'Mom-Ed: Childbirth' Day 4: There ARE Natural Ways to Manage Labor Pain (VIDEO)

labor painYesterday I learned from CafeMom Studio's Mom-Ed: Childbirth video all about the early stage of labor -- and how it can be boring as all get out. And today? I learned about the not-so early stage of labor, I.E., the painful part.

Now, I've got to be honest, I'm not looking forward to this part. Especially since I'm hoping to forgo any drugs. I know I shouldn't be scared, as women have been doing this (sans epidurals) since the beginning of time and all, but I am, and that's that. Luckily, Alice and Eden have some great tips on managing the pain during this portion of labor -- tips I never would have found on my own. If you're pregnant, or are planning to be soon, you definitely can't afford to not watch this video. Check it out.

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Okay, so the nausea and vomiting? Didn't know about that one. And, in my book, few things are worse than nausea and vomiting. I loathe it with every fiber of my being. Definitely going to bring supplies to combat that, should it (hopefully not) come up. I like the idea of ginger candies, but I may throw in a can of ginger ale and a couple of Saltines as well. You know, the standby.

I also like the idea of compresses and massage tools. I need to get a hot water bottle, but I'm definitely going to pack that little massager thing I got in my Christmas stocking three years ago and still haven't used. Also, I recently heard (from a commenter here on The Stir, actually) that a rolling pin is another good device to use on your back.

As far as the photos of flowers and things opening -- sure, why not? Right now, it sounds a little kooky to me, but I think come advanced labor, I'll be open to pretty much anything, so it probably won't hurt to have them handy.

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Any other tips for managing labor pain, ladies?

 

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