Natural Pain Relief during Labor

Labor is painful. It’s a simple fact of life. Even if you have a tremendously high pain tolerance, the fact of the matter is that you’re not going to feel good. There’s nothing wrong with feeling like you need some pain relief during labor. Today, it’s often assumed, however, that you’re going to want medical pain relief during labor. That being said, for some women, medical intervention for pain may take away from the experience of birth. These women may turn to natural pain relief options during labor.

Understanding what your options for natural pain relief during labor can help you to make an informed decision when the time actually comes. Here are some of the most common methods that women have used for pain relief during labor:

  • Mental exercises. The breathing exercises that you learn in your childbirth class are, in many ways, designed to help you get a handle on the pain of labor. There are a number of different mind-over-matter techniques you can use for natural pain relief during labor. Spend some time learning some of these and you’ll find labor may go more smoothly..
  • Herbal remedies. Some of the herbal remedies for labor pain relief might include creams or lotions, for example, that contain a variety of ingredients that can not only provide a natural alternative labor pain relief, but can actually help to move labor along.  These creams use a variety of herbs and ingredients such as Vitamin E, vanilla oil, kukui nut, lavender, and blue and black cohosh.  In some cases, these lotions or creams are also designed to be used for perineal massage, which can help avoid tearing of the perineum or an episiotomy.
  • Relaxation techniques. Hypnosis or other relaxation techniques may help with pain during labor. There are even CDs designed to help you enter a more relaxed state of mind when you’re in the delivery process.

Even if you’re going to use natural pain relief during labor, you should spend some time learning about other pain relief options. Research the kinds of medications that the hospital is likely to offer, and learn what the possible side effects as well as the procedures for use are going to be.

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