Tips you can give to ease labor pain...

Philippines
April 5, 2007 7:47am CST
It's my 9th month on my third baby. My youngest is already 4 and a half year old. So, it's been that long since my last delivery. I still can remember the pain i've gone through which was horrible. I never knew where all that pain came from during my labor. So, i just figured maybe i could get some ideas from you or techniques, bizaare or not, that could possibly shorten my labor hours or at least lessen the pain. Oh boy, this is going to be really tough. Hope to read all your ideas. Thanks in advance.
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• United States
5 Apr 07
my doctor told me to do alot of walking. with my first kid i did jsut that i walked 10 miles a day until 2 days before i had her. then my 2nd kid i didnt have time to walk like that. i had my other kid and i worked 50 -60 hours a week. i found that the first one was easier to have. my first one i was in labor 3 hours my second i was in labor 17 hours. i dont know if the walking really helped or if i just got lucky the first time around lol. now also i had all the meds with my first the 2nd i didnt. trust me i wish i would have. lol. exercise though does help i have read that in alot of places and the doctors told that to my sister and cousins too. start taking walks i hope it helps
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• Philippines
5 Apr 07
Walking is one activity i am not able to do this time around. I'm working homebased and i rarely go out. I believe you though that walking and exercise does help during labor. I also remember when i had my first born. I was still going to school that time. I just walked my way to school and back home, that was like 20 to 30 minute walk 5 days a week. I remember my labor hours was only like 5 to 6 hours when i had my eldest. Thank you for sharing.
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@birthlady (5613)
• United States
7 Apr 07
Being upright helps with pain relief. Sit on the toilet, it applies a "counter pressure" on the coccyx that you can control by leaning forward or backward. Get on your knees, with pillows, at the side of the bed and lean your upper body on the bed so you are resting your head and shoulders on the bed. This is like standing, but more comfortable. Stand with your feet at least shoulder width apart. Keep your knees bent. Dip and sway with each contraction. Sway side to side. Sway front to back. Make big circles with your hips. I've been a Doula since 1977. Feel free to message me! Cathie
@birthlady (5613)
• United States
7 Apr 07
Please visit my website, Auntie Natal 911: 9 Months, 1 Purpose, 1 Goal: Healthy Mothers make Healthy Babies! and check out the pages on Creating Your Ideal Birth Plan. Here's a link http://www.auntienatal911.com/ideal_birth_plan.htm I've had three babies at home, no meds, with midwives, I've been a Doula since 1977, and I founded Auntie Natal 911 in 1980. Cathie
• United States
5 Apr 07
hi, i am also expecting another baby and am getting close to experiencing that pain all over again. the first time i was somehow able to do it all natural. at first i spent a while walking around and the pains were pretty strong. then i was asked if id like to try to labor in a jacuzzi and i did. it was such a releif. dont get me wrong, it still hurt, but the pain wasnt as intense. i labored in there for a few hours. when it was time to start pushing, i had to be transferred back into a room. as soon as i got out of the water, i felt the pain so much stronger. i wish i could have stayed in the water. i would just sit and relax in there until a contraction started, once i felt the contraction getting really strong, i would turn on the jets. in my mind, i think it sort of distracted all of my attention from that one area of pain.
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• Philippines
5 Apr 07
Yeah. I've read that around, getting your tummy submerged in to water does lessen the pain. Geez, i really want to try that but i i can't afford to. I'll only be giving birth in a public, but decent and clean hospital, that is. I believe there are hospitals who have that facility where i am but it is kind of expensive.
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@creechy29 (132)
• Philippines
5 Apr 07
just when you get there just pray that God will take care of you & and your baby and try to talk to you baby even if he/she is still inside your womb tell him/her to cooperate you know mother & child instinct. God Bless you and congratulations for your second baby...
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• Philippines
5 Apr 07
Cute little baby you have there. Thank you for the advice. Prayer, indeed, is powerful. It's my third baby, by the way. I really do hope my baby will cooperate. I talk to him already even now. (Sigh) I really hope he can understand me already or at least feel how i feel. You know what i mean..
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• United States
6 Apr 07
i gave birth to four babies without any kind of medication.with my last baby what i tried is everytime you have a contraction breath it tends to make the pain less painful and it really did work for me.and my labor was not painful when i used this technique.good luck on your new arrival.
@soccermom (3200)
• United States
5 Apr 07
I remember when I was having baby #3, I was also concerned about labor pain. I got through it by mentally psyching myself up. I kept telling myself that I've done this before, I can do it again. When the pain got really bad I told myself "this will pass, it can't last forever". And as silly as it is I focused on my hubby, who is amazing in the delivery room, lucky for me. I'd watch the look on his face instead of focusing on my pain. He was in the Marines and he kept telling me in a sort of stern voice.."You got one but you're not one!" one meaning p**sy. A little out there but it worked. Remember..you are WOMAN, you can do ANYTHING! And think of the joy you will have when it is all over. Good luck with the new baby, I'm sure your delivery will go beautifully. Oh, breathing helps too! LOL
• Philippines
5 Apr 07
You're right. Sometimes, you just got to fight it back mentally, the power of positive thinking. You're lucky you still got to have your husband beside you when you deliver. In the hospital where i will be giving birth no one is allowed to enter the delivery room except for the doctors and nurses. Yeah, breathing, i agree too. Thanks for sharing.
@birthlady (5613)
• United States
7 Apr 07
No one is allowed to be with you during labor and delivery? Archaic! Does this mean you will be confined to bed for labor? HOT TIP: Take a SOFT TENNIS BALL with you. Request EXTRA PILLOWS from the hospital staff. Request that your BED is RAISED so you are sitting upright, and that you have PILLOWS for under your knees. Get extra pillows for under your elbows and forearms (enough for both sides). NOW PUT THE TENNIS BALL so it is between the small of your back, and the bed/pillows. Don't put the ball behind the pillows! Lean back, you should feel "counter pressure" created by the soft tennis ball against your lower back. HOT TIP: As baby's head moves down into and through the true pelvis, pressure on nerves against your spine moves lower also. ADJUST TENNIS BALL as needed. THIS TECHNIQUE WORKS GREAT FOR BACK LABOR. Sorry I'm not there to be with you, I'd help!!!!
@birthlady (5613)
• United States
7 Apr 07
Stay upright during labor, that is, stand, sit up, recline at a 45 to 90 degree angle, lean on the bedrail or side of the bed, sit on the toilet or a birthing ball or birthing stool. Being upright brings into play gravity which helps move baby down into the true pelvis and helps strengthen contractions. Have an experienced, hands-on Doula, not someone who stands around staring at you, but a Doula trained in techniques to ease your pain. Interview Doulas, some do birthings with women met the first time in labor, I have. Check out my website, Auntie Natal 911: 9 Months, 1 Goal, 1 Purpose: Healthy Mothers make Healthy Babies! http://www.auntienatal911.com I've been a Doula since 1977.
• Philippines
8 Apr 07
Ma'am i've read your comments on other responses i received and i want to thank you for all those information you've shared. I will actually copy and paste them to a word doc so i can have it printed out and try to read them again. I hope you'll continue to share your knowledge and thoughts in this particular post i have. Thank you and God bless.
@dramaqn (1990)
• United States
5 Apr 07
Hey we are in the same boat, been a while since last baby. Im due May 15th and my youngest will be 6 in July, and being somewhat older now, I'm just wondering if the same techniques that worked with the others 5 will work now. I went natural with mine. What I'd done with the others are: 1. I took 2 or 3 of my favorite cds, you know the ones you can listen to over and over,(burned cds are best, then you get a variety) 2.Frequently getting in the shower (not possible if you get an eipural). This was very soothing and relaxing. 3. Having significant other or mom (who's ever in room with you) rub your back and feet, especially while you do your breathing. 4. Definitely do some lamaze and relaxation breathing. 5. If you can find a reflexology map of the foot, and that will make it easier for the person giving your foot rub. 6. With my last the nurse tried to get me to use the ball (like that big exercise ball), but I told her to go first and she looked goofy not pregnant, and uncomfortable, so I didn't do it. But she said alot of moms liked it.So You might wanna see if your hospital does the ball. 7. If your hospital has a dvd play take a favorite funny movie that you've already seen, that way you don't miss out on anything if you have to concentrate to breathe. 8. This may sound weird, but usually I've found that what ever position the child was conceived, is also the position that is comfortable when doing my breathing, could be just me, but try it. Hmm, well I think that's about all that I can think of. So good luck, and let me know how deliver goes for ya.
• Philippines
6 Apr 07
Thank you. That's a bunch of helpful suggestions you got there. Good luck to us!! I will be due by the end of this month. I'm not sure if i still can make it by that time though. I feel like i'm experiencing pre-mature labor lately.
• United States
5 Apr 07
This moght sound silly, but take a radio with you and listen to your favorite music. That might help take your mind off it a little. You couls also soak in a warm tub. The warm water will help with the contractions. The room I was in had a tv. I had my soaps on while I was in labor. They may not be for you but I thought I would give you a few ideas. Good luck!
• Philippines
5 Apr 07
Music will certainly give relaxation somehow. Thank you for your ideas.
@Nardz13 (5059)
• New Zealand
5 Apr 07
Hiii there, responding to your labor pains. I am a mother of two, I gave birth to our son back in 1993, 2 weeks overdue and still working my job. I was induced "Un Natural Labor Pains" meaning stronger pains then the normal, an unnatural birth full stop, out of that painful experience we now have a healthy, respectful and handsome 13 year old son. In 1995 pregnant for a second time with the thought of that painful experience, I gave birth to a beautiful healthy daughter and because I had so much labor pain with our son I kind of feared the same thing with our daughter and how I was going to handle this labor and its terrible pains, worried and getting close to time, I spoke to my midwife and asked her for advice. She gave me a couple of options for natural birth, I mulled it over and chose to have a water birth at home, where they supplied a portable birthing pool and all necessities for drainage after the birth, which I thought you cant get any natural then that, in doing so I think I made the right decision. The water in the pool was warm, I had an aunty placing hot towels on my lower back,before getting into the pool, thats where most of my pain was, and having someone do that was so soothing and minimised so much of my pain, I also think it helped being in my own surroundings, "our home" comfortable and relaxed around family I chose to share that special moment with. I had my sister in our kitchen cooking a big feast, because I was hungry. Over all I'd say it was an awsome choice of birth for my daughter and myself. If I were to have more children in the future I would choose the exact same way... Hopefully my experience can be of some help to you. Thanks for giving me the option to share my experience. The gift of life is the most ultimate gift.
• Philippines
5 Apr 07
WOW. Giving birth just at home does help. The support of your family members helps a lot. Somehow, you will feel you're not alone. Unlike in hospitals, we are confined in a "labor room". Only one family member can visit you should you need anything. Maybe i'd ask around if we have this thing called 'portable birthing pool'. That sounds new to me. Thank you for introducing that method. It gives me an idea.
@ivyrainy (29)
• China
6 Apr 07
I am a young girl and I have never experienced this.I see people labor in TV and it was very terrible.Is is really so horrible and pain to labor? I scare.
@sylvia13 (1851)
• Nelson Bay, Australia
6 Apr 07
I was in labour for many painful hours with my first baby, but luckily the second one just seemed to "pop out"! I also think that what helped me the second time around was the breathing. Keep the breathing rhythmical and just keep on, keep on breathing! Concentrate on the breathing and soon you will have your third baby in your arms!
• Philippines
6 Apr 07
Three months ago, i gave birth with my second daughters. It was an unforgetable and painful experience. But all the pains were gone when i saw my baby. When i was in labor, it was very painful, i my doctor touch my tommy to calm me down. I was also injected with pain reliever to calm me down and to let me sleep. But my labor pain was shorter than my first delivery before. Hopefully You will not suffer more than you primary delivery. Good Luck to your delivery. All i can say is pray always, that is tha pain reliever that no can give, a protection from GOD.
@moneytree (188)
• India
6 Apr 07
Hi There! I know its going to be difficult and you are much experienced in this, although i am a father i really cant say anything because i understand that its real tough and painfull. All i can do and say is will pray for you and your little one. Just dont exert too much or get over confident every delivery is risky painfull and should be taken seriously with alots of care of your health and the way you do things don't stress yourself just because you have been through this before. God Bless and take care.
@pengqing (218)
• China
6 Apr 07
Feel pain when you are willing to think more happy!
• United States
5 Apr 07
well what i always was told is walking helps you have it faster and takes the pain off your mind.
• United States
5 Apr 07
Thank God for the epidural! I know that women have been giving birth since the beginning of time without them, but that doesn't mean you have to.