Whether your birth plan involves staying drug-free or getting an epidural asap, you’ll need some med-free ways to manage the early labor pains while you’re still at home. Ease the ouch with these mom-approved techniques.
Breathing exercises: Focus on inhaling and exhaling to help you feel more in control. alleviate tension with slow, deep breaths.
Walking: Take a walk around the block for some fresh air and to distract yourself from the contractions.
Rocking: Pull out the birthing ball, and use it to sit and sway or kneel and lean over.
Changing positions: Some mamas squat; others are more comfortable on all fours. Move around to find what works for you.
Warmth: Whether it’s a hot water bottle or a warm bath, turning up the heat can soothe those aching muscles. take care not to get over- heated, though, which can lower your blood pressure and affect blood flow to your baby.