So, your D-day has arrived, and you are worried about coping with labour in the hospital. This is my present situation. Although my D-day is scheduled for the last week of December but as my 9th-month has started, I am little-scared thinking of the big day. I had an urgent c-sec during my first delivery so, I myself was not aware of the labor pain; but this time my doctor told me that if everything goes smoothly then, she will think of the natural delivery of my second baby. I wasn’t afraid listening to her but yes, somewhere in my mind, I had a fear of the pain that I will have to go through during labour. Up till now, I only have heard about scary labour stories. This time – I might go through this pain. So, I thought of doing some research and found out some of the natural ways to ease out the labour pain.
“The trick is to know as many techniques as possible and use them as per your convenience.”
You don’t know what’s going to work until you’re in it, and what helps a woman at one point can change five minutes later. What is more important is to keep an open mind and take a deep breath.
So, to-be-mommies don’t panic and enter the wide world of pain management using these natural techniques
Keep your mind and body in a ‘Relax’ mode:
As easy as it might sound – Don’t over stress as soon as your labour starts. Try to focus on things that make you happy like your partner’s face, good memories or any favourite things that will help you smile.The trick is to decrease your awareness of pain by engaging your senses – listen to music, a soothing voice or a recording of ocean waves, and imagine yourself in a relaxing environment.
A Hot or Cold-Water Bag May Give You Relief:
Place a warm pack on your lower abdomen, groin, lower back or shoulders during labour. A cold pack or latex glove filled with ice chips can soothe painful areas. Cool cloths relieve a sweaty face, chest or neck.
A firm and slow body massage not only helps you in alleviating your labour pain but is a major morale booster. Having your partner or midwife, rub your feet or massage your hands or temples can distract you, relax you, and generally makes you feel cared for.
Keep Moving Until You Find Your Comfortable Position:
Move around to find the position in which you are comfortable.Walk, lean, sway, rock and squat. Some positions will be more comfortable than others.Don’t worry about how you look.
Practice Breathing Techniques:
Breathing plays a crucial role in labour.During contractions, it is advisable to breathe fully in a slow rhythm. Try moaning and taking quick breaths. Release tension with each exhalation. While researching and reading more on this topic- I read somewhere that – “Breath is the path through the contraction”.
Know More about Labour:
More knowledge means fewer surprises. So, keep yourself updated as much as possible from all the sources like books, magazines, videos, websites, your healthcare provider, and of course your family and friends. After familiarizing yourself with different procedures and customs of childbirth, you can have a discussion with your doctor and make an informed decision.
Express Your Fears:
Talk to your loved one or a knowledgeable person about your fears. When you discuss your concerns with your trusted one, you will definitely get a solution to it.
Warm Water Therapy:
Warm water can work wonders in reducing your labour pain. We should not underestimate the power of the hot water shower — the stream of hot water will help relax you. However, some doctors advise not to get into the water during early labour as it’ll slow things down.
“With proper preparation and labour support, 90% of women are able to cope very well with labour” says one of the doctor consultants, at Sitaram Bhartia. Read some more ways to reduce labour pain on Sitaram Bhartia Hospital’s Blog. Raise your comfort level with these tips to cope with anxiety and labour.
About Sitaram Bhartia Hospital
Sitaram Bhartia Institute of Science & Research is a 70-bed, multi-specialty hospital located in New Delhi’s Qutab Institutional Area. They have a strong emphasis on ethical medical practice that always puts the interest of the patient first.
Why Should Sitaram Bhartia Hospital Be Your Choice If You’re Looking for Natural Delivery
- In 2016, their staff unit achieved one of the lowest c-section rates (12%) in Delhi for first-birth, low-risk moms who had crossed 37 weeks with a single baby in the correct head down position
- 87% of women attempting a vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC) had successful normal deliveries in 2016.
- The ratings given by 280 families (of a total of 541) using maternity services provided by their staff consultants in 2015 are as follows:
- They also transparently share the estimated delivery charges to help you make an informed decision.
- They provide antenatal classes to better prepare expectant mothers for fulfilling birthing experience. It helps mums to connect with a community of other expecting mums and also address their fears of birthing and labour.
- You can choose your doctor; know their OPD timings and consultation fees by looking at the Doctors Directory available on their website. You can also book an online appointment with your chosen consultant
Location: B-16, Qutab Institutional Area, New Delhi, 110016
Contact No.s: 0-11 421111111/ 42111197 (Emergency)
Their maternity blog has many articles written in consultation with their medical experts and are based on true case studies. Some of their Hindi posts such as normal delivery tips in Hindi are also a great read for expecting moms!
Hope the above-mentioned tips were useful to reduce labour pain naturally. Do share your birthing experiences in the comment section.