This couple is using dance to deal with the labour pains. The husband’s involvement and participation in the process is really awe-inspiring.
People do not call it labour for nothing. Having a baby is real hard work, and part of that work is getting through the pain of labour. But you do not have to panic. Take a deep breath and prepare to enter the wide world of pain management. These techniques can help you get over labour pains!
The most important thing to do during labour is to relax your mind. The idea here is simple. When you fear pain, you tense up; this makes the pain worse and makes you tenser.
To stay relaxed, it is critical to pay attention to your breathing, the same way you do when you are lifting weights. Whether you are panting or deep inhaling, as long as you are focusing on your breath and releasing it, you will find some relief.
And don’t shy away from making strange loud noises. It is recommended to make low-pitched moans rather than high-pitched horror-movie screams, as it tends to make the throat tight and tense, but it is not always possible, but we can try.
Walking, changing positions, and rolling on a birthing ball can not only ease the pain but can help your labour advance by using the force of gravity to your advantage. This can further encourage the movement and rotation of the baby down the pelvic canal. In a hospital situation, being hooked up to foetal monitors, pain medicine and IVs, can limit your walking, but you can still try positions like hands and knees in the bed or standing, sitting by the side of the bed or squatting.
Warm water can do wonders for reducing the labour pain. Dipping the body in 100 degrees F at the birthing centre can feel amazing and very helpful in fading away from the labour pain. It is almost spa-like.
Hot water shower are also equally helpful. The stream of hot water will not only keep you relaxed but will massage you too. There are no set rules, but some doctors or midwives may advice you to not get in hot water in early labour as it may slow things down.
Massage may be a bit of an understatement when it comes to the kind of pressure women need for relief during labour. Having your partner rub your feet or massage your temples or hands can divert you attention from pain. It will relax you, and make you feel cared for, which can be a major morale boost.
Spinal and Combined Spinal-Epidural
Epidurals can be very effective, but they take a good 10 to 25 minutes to actually work. The spinal, where you are given an injection in your lower back, works within seconds. But unlike the epidural, which you get continuously, the spinal is a single injection that is effective for about 45 minutes. 80 to 90 per cent of elective c-sections are done with spinals.
You should always discuss labour pain management techniques with your doctor before making your birth plans.