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Labor pain happens due to the contractions that occur in your abdomen when you try to push the baby out of your body. Though painful, this natural process lets you experience a different feeling altogether while giving birth.
Methods of Relieving Labor Pain
There are many methods to get relief from labor pain. These methods may not take away all the pain but can decrease the pain or take it away temporarily. Here are some natural pain relief tips in labor period.
Banish Fear Initially
The logical and most effective cure to labor pain is to listen to your body's needs and act accordingly. Most women fear labor pain and ask people who have already experienced this. Any sort of pain can be faced with a positive attitude and in labor most of the pain is created by us. It is essential to face it with no fear, belief and courage believing that it is manageable.
Be Relaxed All the time
The main thing is to always be very relaxed. As pointed out before, most of this pain is self-created. Relaxing will take away all that self created pain by avoiding panicking. Major methods of relaxation and calming down are concentrating on breathing and counting.
Take Deep Breaths
Breathing also can help a lot in relieving labor pains. Your diaphragms expand and contract during breathing thus pushing down on the baby to be born. While a rhythmic breathing is happening, your perineum is at rest therefore it will not be damaged during birth.
Ways to Stay Comfortable During Labor Pain
Since the causes of pain are similar it is possible to find cures for them with similar remedies. The counter pressure method is a method where a certain amount of pressure is applied to places where the pain originated. This method is used for pain in the back during labor.
It is better for the room to be lit mildly. A bright environment will only irritate the mother and cause more stress. The principle involved here is to calm the senses and minimize stress as much as possible. Dim light, a sweet aroma of a pleasing smell would create a better environment for child birth.
During the resting period of time, rhythmic breathing or sleep breathing can help. Sleep breathing is a method where the subject breathes in fresh air to the abdomen mainly rather than to the lungs straight away. Inhaling is done while on a count to four and exhaling while counting to eight. This will result in the mother’s stomach rising and falling during breathing, as the name suggests this is what happens during our sleep so that is why it is called sleep breathing.
Another method to involuntarily instruct your body and make things happen is by visualizing what needs to happen in order to have less labor pains. The mother can visualize the baby being with almost no pain or trouble with her cervix opening gently; the baby travelling down the birth canal and then being born.
In all, during the labor period, a woman may need the company of a person who she can go through this hard time with or can seek for support.