Try these simple, natural pain management techniques as your labor progresses.
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Ask For a Massage
Have your partner apply a lavender- or jasmine-scented massage oil to whatever part of your body that needs some kneading.
Fill a long sock with uncooked rice and heat it in the microwave for about one minute, then place it on your abdomen (make sure it's not too hot). If it gets cold, reheat it in the microwave.
NOTE: This tip works best if you're having a home birth or if you do it before leaving for the hospital.
Back Pain Relief
Fill a rubber glove with crushed ice and place it on your lower back to relieve back pain. Never use a cold pack on your abdomen.
Pinch some flesh:
Use acupressure to help ease pain by pinching the fleshy part of your hand between the thumb and index finger. Don't do this before you go into labor, though, as it can also stimulate contractions.
Peaceful & Mindful Labor
Create a peaceful space:
Dim the lights. Plug in a small lamp. Play your favorite relaxing music. (I listened to Dan Gibson and John Herberman's Rhythms of the Sea while watching a hypnotic image of Matisse's dancing bathers projected on the wall by a pinwheel lamp.)
Breathe. Your baby is almost here.