So giving birth can be a bit (a lot) scary. When I did my prenatal classes, I got a list of simple things that I can do, alone, with my husband or with my doula that could help ease the pain (by producing endorphins), lower my stress level and consequently make this experience more enjoyable for everybody (especially for me, ah).
I decided to share my personnal little list with you as it helped me figure out what I might like to do during those intense hours.
Connecting with your partner
Breathing slowly with an emphasis on breathing out
Massaging the lower back area
Doing hip movements (get that blue exercise ball)
Avoiding bright lights
Making your "nest" by understand your environement
Creating intimacy by only having few people with you
Having a contact with water: warm bath tub, cold facecloth, etc.
Resting between contractions (2 minutes can make a difference)
Drinking and eating light snacks
Not anticipating the next contraction...it will happen eventually!
Accepting the pain, "letting go" and trusting your body
Relaxing your jaw
Listening to your "childbirth soundtrack" (music)
Laughing...I know, easier said than done
And if nothing works, there is always the epidural!
I'm curious! What helped you the most while you were in labour?