MOVEMENT! Moving into positions your body feels like it needs to be in is a big deal.
great question...and yes!! i had stadol last time as well( i was also induced and had an epidural).. ..its one of the reasons i am going natural this time... i swear you could have told me i was on a magic carpet and i would have said coooolllllllllll....uh not cool! if thats what it did to me lord only knows how it affected my baby....never again i'll bear the pain this go round
It is different for every person. Me, I have to have complete silence, and no one touching me durring contractions. I go into a zone durring contractions, and any outside influence will take that away.
2nd, I have a mantra that I tell myself. "That it is just 1 contraction, I can handle 1 contraction, I am strong and 1 contraction will not overcome me. I am a woman who was created to labor and birth, my body knows how to do this, trust my body."
When I fight labor, think about the pain, look at how much longer labor will be, I feel the pain 1,000x more.
I'm preganant with my 5th, my first was my only pain relief labor w/epidural. I've had one 1pit induced labor, that through zoning, and taking one contraction at a time was able to do so without pain meds. My other two were completely natrural.
I had a shot of fentinyl, but I've heard that 3 Tylenol pack as much punch. (And supposedly at the moment that you're begging for drugs, you're almost there!)
For me being able to move as i please works, showers were great as well. I didnt do much to prepare myself, i just knew that my body was made for it and since all the women in my family had natural and home births i assumed that if they could so can i! Focus in breathing, i think women tend to panic and stop taking deep breaths during labor.
Also remember that the pain will be over as soon as the baby is born!
Movement, mediation, water, massage, vocalization, reminding myself that this is only temporary and that it is pain with a purpose- I am strong.
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