There are many natural ways to deal with labor contractions other than resorting to drugs. Natural methods of pain relief during labor are based upon relaxation and comfort techniques.Breathing helps to relax the tension in the muscles. Take a deep breath at the beginning of the contractions and relax as you breathe out.
Rhythmic and controlled breathing helps in relaxing your mind and body. You can relax and distract yourself by listening to music or by concentrating on some distant mental images.
Today, more and more people are opting for water birth. Spending time in water during labor is found to be relaxing for many pregnant women. The buoyancy of the water gives a feeling of weightlessness. Also the relaxing effect provided by water makes the contractions more bearable.
Move around and change positions. Moving around is found to be effective for the progress of labor. Lean against a wall or walk around. Avoid lying on your back with the progress in labor. Pelvic movements by rocking your hips are found to be very good to relieve pressure and tension and also to keep your baby up and moving. You can also get on all fours to ease back pain
Massaging helps to cope with labor pain and relieve anxiety. Massage your back and shoulders during contractions. Massaging helps in releasing hormones called endorphins which help in relieving the pain.
TENS (Trans cutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation) machines are also used to relive pain. It consists of a portable handset and electrodes. It regulates the amount of nerve stimulation, helps in the release of endorphins and thus controls pain.
Heat relaxes tense muscles and provides relief from labor pain. Warm your back, tummy and groin with a hot water bottle wrapped in a towel. A micro waved sock filled with wheat grains or rice husks can be used in the place of the hot water bottle.
Labor pain will be intense when you are dehydrated. Always keep yourself hydrated. Water and ice chips can be given prior to the commencement of labor.
Techniques like acupuncture and hypnosis are also used to provide relief from labor pain. Also do not tire yourself during pregnancy .Take plenty of rest and conserve your energy for the labor.
Thus by adopting the above methods, the necessity of using medications for pain relief can be completely avoided during labor.