Coping with labor pain
Although having a baby is a very exciting time, being in labor may bring you a lot of pain and discomfort. There are a few ways to cope with the pain by yourself and with your partner’s help.
Back pain-Chances are you will have severe lower back pain as the baby pushes on your back. Luckily, there are ways to ease this discomfort. Have your partner press inward on the point of the back that hurts. Pushing on the point that hurts for a few seconds and letting go will help with the pain. If you do not have anyone that can assist you try lying on a tennis ball and pressing against it. Also, try cold and warm compresses to help the pain. Slow dancing, lunges and rocking or swaying in your partner’s arms may also help loosen the back muscles.
Lower body pain- Foot massages, relaxing in the water and sitting on the toilet may help with lower body pain and discomfort. Lying on one side with a pillow between your legs is very helpful for hip pain.
It is very important that you can control your labor pain with breathing and relaxation strategies before you resort to medicine. Have your significant other help you deal with your pain by having him read through the article "Labor tips for the dads".