Natural coping techniques for labor - The ultimate list!

There are so many ways to cope with the pain of labor. Many of these techniques can be done in any birth setting and can be done alone of in combination with medications.

Frequent Position Changes-
- Side lying
- Sitting on a birth ball
- All fours position
- Walking
- Standing
- Swaying
- Squats
- Lunges

Comfort Techniques-
- Hot pack
- Cold pack
- Water (shower or tub)
- Massage
- Acupressure
- Acupuncture
- Words of affirmation (your support partner telling you nice things)
- Visualization
- Guided imagery
- Counter pressure
- Double hip squeeze

Breathing Techniques-
- Slow deep breathing
- Slow relaxed breathing
- Patterned breathing
- Paced-patterned breathing

Relaxation Techniques-
- Progressive relaxation
- Touch relaxation
- Tension and relax

Having a supportive and attentive partner is one of the most important things you can have to cope with the pain of labor.

Be as educated and informed on the birth process and your options. Knowledge will help reduce your fear and help you to relax. It is important to relax and allow your labor to progress. Your mind has power over your body and stress and fear can make labor more painful and slow it down.

Add anything else you can think of!

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4Katie
    08/20/14
    Kissing, distraction, hula dance. lavender. Have a cup with a straw, it's easier to drink from and you want to stay hydrated.
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      08/20/14
      4Katie
      I totally forgot essential oils!
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      08/20/14
      lol
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