What is the best natural method of pain relief for you during labour?

@kiran1978 (4137)
Australia
February 1, 2008 8:59pm CST
With my due date just around the corner starting to feel anxious even though it is my third. Wondering if I could get some extra tips on pain relief. What natural methods did you use in labour? Did walking, squatting, laying down on bed or showers walk best for you to help relieve the pain? Was there anything else that helped you? In my other last labour I had gas and most of time layed down on bed while in labour, this method did not help alleviate any pain.
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@eden32 (3976)
• United States
2 Feb 08
I used hypnosis with my last child and it made all the difference in the world. My birth was just amazing. I also used things like hot & cold compresses.(I just couldn't seem to stay the right temperture, one minute too hot & the next too cold.)Moving around seemed to help, eating helped, and having a great support team helped.
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@kiran1978 (4137)
• Australia
2 Feb 08
Wow, hypnosis, have not thought of that one. Did you use hypnosis while in labour or before? Have not heard many women say there birth was amazing, I am glad you had such a good experience. Have not thought about eating whilst in labour, hmmm, have to give that one a try. Probably choke, lol. Thanks for your interesting response.
@eden32 (3976)
• United States
2 Feb 08
I'm a hypno-therapist, so I've used hypnosis for lots of things. There are several different birth specific hypnosis programs or you might find a hypno-therapist who also offers labor & birth sessions. The two popular programs are "Hypnobabies" and "Hypnobirth". It's best to start somewhere around 30-34weeks with the scripts, but if you're not in labor yet it's not too late to start. I birthed at home. No interventions, no nurses screaming in my face to push when they wanted me to, no hospital rules dictating how my birth should go. I've had 3 hospital births too, the differences were just huge.
@kiran1978 (4137)
• Australia
2 Feb 08
That is really interesting. Sounds much better having a relaxing home birth then at hospital. Will look more into hypnotic births, thanks for your advice. I appreciate it.
@littleowl (7157)
2 Feb 08
the best thing i found personally was walking up and down sitting made the pain worse i also found gas helped a lot cos it helped my breathing more than if i had to do it without-at the time they were the only methods that worked for me the walking was a godsend as it seemed more to alleviate the pain-though mydaughter felt better lying down and just taking gas and air she found that the best mind she didn't have time to do anything else-congrats on your new one keep me informed how you are getting on-littleowl
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@kiran1978 (4137)
• Australia
2 Feb 08
Awesome, thanks for your reply, I need all the tips I can get. Helps relieve my anxiety. Will try and walk whilst in pain, I would have thought it would have hurt more moving around. It is true gas definately does help you breathe better, I was breathing heavily into that mask, lol, the other times. I will keep you informed littleowl, Thanks for your reply.
@sminut13 (1786)
• Singapore
2 Feb 08
i had no idea that they allowed you to walk about or eat while in labour. for my first babe, i wasn't allowed to. they had this belt thing wrapped around my stomach to monitor the contractions and babe's heartbeat. i couldn't even go to the toilet. they brought the stool kinda thing in bed and i had to lift my hips up. for me, i didn't do gas as i had idea but i tried at the last minute. it gave me relief for a while but i had trouble sniffing the mask as i felt claustrophobic. i just kept breathing fast when the pain started and when it went away, then i calmed. basically i controlled my breathing at that time. i think if the pain had gone on for much longer, i wouldn't have been able to hold on. i too would like to hear tips as i too am nearing my due in roughly 2mths.
@kiran1978 (4137)
• Australia
2 Feb 08
Congratulations, not long to go now before your baby arrives. I am due in 3 1/2 weeks and counting. Just not looking forward to labour. I would not have clue how to breathe correctly in labour, all I can think about is the pain and sucking in the gas. But it makes me feel sick. Thanks for your comments, hopefully we can get some more tips. All the best.
@sminut13 (1786)
• Singapore
2 Feb 08
i too am not looking forward to labour you can be sure. grins. but what i noticed during labour was that when the pain started i started breathing faster or at a rate i was comfortable with at tht constant spd; be it fast or slow. for me, i think i was breathing fast. but otherwise not too sure. yours is also near already. seems like you're a month earlier than me. best of luck and pray that it's an easy delivery for you. good luck.
@maximax8 (30121)
• United Kingdom
3 Feb 08
For my first son's birth I found TENS to not help at all. I found being in the water pool that I had hired relaxing and it took away much of my pain. Gas and air made me feel a bit vacant but it didn't do much to help the pain. I was in labor from 10pm and then I had my baby at about 6am. I bought a water pool and went to classes that told me all about breathing techniques and active positions in labor to help with the pain. Imagining that the contractions are waves and each one as it ends is gone helps. Walking in early labor, rocking around and making noises helped with the pain. I was only in strong pain for twenty minutes with my second son's birth. The water pool was still filling when I told the midwife I could feel the head. I had been laying on my sofa until then. I sat up and two contractions later my baby was born. So I didn't have any pain relief at all. Wow! If I have a third baby I would want a water birth. Water is the thing that relaxes me most and takes away much of the pain. Essential oils might help me as well I think. Good luck.
• Australia
4 Jun 08
Water is a beautiful way to calm your body and your baby. I was in the shower when I delivered my last baby and I would have been in a nice warm bath if I didn't have medical reasons that stopped me doing so. As a doula I hope to support lots of women during water births. I hope that you do have a beautiful experience birthing your third child.