Ways to handle Labor Discomfort


Managing Labor Pain

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Coping with Labor

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How to Reduce Labor Pains Naturally | Comfort Measures Part 2: Top 4 Labor Positions From a Midwife

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Why Is Labor Painful? The Purpose of Pain During Labor

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Managing Pain During Labor without Medication

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Coping with Labor Pain

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Coping with Labor Pain WITHOUT an EPIDURAL | Birth Doula

Video taken from the channel: Bridget Teyler

Laboring in water is one of the best ways to help cope with labor pains and make your labor easier. You may take a shower, relax in the bath, or soak in your inflatable pool in your living room. Do whatever works for you!

But sitting in the warm water will help your body to “relax, soften and open”. While the pain does not completely go away, water definitely decreases sensations of pain and allows you to cope with labor pain better. If you can, hop in the shower or bath. In addition, using heat on your abdomen or lower back is helpful.

If you are at home, get an old sock, fill with rice, and microwave it. Walking, swaying, changing positions, and rolling on a birthing ball can not only ease the pain but can help your labor progress by using the force of gravity to your advantage and encouraging the. Aromatherapy is among the techniques that can increase the laboring woman’s sense of well-being. Natural essential oils, such as lavender, may be very soothing.

Listening to music is another way for a woman to cope and distract herself in labor. Music can be calming, making labor less stressful. It can be difficult to cope with chronic pain on the job, but not impossible. Here are some ways to get your employer to be more accommodating, as well as tips for managing pain.

Continued Labor and Delivery: Fear of an Epidural. While it may be comforting to know an epidural is available, it can also be a source of anxiety for many women. Whether you’re trying to labor without an epidural or not, I’ve got some tips on dealing with labor pain to help you have an easier labor. [Note that some of the links below are affiliate links, which means that I earn a commission (at no additional cost to you) if you click through and make a purchase.] Natural Methods to Reduce Labor Pain. If you’ve decided on giving birth naturally, it’s important that you come prepared with knowledge and tools for how to cope with labor pain.

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Being upright is known to speed up labour and gravity makes it easier for your baby to be born. Lying down on your back limits the blood flow and makes it harder for your baby to be born. It can also worsen your back pain.

So if you are in bed, pile pillows behind your back so that you are in a.

List of related literature:

During labor: Take natural vitamin E and calcium/magnesium to relieve pain and ald dilation.

“How to be Your Own Herbal Pharmacist: Herbal Traditions Expert Formulations” by Linda Page
from How to be Your Own Herbal Pharmacist: Herbal Traditions Expert Formulations
by Linda Page
BNI, 1998

A Findings Acupuncture and hypnosis may help relieve labor pain.

“Maternity and Pediatric Nursing” by Susan Scott Ricci, Terri Kyle
from Maternity and Pediatric Nursing
by Susan Scott Ricci, Terri Kyle
Wolters Kluwer Health/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2009

If you find that these methods aren’t helping you cope as labor progresses, you can always request pain medications at that time.

“Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn: The Complete Guide” by Janet Walley, Penny Simkin, Ann Keppler, Janelle Durham, April Bolding
from Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn: The Complete Guide
by Janet Walley, Penny Simkin, et. al.
Meadowbrook, 2016

Read up on the subject, take some childbirth classes, and talk to your doctor or midwife about pain relief options during labour.

“The Mother of All Pregnancy Books: An All-Canadian Guide to Conception, Birth and Everything in Between” by Ann Douglas
from The Mother of All Pregnancy Books: An All-Canadian Guide to Conception, Birth and Everything in Between
by Ann Douglas
Wiley, 2009

Many techniques are available to ease labor pain and to help you cope with it.

“Our Bodies, Ourselves: Pregnancy and Birth” by Boston Women's Health Book Collective, Judy Norsigian
from Our Bodies, Ourselves: Pregnancy and Birth
by Boston Women’s Health Book Collective, Judy Norsigian
Atria Books, 2008

Talk with your partner or birth partner about what you might do if labour is fast.

“The Positive Birth Book: A new approach to pregnancy, birth and the early weeks” by Milli Hill
from The Positive Birth Book: A new approach to pregnancy, birth and the early weeks
by Milli Hill
Pinter & Martin Ltd, 2017

epidural analgesia for labour.

“Hospital Epidemiology and Infection Control” by C. Glen Mayhall
from Hospital Epidemiology and Infection Control
by C. Glen Mayhall
Wolters Kluwer Health, 2012

I reminded myself of both of those things during each of my labours: that this was ‘good pain’—productive pain—and that I would soon have my baby in my arms.”

“The Mother of All Pregnancy Books: An All-Canadian Guide to Conception, Birth and Everything In Between” by Ann Douglas
from The Mother of All Pregnancy Books: An All-Canadian Guide to Conception, Birth and Everything In Between
by Ann Douglas
Wiley, 2011

Remember that the right option for you might not be one option but a combination of several (reflexology with an epidural chaser, or a variety of relaxation techniques topped off with a round of acupuncture).

“What to Expect When You're Expecting 4th Edition” by Heidi Murkoff, Sharon Mazel
from What to Expect When You’re Expecting 4th Edition
by Heidi Murkoff, Sharon Mazel
Simon & Schuster UK, 2010

Epidural analgesia and backache:

“Obstetrics: Normal and Problem Pregnancies E-Book” by Mark B Landon, Henry L Galan, Eric R. M. Jauniaux, Deborah A Driscoll, Vincenzo Berghella, William A Grobman, Sarah J Kilpatrick, Alison G Cahill
from Obstetrics: Normal and Problem Pregnancies E-Book
by Mark B Landon, Henry L Galan, et. al.
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2020

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  • When I have periods cramps I just can’t sit at a place. I like moving around crying and rolling myself and just mumble whatever or saying mummy mummy.. It’s so painful for me.. Mostly every month.. I also get vomiting in periods..

  • Had my baby a month ago without an epidural thanks to your videos (even though it was mostly back labor)! Wasn’t sure I could do it but you gave me the confidence and tools to make it possible. Thank you!

  • Wish I would have seen this before having my baby naturally by accident…I wanted to get an epidural but by the time I got the hospital it was to let to get one…I was not prepared at all but it was worth it…I just wish I would have known how to cope through the pain better

  • I live in the 21 century and I believe a woman should not experience any pain during labor and delivery, its prehistoric and barbaric

  • Hi Bridget! I had my hospital tour today and they said once your water breaks you can not get out of bed and move around during labor but use the peanut ball on the bed. I was planning on moving around as much as possible and will not be getting an epidural. Is there a reason why they do not want you up and about? Is there a way around this that I can state in my birth plan? Thanks!!

  • I had 8 hrs pain, and I enjoyed every bit,but it was little uncomfortable when contraction comes,i was like “ it’s coming,winter is here “ lol ��

  • Going into my first labor I wanted to stay as natural as possible, unfortunately my water broke early on and my contractions were not progressing, I was barely uncomfortable actually. I dont remember what it was called, but they gave me a pill to increase contractions and it must have been too much because my contractions never went back down to zero, I had no time to recover from my big peaks. I really hope the second time around this doesnt happen and I can experience my natural contractions instead

  • Had my baby naturally a week ago! I watched your video and a couple others two days before I was able to stick to my birth plan of no epidural. It was 14 1/2 hours but only 10 minutes of pushing, over the last 2 1/2 hours of labor pains I did squats during all of my contractions and laps around my house which totaled about 4600 steps and honestly laying down or sitting during those contractions was so much worse. This experience was wonderful. I was walking 10 minutes later and probably healing better because of it! Thank you for the videos ��

  • My first birth was TRAUMATIC. I have an 32k platelet count and I’m overdue. Won’t be getting an epidural again. I hope these tips help me but labor pain has been worse than breaking my arm

  • This video definitely put me more at ease as I’m about to go on maternity leave in a few days. I’m expecting my first bundle of joy December 26th and the closer I get to my due date the more nervous I was becoming about labor pains. So glad I watched this video and I may need to watch it a few more times as a nice reminder ��

  • I’m due with my first in September. Is it true once you get an epidural that you also have to get a catheter? �� also that you are pretty much in bed rest once you get it? I know nothing as you can tell �� I’d love to do a natural birth but I feel so unprepared. Especially since I’m only 21 and my mom adopted my sister and I. So I don’t really have anyone to confide in

  • I give birth 2 weeks ago, (my first child) I watched all of these types of videos, nothing they suggested took away my pain! I repeat nothing, breathing techniques, remaining relaxed etc. I had a natural birth and got there in the end but I ended up getting an epidural because I couldn’t cope with the agony I was in, I laboured for nearly 24 hours and had quite a harrowing birth. On the other hand I have friends who’ve barely felt their labour pains and have had a natural birth, with little to no pain but haven’t practiced any of these techniques. Once my little boy arrived I forgot the pain but gosh kudos to anyone who can get through birth with no pain relief.

  • Since i have to wear a mask during labour can i place essential oils inside the mask? And breathing using a mask will be challenging any suggestions?

  • Bridget I love all your videos so much, thank you, i’m sharing them with my birth partner, my mom. This is my 2nd, had a failed epidural the first time and then an emergency c-sec (she refusedto descend) Hoping for a peaceful VBAC this time, watching all your videos finding it really helpful. 6 weeks to go for me. Mid June, keep me in your thoughts ♡

  • I had an amazing successful VBAC home birth a month ago. I literally watched your videos till that very day. Your videos were so helpful. Kept all your tips on the back of my mind. Thank you for all the great tips. ��

  • I really want to do a natural birth but everyone I talk to says I will change my mind or that I’m crazy… I really want to do this!

  • OMG! I don’t know how any of you deal with ANY pain of any type/ kind! LOL I had my babies, vaginally, back in the 1970’s…those of us who didn’t require C-sections sucked-it-up and had our babies “the old fashioned” way! No epidurals, no Doulas, no midwives, no husbands or moms in the DR (Delivery room)!! Suck it up,Buttercups!!:-)

  • I am surprised at how simple these solutions are. And you can save yourself of so much trouble of getting an epidural. I wish this knowledge can be given to all expecting mothers. Here in India most of the doctors prescribe c-section for their convenience and mothers do not know any better. I am due in August.. Wish me luck!

  • 1. Breathing with Smell (Essential oils)
    2. Focal Points & Visualization (Any point to focus, may be partner)
    3. Music and Mantra (Push Playlist, positive slogan and statements)
    4. Relaxing touch & Hot cold therapy (Gentle touch or relaxing touch, hot or cold bags)
    5. Water (Nice warm Shower)

  • Just had my baby 2 weeks ago ang I was totally expecting to have an epidural at 6cm but guess what my amazing OB encouraged me that I can do it w/o having to rely on the epidural. So what I did was that I focused more on how I can manage my breathing so I can push when they count to 10. The next thing I know is that my baby was out & it took me 4 pushes to get her out ��. Just focus mommies and just tell yourself that whatever severe pain you feel it will only be 1 day and it will bring you closer to seeing your baby

  • 30 weeks ftm. Planning on using an epidural myself, but things don’t always go according to plan so studying up for contingency plans. Wish me luck!

    Update: it worked beautifully until the pushing stage. Every labor is different, so it’s best to brace yourself anyway.

  • The absolute best channel a pregnant woman can find ��
    I’m disappointed women in the comments are being rude. I wish I have found you with my first pregnancy I’d avoid unnecessary interventions.