10 Life-Saving Tips When You’re in Labor for the First Time

I know you might be sceptical.

The theory suggests that the feet are a map to the body. Over the last 10 years, the epidural has changed dramatically, explains William Camann, MD, coauthor of Easy Labor and director of obstetric anesthesia at Brigham and Women's Hospital, in Boston.

Please share your labour relaxation/distraction techniques!!

The purpose of this is to help with education and create better conversations between patients and their healthcare providers.

April Babies posts. Breathing, deep breathing — which not only helps you get through contractions but helps the contractions be more effective. The shoulders will arch up and the head and neck will be hunched forward. What is Back Labor?

Good luck. Slow rhythmic kneading is helpful for reducing tension in the shoulders, thighs or buttocks.

10 Thoughts That Will Get You Through the Pain of Contractions

This is a great time for your walking partner to do some hip compressions. And this one. Grasp the muscle between the heel of your hand and your closed fingers. Use some pictures from favorite vacation spots to help you. Make sure that she knows you are on her side. As the contractions arrive, tell her three to five times in succession to push until the contraction has stopped. There's tons of useful stuff for us in here - I love this forum I shall be writing a list out for hubby to make sure I follow as much as possible, I'm so excited now!

RJ, that's really good stuff too - thank you! Click here to learn more about reflexology: Exercise Put on your favorite prenatal exercise class and start moving! This reflexology point will help you breathe. Dance Yes, dancing in labor is super fun. And some claim that getting into the water is just as effective in relieving pain as an epidural! Videogames are a possibility too.

Thank you Elna. Music was the absolute best thing I did while I was in labor. Please sign in or register to add your reply. Imagine a relaxing place—a sunny beach, a fireside, a bubbling brook, or a pristine lake surrounded by mountains.

My Natural Baby Birth has an awesome guide to correct — and incorrect — breathing techniques in labor. These drinks are meant for anyone engaging in vigorous activity over a long period — perfect, in other words, for labor. But wait!