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What are the methods to help relief pain during labour?

During Labour or Childbirth, the pains you experience are caused by contractions of the muscles of the uterus and by the pressure on the cervix. Most of the pain can be felt as strong cramping in the abdomen, back and the groin, as well as an achy feeling throughout.

 

1. One fantastic method for pain relief during labour is TENS Machines – highly recommended by a lot of our customers.


Transcutaneous Electric Nerve Stimulation machine is a small battery-operated device that operates as a method of pain relief involving the use of a mild electric current. Tens Machines essentially sends a soothing pulse/electrical current via the pads through the skin along the nerve fibres, acting as a natural pain relief.


The Tens Machines for labour begins to supress pain signals and the body begins to produce much higher levels of its very own pain killer – enkephalins and endorphins. The soothing pulses help with a wide range of pains.


TENS can be used to alleviate pain caused by a wide range of problems like back pain, arthritis, nerve pain, joint pain, neck pain, period pain, sports related injuries, sciatica, muscle pain. Although sometimes, it is also used during labour as a method of pain relief. 

Mums To Be Tens - Maternity Tens For Pain Relief During Labour and Childbirth

Mums To Be - Pain Relief for Labour and Childbirth


2. A Warm Shower can sooth you


A warm shower can certainly soothe you, and it’s recommended if you sit on a stool or some form of seat and direct the handheld showerhead onto your back or abdomen. Bathing in warm water can certainly relax your body and there is a possibility that it may even speed up labour.

 

 

3. Massage


We would investigate the idea of a massage; however, a massage could be a bit of an understatement when it comes to the kind of pressure most women need for relief during labour.
Tell your birth partner or midwife where you would like to be massaged. You may want your back or shoulders massaged between contractions to help you relax. Give feedback so you can get the best out of the massages.


A massage that starts off slowly can be best, rather than frantic rubbing could make you feel panicky rather than relaxed. Having your partner rub your feet, massage your hands or your template can distract you, relax you naturally and make you feel cared for – which is a massive morale boost during labour. Any little distractions certainly help!

A man and woman laughing on a bench outside with the man rubbing his hand on the womans pregnant belly

4. Changing positions


There is good evidence that keeping in upright positions and walking around can certainly help shorten your labour.
Your midwife can guide and support you when trying different positions. Some are designed to help cope in the first stages of labour.


You’ll need all the energy you can get throughout labour, so saving energy in early labour is important but a short, gentle walk can ease pain and speed up your contractions. Just try not to overdo it, as you’ll need plenty of energy much later on.

A woman who is outside walking around whilst she rubs her pregnant belly

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