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Labor: Top 6 Strategies to Make Giving Birth Easier

Monday, 03 February 2014 03:20 AM EST

Some strategies can help women prepare for labor. Although labor is among the hardest stages of a woman’s life, it results in the pleasure of a child’s birth. Hence, preparing beforehand is recommended. Following these common-sense strategies on how to manage labor pain and plan things can help ease labor. Some women join childbirth classes and attend sessions on how to prepare for delivery of the baby and manage the pain during natural childbirth.
Childbirth classes help women understand labor and the process of natural childbirth. Labor coaches advise women on various methods to manage labor pain such as breathing and visualizing. Managing labor pain with a predefined plan aids relaxation and calmness during the delivery process. Women can plan quite a few things to ease natural delivery.
Top Strategies That Ease Labor Pain
Massage: Massaging can help women manage labor pain. It provides relaxation and keeps them calm. A slow massage is considered best before the time of natural delivery. Firm pressure helps to stimulate the body and release calming hormones.
Rest: In the days of early labor, women should conserve energy by resting. This can be comfortably done on the bed or in a chair. Listening to music during rest enhances relaxation and distracts the mind from the pain that needs to be managed at the time of natural delivery of a baby. It helps in coping with labor pain that is to arise later.
Breathing: Focusing on breathing techniques is among effective strategies to manage pain. Breathing in through the nose and breathing out through the mouth can greatly help during a child’s birth. Repeat this pattern during labor. This rhythmic breathing helps conserve energy and reduce pain.
Warm water: Warmth provided by warm water provides relief from pain before childbirth. Labor in warm water can be relaxing. It helps in coping with painful contractions.     
Support: Take support from the birth partner or midwife. Support is required before and during childbirth. Other than additional support from the partner, a trained midwife can help in the time before and after childbirth.
Heat and cold: Applying heat as well as cold packs can provide relief to women before childbirth. A hot water bottle or a heating pad can be used to apply heat to the lower back. Application of a cold pack on the back also provides relief from pain.

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Women can adopt certain strategies to manage labor pain before and during the natural delivery of a baby. Some things can be planned to help a child’s natural birth. Support from the midwife or partner during labor can greatly ease this process.
Monday, 03 February 2014 03:20 AM
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