What relaxes you?
One of the first questions I ask my clients as I help prepare them (and myself!) for their birthing experience is, “What relaxes you?” The tools you use to chill in your normal, day-to-day life are usually the things that will help you relax in labor, and perhaps it may surprise you that these simple measures are available to you no matter where you deliver.
- Massage is a common and excellent way to bring relaxation to your tensing muscles. If you’re into prenatal massages, this might be a great comfort measure to consider for labor! Your partner or doula can massage away those aches and pains, and some massage therapists even make hospital visits for the full therapeutic experience.
(Need a massage therapist recommendation? Contact me for a referral to some great massage therapists in Placerville!)
- Music is another common tool used to relax. What’s your favorite Pandora station to chill out to? Bring some speakers or headphones and zone out to your favorite calming music. Music can also serve as a distraction to those labor aches. If you’re not into getting all zen with some lilting spa tunes, try putting on some upbeat hip-hop or pop songs
and dance or sing along. Distraction goes a long way when it comes to pain management! And getting your body moving helps, too!
- Baths/showers are often the way we unwind after a long work week or when we really need to relax. Hot water helps ease our muscles and soaking in a bath makes us feel weightless (quite a feat for a woman at the end of her pregnancy!). Many hospitals these days (including Placerville’s own Marshall Medical Center) have tubs and/or showers available for laboring.
- Candles or dim lighting is a wonderful way to foster relaxation and peace. Those bright, sterile hospital lights don’t do much for our oxytocin flow! Bring along some battery-operated tea lights to disperse throughout your delivery room and shut off the stark overhead lights for a more calming environment.
Whatever you choose to help you relax during labor, Placerville Doula has your back! Contact us for a free consultation.