Simple Tricks to Ease Labour

Nobody can predict what labour has in store for you. Nor is it possible to control labour pain – though every expectant mother hopes for an easy, hassle-free delivery. However preparing early on for labour can itself have a great impact on easing childbirth. Here are a few factors that influence labour.

Breathe  Right

Rhythmic and concentrated breathing is known to help control labour pain during delivery. Attending a childbirth education class could be very helpful since they cover a range of pain management options that includes breathing techniques. While there are many options in breathing exercises that you could explore, there is no strict pattern you need to follow. What’s comfortable and works quickly to relieve pain, is the best option for you.

Stay Active

Don’t let pregnancy effect your active life. Carry about with your routine work as you do normally. It not only keeps your mind active, but your body too. A fit and healthy body will stimulate circulation and the production of natural hormones leading to positive birth outcome. It also boosts energy levels as also strengthen the muscles that could significantly aid labour.

Relax with Yoga

This is an alternative form of exercise that more and more pregnant women are opting for while preparing for childbirth. Yoga helps to de-stress and relax the mind. It also helps build stamina and ensures hormonal balance. Lower blood pressure, better digestion, stronger pelvic floor muscles and reduced constipation are the other positive benefits of Yoga.

Do Pilates

This is a unique form of body conditioning discipline that focuses on building body strength and improving posture through a series of low repletion and mild stretching exercises. It is a complete workout that helps strengthen the pelvic muscles even while toning the stomach and thigh muscles.

Pilates is the best exercise for pregnant women because it strengthens the most important muscles that will be used during labour. It is not advisable to do pilates without the guidance of a specialised trainer.

Try Alternate Therapy

Expectant mothers are exploring various unconventional therapies that are believed to reduce the discomfort and trauma of labour. Reflexology, massages, meditation, aromatherapy, acupressure, acupuncture or shiatsu (the stimulation of pressure points along the body) – are the more popular ones. It is believed that water therapy helps the uterus to contract more effectively, while Jasmine in aromatherapy is noted for preparing the uterine muscles for labour.

Get Physical

If you thought that you would have to suppress your sexual urge during pregnancy, well you are wrong. Intercourse during the final few weeks of pregnancy can help support labour. The prostaglandins in semen, helps soften the connective tissue of the cervix and increase oxytocin production in the muscle cells of the womb in preparation for labour.

Perineal Massage

Massaging the area of tissue between the anus and the vagina during the last few months of pregnancy, is considered to be helpful in minimising possible tearing or the need for an episotomy. Breast and nipple stimulation have been proven to induce strong uterine contractions. Nipple stimulation has been beneficial in restarting a stalled labour as well as in enhancing milk production.

 

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