I laboured at home for 11 hrs before heading into the hospital. I found that moving around heaps really helped.... that might be an obvious one but all I wanted to do was crawl up in a ball but dp made me and the pain was easier to handle when I was pacing. Also second the hot showers and excerise ball.
I have a very low pain tolerance also and was certain I get the epi but I managed the whole 16 hrs of labour on only gas. I just kept thinking people do this everyday and so can I! Good luck :-)
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23-05-2014 11:43 #11
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23-05-2014 11:46 #12Senior Member
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Agree with everyone else, it's like a period pain, hot showers and a heat pack and bouncing on a ball or just lying over the couch and rocking helped me a lot. I got a tens machine but I think that's only useful if there's someone to help you put it on, otherwise the wires are a pita.
There are apps you can dl to time contractions, I found it useful because I didn't have to look at the clock or time anything, I'd just press a button when it started and stopped and the app timed and recorded it automatically.
23-05-2014 11:51 #13
Hi, interested in this thread also. Thanks OP. Can anyone recommend a good app for timing contractions?
23-05-2014 12:46 #14
Yes I used Pregnancy Tracker, it's free and I used the kick counter too in the 3rd trimester. I think it only times about 10 contractions, then you have to reset it which is no big deal. I didn't time all my contractions, only about 3-4 every hour maybe?
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23-05-2014 12:47 #15
Also when your in the peak of a contraction just think it's nearly gone and you won't feel a thing soon.. Just a few more seconds!!!! Early labour is not the one to be worried about lol You will be fine it's such an exciting time! It's the day you have been waiting for! Xx
23-05-2014 12:49 #16Senior Member
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Another question - if I have a panic attack whilst I'm in labour would that stop or slow down the labour or would it not be a problem?
I don't get to see a psych till next week so with only 6 weeks to go I'm not sure how under control my anxiety will be by then or how proficient I'll be at relaxation strategies by then.
Also midwife at the antenatal class said to focus on breathing while in labour, but usually focusing on my breathing causes me to have a panic attack, so is focusing on breathing totally necessary?
23-05-2014 13:04 #17
Everyone is different and every labour is different. For me breathing didn't do anything but it may get others through. Mine was to vary positions and take showers (at home and hosp).
To be honest take it as it comes. I think as you said, it may stress you out a little more thinking about the next contraction and breathe and I must do this now and this is the position they told me would help. Whatever feels comfortable at the time, it may change every 5 minutes, is what you should do. Honestly your main focus is to get through each contraction however you want.
Try to rest through early labour and sleep if possible. You need to rest for active labour. Everyone is sooo different though. Xxx
23-05-2014 13:08 #18
It won't do anything to the labour but it isn't good for you. Relax if you can but if you cant, keep busy, anything to keep your mind from focusing on pain. I found I was taught a lot of things in antenatal and it all went out the window when I was in labour. I did my own thing, found my own breathing rhythm naturally and just leant over a ball and crunched ice when I got to the hospital. Couple of pethidine shots didnt hurt either lol
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23-05-2014 13:33 #19Senior Member
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A shower, Panadol and heat pack. Early labour is a lot similar to period pain. Put a movie on and try to relax and take ur mind off it. Oh and try to get some sleep. Once it all starts it's very exhausting. Conserve ur energy, eat well and rest.
23-05-2014 13:46 #20
I mustn't have bad periods because I didn't think it was anything like that! I don't have active labour to compare it to either.
Focusing on breathing makes me feel panicky too. Don't do that. Perhaps try pinching yourself? Your brain only has so many pain receptors so this distracts them from what's going on (sterile water injections are based in this theory) and I find it can snap me out of overthinking when heading towards a panic attack on my own.
I had to labour mostly alone as I wanted DH to sleep and have some energy for the day ahead. The bath felt amazing, helped so much. I should have had ready the following items: a pillow for my head that I didn't care if it got wet, a fan heater as it's hard to fully submerge when you're huge so knees etc got cold, a basket with a water bottle, a bottle of lemonade, some crackers, lollipops etc., lots of towels on the floor for all the water I kept sploshing over the sides.
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