WITH LABOUR PAIN
pregnant woman has a fear in her mind that she will not be
able to cope with labour pain. Most women are concerned about
labour pain because they don't know what to expect. Labour
is a natural process, and understanding what causes labour
pain and what you can do to minimize it will help you feel
relieved and confident to cope with the situation when it's
time to give birth.
of Labour Pain and How to Deal with it
you are aware what causes labour pain then it will be easy
for you to cope with it. There are two basic factors for labour
Your muscles are hard at work during labour and you might
experience strain and fatigue in your legs, arms, and back
from the various positions and straining. Your uterine muscles
make powerful contractions in order to dilate the cervix,
and that causes cramping. The position of the baby also causes
pain. Medical tests and interventions can be uncomfortable,
too. But that you will have to bear because these tests and
procedures are necessary. Talk to your doctor about these
tests and you will feel less stress and anxiety, and this
can actually help minimize the perceived discomfort of tests
To relieve these types of pain, try relaxation techniques,
by breathing in and out, massaging, medication etc. Breathing
properly will help ensure that your muscles get the oxygen
they need to work most efficiently.
There are certain emotional factors like fear, anxiety, exhaustion,
dehydration, hunger, ignorance, lack of confidence etc that
actually increase your labour pain.
It is very important that you educate yourself about pregnancy
and labour. Learn about the process of labour to clear up
any confusion about what exactly is going on inside your body.
Talk to your mother or mother-in-law or any person who've
had positive birth experiences, and/or a professional therapist
to help you develop a healthy emotional state for labouring.
Having the support of a trusted person with whom you have
good communication during labour is key to minimizing feelings
of helplessness or fear of the unknown. Get as much sleep
as possible and take it easy in the final weeks before your
due date. Extra rest will give you more stamina for labour
and prepare yourself for all the stress and strain.
Natural Relief for Labour Pain
you start experiencing the labour pain first and foremost
don't panic. Breathe at a relaxed, controlled pace. Ask
for a massage or hug from your husband or relative near
you who is your labour partner.
Try to concentrate and focus on something positive. Think
of anything that will take your mind off the pain like
your favourite activity, what you will name the baby or
your baby or read, listen to music, watch TV etc.
position frequently, rock in a chair, and walk.
Empty your bladder regularly.
some light massage. Apply heat or cold pads to areas of
pain (check with your doctor first).