To alleviate pain and ease the birthing process, there are a series of measures you can take – regardless of how uncomfortable you might be. Keeping calm is the first basic attitude you should adopt, including:
- Try to change your position, seeking comfort within every move: sitting on the bed, laying on your side, squatting, sitting over an exercise ball or on a stool, on all fours, on your knees…the important thing here is to find a position where you’ll feel less pain from the contractions and that, at the same time, favors the baby’s position during birth.
- Taking a shower or immersing yourself in a warm bath can help.
- Drink plenty of water to supplement your energy and hydration levels – the baby will also benefit from this!
- Taking deep breaths, in the rhythm of the contractions, helps open the birth canal and eases the birth process. This breathing should be deep and slow, in a cadence, where you breathe in through the nose and out through the mouth. This way, the baby also benefits from all the oxygen.
- Listen to smooth, calming music with a relaxing rhythm.
- Taking a walk and moving your body helps curb the pain and control anxiety
- Hold hands with someone who you trust and brings you serenity and peace
- Don’t hesitate to ask for help with relieving pain or express how you feel