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What Are The Pain Treatments During Labor ?

What are the Pain Treatments during labor ?

Just as the amount of time in labor varies from woman to woman, the amount of pain women experience is also different. The size and position of your baby and the strength of your contractions will influence pain.

All women worry about how they will cope with the pain during labor. Childbirth is different for every woman. No one can predict how you will feel. The amount of pain a woman feels during labor and delivery depends on the size and position of her baby, size of her pelvis, her emotions, and the strength of her contractions.

Although some women manage their pain with breathing and relaxation techniques that are learned in childbirth classes, others need to depend on other methods to control the pain.

When you are in labor, your doctor or midwife would ask you if you need pain relief and it is their job to help you decide what option is best for you. These days women in labor have many options that work well and put small risks when given by an experienced doctor.

Doctors also use different methods of pain relief at different stages of labor. Not all the options are available at every hospital. Your health history, allergies, and any complications with your pregnancy will make some methods are better than others. Keep this in mind that very rare but sometimes serious complications can occur and the medicines used to manage your pain during labor passes freely into the placenta. Check with your doctor how pain relief medications might affect your baby and your ability to breastfed your baby after delivery.

Some of the most commonly used pain relief methods include:

Several drugs are used to help ease the pain during labor. Although these medications are usually safe for the mother and baby, as with any other medications, they have their potential for side effects. The pain relieving drugs are of two categories analgesics and anesthetics.


Relieves pain without the loss of feeling or muscle movements. At the time of labor, these may be given systematically through injection into a vein or a muscle or locally by injection into the lower back to numb your lower part of the body. A single injection into the spinal fluid that relieves pain is referred to as a spinal block.

An epidural block is continuously administered to the area around your spinal cord and spinal nerves via the catheter inserted into the epidural space. Possible side effects of these both include decreased blood pressure, which can slow down the baby's heart beat rate and headache.


Block all feeling including pain. They also block muscle movements. General anesthetics allow you to lose consciousness. If you have a c-section delivery, you will be given general, spinal, or an epidural anesthesia. The exact form of anesthesia will depend on your health condition, your baby's health, and the medical conditions of your delivery.

Non-Drug Methods

Non-drug option for relieving the pain includes relaxation techniques, acupuncture, hypnosis, and changing your positions frequently during labor. Even if you have chosen a non-drug pain relief method, you can still ask for the pain medications at any point during your labor and delivery.

Try the below natural methods of pain relief.

  • Take warm baths or showers
  • Try breathing and relaxation techniques
  • Use heat on your lower back and cold washcloth on forehead
  • Get massages or rubbings
  • Find yourself comfortable positions while in labor (standing, crouch, sitting, walking, etc.)
  • Listen to music or watch TV.
  • By using a labor ball
Try the below tips to help you feel positive about your childbirth:

  • Attend childbirth classes. Call your hospital, midwife, or doctor for the childbirth class information.
  • Try to get the maximum information from your midwife or doctor. Write down your questions and talk with your doctor about them at your regular visits.
  • Share your fears and emotions with your partner, family members, and friends.

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