Posted on July 14, 2009 Print This Post
- Relaxation techniques work best when integrated into daily life, rather than just labor. . . Practice daily. Become a relaxation expert.
- REST, REST, REST!!! Labor takes energy, so be sure you are getting plenty of rest prior to labor. If labor starts at night, rest as much as is comfortable.
- Plan a labor project that will include physical movement, contact with normal daily life, and uses mental activity. (Ideas: garden, bake, write letters, lunch with friends).
- Avoid excessive support in early labor. This may make you feel weak and dependent.
- Water is your friend; dehydration is your enemy. Drink to thirst. When labor gets tough…get in the water (Shower or tub). Water has many benefits.
- Use the bathroom every hour. A full bladder can hinder your progress and make contractions more intense.
- Eat to energize your body and mind for the work that lies ahead. Labor requires physical stamina and mental energy.
- In active labor, notice what works and do more of that. Be willing to try a variety of coping techniques.
- Be active, walk between contractions. Change position every 30 minutes. This allows the baby to navigate with ease.
- In truth, one contraction at a time is not too difficult. Remember, the prizes of life are at the end of each journey, not near the beginning. Birth is not a race.
“There is a secret in our culture. It is not that childbirth is painful, but that women are strong! ” Laura Stavoe Harm