6) Shout if you need to!
It is well known that many mums shout loudly during the birth, or tightly grab the hands of baby’s father who is there on the sidelines.
Don’t hold it in, shout or sing! Vocalising the pain could help you to relieve it.
There are also pre-natal singing classes you can take. You learn to emit deep sounds which work on the pelvis, and other sharp sounds that work on the upper body.
7) Try acupressure
Originating from traditional Chinese medicine, acupressure follows the same principles as acupuncture, but without the needles! The goal is to support the body’s equilibrium, through manual stimulation of the body’s energy points.
For a faster and less painful birth, acupressure works on the sacrum. According to many mothers who have tried it out, this method anesthesises the pain from start to finish, allowing for a pain free and faster birth.
Find a position in which you can relax completely and try to sleep in between contractions.
According to the mums who tested this method out, leaning on large cushions while sitting on a bed or a couch was a good way to help get through the labour pains.
9) Breathe deeply
For Isabelle, her labour lasted only 2 hours, thanks to sophrology exercises, which helped her learn how to breathe, particularly through the contractions. While remaining standing and walking around to facilitate the labour, Isabelle stopped when a contraction came on and completed a massaging technique, breathing out for as long as possible. This breathing technique, which is taught through prenatal yoga classes or general prenatal classes, could help you tolerate the pain, but not get rid of it. With every contraction, you need to breathe in deeply to inflate the stomach and slowly breathe out, visualising the pain leaving your body. Thanks to this breathing exercise, in Isabelle’s experience, the muscles became relaxed and the baby descended rapidly, and she gave birth 20 minutes after arriving at the hospital, without an epidural!
10) Take your time
On the day of the birth, wait until the contractions have gotten closer before heading for the maternity ward, obviously unless you live very far from the nearest hospital.
Once you arrive at the maternity ward, you will be hooked up to monitoring machines that will limit your movement. What’s more, being in a hospital can increase stress levels. Stay at home while you can, moving between standing and sitting, and ensure that you are genuinely close to giving birth before leaving the house, as it may be a false alert.
Make the most of your time at home by taking a hot bath with the lights dimmed, to help you relax as much as possible.