12 Natural Ways to Ease Labor Pains

Labor pain varies from woman to woman but in most cases one may have: Persistent lower back pain or abdominal pain, with a pre-menstrual feeling and cramps. When the waters break, the muscles in the womb contract and the pain increases as the cervix dilates. Here are twelve ways to ease that excruciating pain…

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  1. Aromatherapy – Use of essential oils extracted from various plant sources may help in relaxation by relieving stress and anxiety.
  2. Hydrotherapy – Women who are immersed in warm water or have a warm bath during the earlier stages of labor have less labor pain than those who don’t.
  3. Therapeutic massage – Applying some pressure on a pregnant woman’s back, hips, abdomen, thighs, sacrum or perineum has been known to ease the pain.
  4. Yoga – This ancient practice can be used to control breathing patterns, relax body, mind and soul and ease pain during labor.
  5. Slow music – Music is known to be therapeutic. Playing it smooth and slow during labor may actually sedate the mother to be.
  6. Dancing – I don’t mean dancing to rock or hip hop but slow dancing with a partner accompanied with the slow music above may help ease the pain.
  7. Cheer up – Focusing on what makes one happy, and feeling cheerful throughout the labor period may help in relaxation and therefore ease the pain.
  8. Talking – Being able to talk to those who understand, expressing any fears or communicating with loved ones throughout the entire labor process may help.
  9. Companionship – Sometimes all a woman in labor needs is an understanding companion that will hold her hand and listen to her moans.
  10. Changing the environment – Moving the mother to be from a noisy area to a calmer soothing place with less noise and light helps ease the pain.
  11. Keep moving – Walking, leaning, swaying, rocking and squatting may help ease the pain by distracting the mind and helping a pregnant woman relax.
  12. Warm and cold packs – Placing a warm pack on the lower abdomen, groin, lower back or shoulders during labor or a cold pack or latex glove filled with ice chips can soothe painful areas.
About Shilaho 72 Articles
Born in Kakamega, Western Kenya, Shilaho Wa Muteshi is a published author, a biochemist and reproductive health consultant based in the city of Nairobi. He has more than ten years experience in teaching Public Health, Disease Epidemiology, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Maternal Child Health and Family Planning, HIV and Aids and many others at College and Undergraduate level. He has also managed various health institutions in Kenya and also runs Smartpen Publishers. He has published two major novels, The Aids Ward, and Remains of Dead Hope. The Aids Ward is based on Dr. Mlachi who must beat a supernatural deadline by finding a cure for Aids before his brother dies. Remains of Dead Hope, depicts the fight of a people against tyranny. The two books are available worldwide via amazon.com, Google's goodreads.com and other major booksellers and stockists. Welcome to your favorite author's blog.

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