In this article, you will find:
- Staying active and relaxation techniques
- TENS, water, and HypnoBirthing
- Acupuncture, homeopathy, aromatherapy, and reflexology
- Q&A on natural pain relief
Staying active and relaxation techniques
During your labor, encephalins and endorphins (feel-good hormones) are released to provide you with some naturally induced pain relief. Many women now are also more aware of natural techniques, such as staying active, and of the availability of complementary therapies that they can use in addition to, or instead of, medical pain relief during pregnancy, childbirth, and following the birth. Some of these therapies are self administered and some are practitioner administered. A knowledge of the benefits of different therapies and how to use them is important if you are considering using them to deal with pain in labor.