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Health Tip: Manage Pain During Childbirth

Suggestions to ease pain without medication

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(HealthDay News) -- Pain is a virtual certainty during childbirth, but there are ways to ease the discomfort without medication.

The website mentions these no-medication possibilities:

  • Practicing relaxation and breathing techniques.
  • Relaxing in a warm shower or bath, or getting a gentle massage.
  • Receiving hot and cold therapy, including placing a cool washcloth on the forehead or a heating pad on the lower back.
  • Seeking the care and support of a doula, nurse or loved one.
  • Trying various positions to get more comfortable, from crouching to walking.
  • Listening to soothing music.
  • Using a labor ball.


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