Natural Pregnancy Remedies: Pain Relief for Labor & Delivery
Labor massage is a great natural pregnancy remedy that helps with labor pain, especially when—during a contraction&mdash a massage therapist or doula spreads the sacrum open to make the contraction bearable. When I do labor massage, I use my thumbs to spread the sacroiliac joints laterally in the lower back lumbar region. This is possible because the hormone relaxin makes the joints looser during the pregnancy; thus, the sacrum joint is relaxed and spreads to make room for the baby. This is one reason why you don't want to stretch out too much toward your due date while doing exercises or yoga.
In my experience, the best time to get a massage is during active labor (from about 4 centimeters to 7 centimeters), when things start to get hairy.
I also help a laboring mother deal with pain perception by breathing deeply with her and reminding her to breathe during contractions. Other natural pregnancy remedies that can help include breathing exercises, like the Lamaze method and the Bradley method, which are part of hypnobirthing.
Look for a class to learn about these natural pregnancy remedies and childbirth methods, or read more about natural childbirth preparation at calmbirth.com.