The discomfort you experience during labor depends on several factors. There are different strategies you may use alone or in combination to help cope with your labor. Talk with your provider about your options in preparation of your baby’s birth.
Relaxation and breathing techniques (showering, birthing ball).
Analgesics or pain relieving drugs will help provide pain relief to allow breathing and relaxation techniques to become more effective.
Epidural anesthesia blocks most pain perception; numbs your body from the waist to toes.
Nitrous oxide (laughing gas) is a self-administered gas that can be breathed in to temporarily relieve pain, without long-lasting side effects. Download brochure about nitrous oxide.