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A-Z of self-help for labour and birth

A

Aromatherapy, Acupuncture, Acupressure and Ask for information: the more you know, the more relaxed you’ll feel, Fresh air

B

Breathe rhythmically, and relax as you breathe out, have a bath, birth ball, read a book, bake something

C

Cuddles, use electronic candles to lower the lighting and change the mood, change position, communication, comfort

D

Dance your baby into the world, drink plenty of fluids, distraction

E

Eat carbohydrate-rich foods when you feel hungry, Empathy and encouragement from your birth, make the birth environment your own!

F

A fan, Food! Freedom of movement. Focus, leaning forward positions, friend(s)

G

Groan and moan: making a noise is a great form of pain relief! Use Gravity to help nature. Guidance from partner, midwife, … Gentle movement, music, lighting…

H

Hoover, hydrotherapy, staying at home for as long as possible, hand holding, husband, Homeopathy, and Hot (but not too hot) water, hand massage.

I

Ice packs on your back, ice cream, positive images

J

Joke with your partner and the midwife; keep things in perspective! Jiggle and Juggle, Jigsaw, Jazz.

K

Knowledge, Kisses (from your partner, Mum, sister, friend). Kneeling positions.

L

Listen to music to help you relax. Use Low Level Lighting and Lots of Love and  Laughter, Loo

M

Mop the floors, Move to the Music! Massage

N

Nap between contractions. Make some Noise!

O

Open your pelvis as wide as possible to help your baby be born. Oxygen – keep breathing. The more Oxygen is in your circuit, the fewer pain you may feel. Try sitting On the toilet. Orgasm – go on then, have an orgasmic birth! Having an orgasm will not only improve your comfort, satisfaction and well-being during labour, the oxytocin released while having an orgasm also helps to keep your contractions going! Win/Win 😉

P

Positive thinking: ‘Each contraction brings me closer to the birth of my baby’. Use Pillows and different Positions.

Q

Question what you don’t understand; being frightened will make the pain worse. A Quiet environment may be more relaxing.

R

Read, Rest, Reflexology can be Relaxing. Rock your pelvis round and round and back and forwards with each contraction. Reassurance from your partner.

S

Sigh out Slowly with every breath (SOS-breathing). Scream, Swear, Sing, Shout! Stand up and sway. Support, shower, sleep.

T

Trust your body: you do know how to give birth! Talk to friends/family, TENS, Trust your midwives and birth partner(s)

U

Understand the sensation and work with it, urinate regularly, upright positions, Understand the treatment being offered; if you Understand, you can cooperate and make things easier.

V

Visit the toilet regularly; a full bladder means less room for baby in the pelvis. Visualisation – visualise

W

Walk & wiggle around to ease aches and pains and bring on contraction. Use Water for labour, to make you feel lighter and more relaxed. Walls are great to lean on. Especially tiled ones as they can be soothingly cool

X

Xxxx – more kisses!

Y

Yoga, Yell, loud and long. Say Yes!

Z

Zzzzzzzzzzz – doze off in between contractions.