Health Tip: Manage Pain During Childbirth

(HealthDay News) -- Pain is a virtual certainty during childbirth, but there are ways to ease the discomfort without medication.

The womenshealth.gov website mentions these no-medication possibilities:

  • Practicing relaxation and breathing techniques.

  • Relaxing in a warm shower or bath, or getting a gentle massage.

  • Receiving hot and cold therapy, including placing a cool washcloth on the forehead or a heating pad on the lower back.

  • Seeking the care and support of a doula, nurse or loved one.

  • Trying various positions to get more comfortable, from crouching to walking.

  • Listening to soothing music.

  • Using a labor ball.

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