Many women decide early in their pregnancies that they want to have a physiological birth. They want to bring their child into the world without pain medication. Studies show us that pain medications do increase risks for both moms and babies and some women choose to avoid them. The issue with that is labor is intense!
What can a woman do to make her labor a more comfortable experience if she doesn't want drugs?
One thing is essential. We must avoid suffering. Let me make two very clear distinctions... pain is physical sensation and suffering is an emotional one.
A person can have physical pain and not experience any emotion suffering. On the other hand, a person can suffer severely emotionally when their body is entirely pain-free.
What is important for the experience of birth is that a woman is able to avoid suffering during labor, even if her birth is intense and even a bit painful (I mean, a person is exiting your body. You're going to feel it, drugs or not).
So, what can a woman do to give herself pain relief if she has chosen to pass on drugs in birth?
Here is a list of 10 Labor Pain Relief Options that are not drugs! These are evidence-based, easy to do (although some require practice or a partner), and safe!
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