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Comfort Measures in Labor

Labor may be the hardest work that your body ever does in any one period of time. The force of labor comes from the strength of your uterus (a large, strong muscle) and it’s ability to move your baby down through the birth canal and out of your body. But the uterine muscle is not the only factor. Another important factor is your ability to work with your body during labor and not struggle against what your body is doing. This involves focusing on relaxation, positioning your body upright when possible to allow the baby to move down towards birth, and movement which we will talk about in another article (movement in labor).

So how will you stay relaxed, what are some ways to achieve comfort while in labor? That is a very good question! You probably know that there are medications which can help with discomfort during labor and those are discussed in another article (medications used for pain in labor), but there are also many ways to naturally reduce the pain of labor and they are listed below with brief explanations. Many of these tools are most helpful if they have been practiced during the last few months of your pregnancy.

Dr. Cheryl Sharp, Chief Content Officer
Cheryl is a midwife and women's health nurse practitioner who has been caring for women, newborns, and families more than 30 years. She views the opportunity to journey with women through their pregnancy and beyond as a sacred privilege.