🙌🏽 Welcome to one of the biggest fears of childbirth.. the wonderful contractions! Just the word contraction is intimidating.
⁉️ How to cope with contractions?
😍 The first thing will be to look at contractions from a different perspective.
Rather than the “painful part” we should see them as the big helper.
👍🏼 Without contractions our cervix would never dilate, and without this our baby would never come.
1. We welcome contractions!! 🙌🏽 We love contractions! We look forward to have contractions.
2. 👍🏼 Contractions are a temporary sensation. Birth has been designed to cope with it, if that would not be that case, then would there be so many humans in the world? Our uterus will contract (in normal circumstances) for 40-60 seconds and then relax with no pain at all for 2-4 minutes. See contractions just as a temporary feeling!
3. 🧘♀️ Use breathing techniques! Distraction is the key. The pain doesn’t come directly from the uterine muscles, the pain is generated by our brain. If our brain is focusing on other “business “ like counting while we are breathing, this will benefit us as it keeps our brain busy and takes the attention away from pain.
4. 🤗 Use a comb (acupressure + distraction). Gripped in your hands, a comb can help to touch acupuncture points in your hands, keeping you distracted as well.
♥️ Your body will never go against you. Contractions will bring your baby into your arms.
Welcome them, look forward to them.
And remember, you are stronger than them because they are part of you.
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