Labor is called labor for a reason. All that pain, huffing, puffing, and pushing is hard work! As you prepare for your journey into childbirth you are considering what methods of pain management you will use in your labor and birthing process. Although you may want a completely natural birth with no interventions or medications you may not know how to go about it. Lets discuss the top five pain management methods to utilize in a completely natural childbirth.
You can sign up for lamaze classes at your local hospital or even take courses via video, CD, or the internet. You and your birthing partner if you have one, will learn the physiology of childbirth. You will explore different techniques of relaxation. There will be a special concentration on the breathing methods to use in the labor process.
2. Touch and Massage
Have you ever had an experience where you have a horrible headache? But then something else happens. You slam your fingers in the car door, you stub your toe, or you hit your funny bone? The next thing you know your not thinking about that headache anymore. The idea of touch and massage during labor and childbirth is based on the findings that your body does not process well with more then one feeling at a time. During a massage endorphines are released into the mothers blood stream creating her own natural way of battling the pain of labor. Circulation is also enhanced which increases blood flow and oxygen to the fetus. Stress hormones are also reduced allowing the mother to relax.
The use of water as a pain management technique dates back to prehistoric times. This is known as hydrotherapy. Immersing the mothers body in water encourages muscle relaxation, releases psychological tension, as well as enhances the process of a natural labor. The mother can stay emerged in water as long as she wishes and studies have shown that this in no way compromises the fetus. Some mothers even choose to give birth in the water.
4. Positional Changes During Labor
Changing your position during labor can not only effectively manage the pain of labor it can also speed up the natural labor process due to gravity. Some common positions during labor include upright, squatting, side, flat, and hands and knees. Many mothers have also utilized the use of birthing balls. On birthing balls mothers can sit, rock, bounce, and stretch to help with the pain of labor as well as enhance the labor process.
If you plan on utilizing Hypnotherapy you will need to start preparing around your seventh month of pregnancy. You can take courses for hypnotherapy birthing at your local hospital, with CD’s, DVD’s, or Online. Hypnotherapy puts you into a deep state of relaxation during labor and birth. Some mothers have said the more relaxed they get it is like a floating sensation. Many mothers report little to no pain when using hypnotherapy in their birthing process.
After you have read this hopefully you have an idea of the natural pain management options available to you as you prepare for childbirth. No matter what method you decide to utilize, the end result will always be the same. That is a beautiful baby boy or girl in your arms.