I suppose every first timer mom-to-be wants a fast, easy and most of all painless labor and delivery. I am one of them. I’d do anything to make the labor faster and painless! But there is no such thing for most of first timer pregnant women opting to have a normal delivery, except if you ask for epidural at 4 cm dilation. Contractions are painful, pushing is another type of pain – so, what can I do to at least ease if not eliminate the pain and avoid tearing?
Its been a month since I had my long labor in the hospital. I’ve always wanted to do a normal delivery so I did all things I hoped that would help me during labor. Below are some things that were said to be helpful during labor and delivery to alleviate the pain and prevent tearing.
EPI-NO stands for no episiotomy (a surgical cut made at the opening of the vagina during childbirth, to aid a difficult delivery and prevent rupture of tissues.) This is something that would help exercise your vaginal muscle in preparation for pushing your baby out. Who would not want to have a delivery without stitches on first pregnancy right? So I bought it. Although it felt weird every time I used it, I dared hoping I’ll get discharged without stitches. But I had. I am not saying EPI-NO is a non-sense, no. I had the episiotomy due to my sons head position and doctor had to use a cup.
Since I was induced, I had the most terrible pain in my life. When I had the first light pain after having inserted the first (out of 4) inducing medicine I used the TENS machine right away. Electrical current of the machine was very helpful esp at the peak of my painful contractions. It basically makes you divert your attention from pain to the currents released by the TENS.
RASPBERRY Leaf Tea
There are no scientific studies to the effect of this tea. In fact if I did not ask the midwife on our prenatal class, she would have not mentioned this.
Apparently, some threads online about having a fast, easy and less painful first time labor mentions the raspberry leaf. It is believe that this tea strengthen the muscle of your uterus that is good during contractions. There are many confessions of how it worked and other claimed it did not work for them.
I began drinking the tea from week 35 onwards. But I could not say if it worked for me as I’ve been induced.