Labor- As the name suggests, highlights hard work. Pain, muscle fatigue, physical, mental and emotional strain all come at the same time with leaps and bounds, multiplying in geometrical fashion. So the birthing mother has to have a lot of tricks and techniques in her kitty, any of which can come handy. Lots has been talked about epidural analgesia and medications, but today I will tell you about the various non medical methods to deal with labor pains and access the subconscious mind for deep relaxation.
Education, awareness should start in the antenatal period itself to alleviate the anxiety of the expecting parents. The fear of pain is larger than the pain itself, and this needs to be addressed. Relaxation techniques, meditation, yoga, counselling, deep breathing, mantra chanting, Lamaze sessions should be held in pregnancy itself to make the mother familiar with all the tools available. Following are the various ways to deal with labor pains:
Any strategy which you use in the stressful situations in your life to strengthen your subconscious mind and gain confidence can help during labor also. There are no set rules, medication and epidural analgesia can be used whenever you feel that nothing is working.