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Before I gave birth, I couldn't imagine how I'd get through labor and delivery. I mean, I knew I somehow would, but I just could not imagine myself actually doing it -- and how I'd cope with the pain. What works for every mama is different, but it's good to have options.
Of course, the epidural is one option -- and you may wind up having one -- but trying different positions can help, too. The Mayo Clinic.com has an illustrated slide show on various labor positions to try. Some include:
- Leaning forward in a chair
- Kneeling over a birthing ball or pillows
Several moms who had delivered before said that position worked for them -- and the subject of childbirth classes as a place to get other strategies for coping with labor and delivery came up, too.
Are you taking a childbirth class? And if you've given birth, did you find switching positions helped with labor and delivery?