to make yourself as comfortable as possible
N: nestle down in a large pile of pillows or a huge bean bag
O: open your pelvis as wide as possible to help your baby be born: kneel on one leg with the other out to the side
P: think positively: "Each contraction brings me closer to the birth of my baby"
Q: question what you don't understand; being frightened will make the pain worse
R: rock your pelvis round and round and back and forwards with each contraction
S: sigh out gently with every breath
T: trust your body: you can give birth!
U: understand the treatment being offered; understanding what's happening helps you feel more motivated
V: visit the toilet regularly; a full bladder will slow your labour
W: walk around to ease aches and pains and bring on contractions
X: more kisses!
Y: yell, loud and long, and then try to get back into a good breathing pattern
Z: zzzzzzz: doze off in between contractions

1 comment:

  1. In addition to helping control aches and pains during pregnancy, chiropractic care has been demonstrated in studies to reduce labor time and reduce the likelihood of back pain during labor. Natural, and drug-free, chiropractic is better for baby and mom!