Health Tip: Be More Comfortable During Childbirth

Suggestions to make labor and delivery more tolerable

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(HealthDay News) -- Few women would say childbirth is easy. The amount and type of pain depends on the woman herself, her baby's size and its position, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists says.

The college offers these general suggestions for how to stay more comfortable during childbirth:

  • Well before the birth, take childbirth classes that will teach you breathing techniques and relaxation methods to use in the delivery room.
  • Ask your partner to apply pressure and massage your lower back. Tennis balls or your partner's hands will do fine.
  • Apply an ice pack to your lower back.
  • Change positions as often as is necessary to get more comfortable.
  • Ask your doctor or nurse if you can take a shower.
  • Use a damp, cool washcloth to wipe down your body if you get too hot.

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