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Helpful ways not to tense up when having contractions

Posted by on Jul. 9, 2013 at 9:18 PM
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What are some great things to do instead of tensing during  contractions.

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jellyphish
by Platinum Member on Jul. 9, 2013 at 9:23 PM
Breathe.
Move.
Sway.
Sing.
Drink.
Bounce on a ball.
Get massaged.
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krazykiddles
by on Jul. 9, 2013 at 9:30 PM
Find your mental calmness.
Ask for quiet when you need it.
Allow your body to labor without fear.
BaileysMom9
by Member on Jul. 9, 2013 at 11:57 PM
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Keep your jaw loose and open :)  Low sounds facilitate opening, high pitch sounds facilitate tension.  Rocking, swaying, and kissing :)

krazykiddles
by on Jul. 10, 2013 at 1:49 AM

There are musical calming soundtracks on YouTube for helping during labor.

Ellie-Mae
by on Jul. 10, 2013 at 8:38 AM
Wiggle your toes. Sounds crazy, but focusing on another part of your body that isn't in pain can help.
newwifenmom
by Member on Jul. 10, 2013 at 8:52 AM

I just took full breaths and walked.

JoJoBean8
by Group Mod on Jul. 10, 2013 at 9:33 AM

I always breathed and talked to myself. 

sm12
by on Jul. 10, 2013 at 1:18 PM

 in addition to all the replies you have received so far picture a flower bud in your mind which is your uterus and as yoru have contractions this flower starts to bloom while chanting 'open' and you envision your baby coming out.  A great read to help with this is The Husband Coached birth by Robert Bradley.  he also talks about deep low moaning tones along with a lot of other help tips.  Good Luck!

tabi_cat1023
by Group Mod - Tabitha on Jul. 10, 2013 at 1:50 PM

I found loud low moans helped me alot....and shaking major muscles..like I grabbed my thigh and shook the large muscle and for some reason it worked lol 

cemcnair
by Courtney on Jul. 10, 2013 at 4:47 PM
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'Labor singing" (like moaning) is how I managed my last labor. I "watched" the pain leave with the sound.

Quoting jellyphish:

Breathe.
Move.
Sway.
Sing.
Drink.
Bounce on a ball.
Get massaged.


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