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Everyone experiences labor differently. But no matter what you do, you’re gonna have labor pains. And when they come you’ll do just about anything to make it easier! Now you can’t make them completely go away.
But there are ways to help shorten and make them less painful.
So I’ve gathered up some tips to help make normal delivery a little easier for you Mamas!
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Tips for an Easier Labor
Aromatherapy is a natural way that can help with labor. Women have used aromatherapy to help with pain management, concentration during labor, and to help progress faster through labor.
If you do decide to do aromatherapy make sure to only use pure therapeutic grade essential oils in your diffuser.
2. Motivational Symbol
When the goings get tough, a motivational symbol could be just the right thing to help you! Using a motivational symbol may center and help keep you focused!
You could bring a quote that motivates you or a picture of something special to you. Like something your kids drew, the ultrasound picture, or a picture of a beautiful scenery.
3. Have Someone Massage You
Bring some massage lotion or oil and have your birthing partner give you a nice back massage! If you’re having back labor pains, have someone rub your lower back to help relieve some of that pain.
In this study here about labor pain, they had pregnant women’s partners massage them for the first 15 mins of every hour. These women experienced less pain, shorter labor, and had less of a need for medications.
You can check out other benefits of prenatal massage here!
4. Play Music
Hook up some music to your speaker and play something that’ll help you relax.
Play whatever kind of music that is gonna help YOU most. Whether it be spa music, classical, or some soft rock.
But I would recommend making a ‘Labor Playlist’ with all the songs you want on it before it’s time to go to the hospital. That way you won’t be so caught off guard when ‘Baby Got Back’ starts playing!
5. Breathe and Move on
After a contraction is over, just breathe and move on Mama. Cause when that contraction is done, it’s done. Forever.
You never have to experience that contraction ever again. You don’t even have to think about that contraction again.
Yeah, contractions do hurt but remember, this pain doesn’t last forever. It does end. So just breathe and move on. Just think how every contraction you have is just one contraction closer to seeing that sweet baby’s face for the first time!
6. Take a Childbirth Class
You don’t want to be completely clueless when you’re at the hospital.
Going to a birthing class can help you feel more comfortable and prepared! And it should help you get more of an idea of what you can expect.
Typically some of the things they’ll talk about are types of medicines they use, birthing tools, birthing positions, and explain the stages of a dilating cervix.
7. Hire a Doula
Something to consider is hiring a doula to be there. Doulas can be very helpful and beneficial during labor. They offer lots of emotional and physical support for you.
And they’ll be there with you through the whole thing! It’s very reassuring to have someone there who knows what’s going on and what to expect.
Women who have a doula there during labor and delivery actually are more likely not to use pain medicine.
8. Getting in Water
Getting into a nice warm bath or getting in the shower can help relieve some of the pain.
Letting the showerhead or the jets from the bath hit your back can help make back labor less painful. Though, if your water broke they may not let you into the bath.
9. Good Support Team
Having a good support team is so important. It’ll help make things much easier for you!
Cause they’re gonna be the ones that are gonna help you get through this! And you’re gonna want all the support you can get.
My support team consisted of Hubby, my Mom, and my Mother-in-law. They all helped me so much and I’m so glad I had them there with me.
Do your kegels ladies!
Doing kegel exercises throughout pregnancy will help build your pelvic floor muscles. So when labor comes around, it’ll make pushing easier for you! And it can also help with bladder control.
11. Stay in Shape
Staying fit during your pregnancy will help so you’re not so exhausted during labor. It’s also said to help shorten labor as well.
Some examples of exercises you could do during pregnancy include pregnancy yoga, going on walks, and swimming. But be sure to get the OK from your doctor first!
12. Doing Breathing Techniques
Do the breathing techniques that you’ve learned to help get through contractions easier. Breathing techniques can help relax, ease pain, and focus you during contractions.
13. Keep Yourself Moving
If you can, try not to lay down the whole time during labor.
Unless you or your baby needs constant monitoring, try to get up and walk around for a bit. Walking around may even help labor to progress faster!
14. Be Open-Minded
Labor can be unpredictable and things may not go as planned. But remember that it’s okay!
If you planned on doing a natural birth and the pain is getting to be too much for you…don’t beat yourself up if you change your mind and decide to do an epidural.
No one knows how they’ll react to labor or what it will be like until they actually experience it!
15. Raspberry Leaf Tea
Drinking raspberry leaf tea during your last trimester is said to make labor easier! It’s said to help shorten labor and strengthen your pelvic floor muscles and uterine wall.
For a more in-depth look on raspberry leaf tea, you can read this study here.
16. Snacking and Drinking
Labor is a lot of work! And you’re gonna be tired and exhausted.
In the early stages of labor have some light snacks and stay hydrated to help keep your energy levels up!
You may not get to eat when you arrive at the hospital since many hospitals restrict women from eating. So be sure to eat a little something before you get there.
But avoid eating any greasy food as they could make you nauseated and puke during labor. So no matter how good it sounds, don’t eat that burrito Mama!
(Please keep in mind that I am NOT a doctor, nurse, midwife, doula, or anything else. I am ONLY A MOM who is going off of her own experiences and research. If you’d like to know more you can read my full disclaimer policy here .)
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