Childbirth is an unconditional reflex activity of the body, during which the fetus, placenta, amniotic fluid and membranes are expelled from the uterus through the natural birth canal. It would be unfair to say that this process is absolutely painless, but you can still alleviate your condition during childbirth.
- - essential oils (rosemary, lavender and lemon balm);
- - mobile phone or MP3 player;
- - shower.
During childbirth, a woman's body produces endorphins - hormones of joy and pleasure, which give emotional uplift, reduce unpleasant physical sensations, relieve pain and help to relax. But the production of endorphins is a subtle mechanism: it depends on the emotional state of the woman in labor. That is, the excessive anxiety that a woman can take during childbirth suppresses the production of hormones of pleasure and joy.
Painful sensations arise in the muscles that surround the uterus and are localized in the lumbar region or lower abdomen. The cause of labor pain is muscle tension. Of course, it is impossible to control the contractions of the uterus, but it is not so difficult to control the surrounding muscles by deliberately relaxing them.
Fear causes muscle tension, which in turn provokes pain. So, in order to pain relief from childbirth, you need to learn how to relax. Naturally, training sessions are indispensable.
Spread your knees to the sides, rest your chest on the pillow, put your hands under your head, inhale deeply and slowly (relax as you exhale). Relax different parts of your body one at a time. Calm music, essential oils of lemon balm, lavender and rosemary, as well as slightly dim light will help enhance the effect.
An effective way to relieve labor pain is water. It literally “tricks” the pain perception mechanism, acting like a full body massage. Some maternity hospitals allow you to take a shower: by taking advantage of this opportunity, you will significantly reduce stress and pain.
A well-chosen posture will help reduce labor pain. For example, swing your hips in a swaying motion (as if you were dancing). This “dance” will relax the perineum, relieve tension and help open the cervix.