In addition to pain medication and epidurals, moms have lots of natural pain-management tricks up their sleeves. We surveyed more than a thousand moms to learn how they eased their labor pain. Here's what they had to say.
A full three-quarters of BabyCenter moms used breathing exercises to ride out those contractions.
- I found that blowing out deep breaths really helped me get through the contractions.
- The contractions were very intense and breathing through the pain was very helpful for me.
- It felt like I had to take all my energy and focus it, especially during the tough contractions. If I moved or lost focus on my breathing, I felt like I lost control of my body and the pain would take over.
Half our moms found that a simple change of position helped relieve the pain. (Exercise balls can be great for this – a quarter of BabyCenter moms used one).
- Don't be afraid to move around, walk, sit on a ball, or whatever, it progresses labor faster.
Many moms rocked their way through contractions.
- I got through it just one contraction at a time, through breathing, rocking, and moaning.
If you're up for it, try a little walk. It helped about one-third of the moms in our survey.
- I definitely recommend walking to help with labor and delivery
Don't underestimate the power of a good massage – be it your back or your feet!
- I packed a rice heating pad, which was amazing for my back labor.
- A handheld massager was very useful in early labor when the pain was in my back.
- My husband rubbed my feet with aromatherapy lotion. I was in heaven.
Learn massage techniques you can use during labor, like "nerve strokes" and the "double hip squeeze".
Soaking in the tub
Almost one-fifth of BabyCenter moms got some watery relief.
- I spent the majority of my labor in the bathtub, which helped manage the pain and also relaxed me.
Got a nice beach in mind? Go to it during contractions. You can also try visualizing labor before it happens.
- The biggest advice I have is to envision labor in your mind beforehand. I prepared by telling myself that it's going to hurt, but it won't last forever... like a tattoo.
- Take yourself somewhere else mentally during contractions.
Moms share how they made it through the toughest moments of labor.
If you're a music lover, try a few tunes for natural pain management, as 14 percent of our moms did. (Looking for some song ideas? Check out our labor playlists).
- I packed my MP3 player and used it while in labor. The music helped me relax and took my mind off the contractions.
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