Acupuncture may be used to help and alleviate the discomfort associated with postoperative pain.
Acupuncture may be able to assist you with-
it has been found to be effective for labour pain
Back or pelvic pain during pregnancy
Depression (with antidepressants)
Please call Tanya on 0408 054 538 at Cairns Acupuncture.
Some labour tips –
Find out, from classes, books and magazines what will happen to your body during labour and delivery so that you understand what is going on at each stage.
Prepare for birth by learning and practising breathing exercises, even if you intend to have an epidural.
Stay supple and keep muscles toned with exercises designed for pregnancy. Antenatal classes, Active Birth Movement, or birth centres will give details and suggest books.
Eat well and get plenty of rest at the end of pregnancy so that you avoid going into labour already tired. induce labour cairns
Talk to your partner what will happen and how he can assist you. It really helps if you learn about the process together, and most antenatal courses include a fathers session or are designed for couples together.
If it is night-time or you are short of sleep, try to rest because you will need more energy later.
Eat something light and easily digestible which will give you energy. Do not eat anything heavy because digestion slow right down during labour and a full stomach makes nausea or sickness more likely. In an emergency which requires a full anaesthetic or a Caesarean, it also increases the risk of inhaling vomit.
Most women feel excited and elated at the start of labour. Carrying on a normal and doing practical tasks is calming, while moving around and staying upright will encourage contractions. induce labour cairns
A warm bath, if the waters are intact, is often soothing and relaxing, or a shower if the waters have broken. induce labour cairns
Check everything is ready to take to the hospital – prepare last-minute things like sandwiches for your partner, a thermos of ice, drinks etc – Having something practical to do is often helpful. induce labour cairns induce labour cairns
Try to listen to your body and be guided by what seems best. Most women find contractions in Early Labour are easy to cope with in a vertical position, but do experiment – try walking, kneeling, sitting astride a chair or even squatting if your are agile and have been practising.
Remember to go to the toilet at regular intervals throughout labour. labour induction cairns
Your partner can help by timing contractions and the gaps in between, by asking medical staff to wait if they want to do something and you are in the middle of a contraction, by massaging the small of your back or your stomach if you find this soothing and by reminding you to relax and breathe through contractions.
It is very easy to become disorientated or feel overwhelmed towards the end of the first stage of labour, especially if it has gone on a long time. Usually contractions are at their most intense and you are at your most tired. It is important to take each contraction one at a time, and remember that each one is a step nearer to the birth of your baby. Try to relax as fully as possible in between and concentrate on the present moment.
Remember that if you have one or two contractions that are very hard to cope with, this is usually the signal that you are near the end of the first stage.
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It is usual to limit intake by mouth to just small amounts of clear fluid during this stage, but many people find it helps to suck on ice cubes or a moist, natural sponge, and to use Vaseline or lipsalve on your lips to stop them and your mouth getting dry, something which often happens with breathing exercises. labour induction cairns
Get into the easiest and most comfortable position for pushing the baby out – again, listen to what your body is telling you. labour induction cairns
Try to relax your pelvic floor – keep your mouth and jaw relaxed because the two go together and if you are clenching your teeth you are almost certainly contracting and tensing your pelvic floor muscles.
Listen to what the midwife is telling you to do – if necessary your partner can often help by relaying information.
Lots of people find it exciting or reassuring to realise that their baby is very nearly there – you can feel your baby’s head crowning by reaching down with your hands, or use a mirror to watch. labour induction cairns
At the very moment of birth you do not need to push any more – the midwife will tell you to pant so that you stop pushing and the baby’s head is ease out very slowly. It may take a second contraction for his body to be delivered. Don’t worry because during this time he is still receiving oxygen via the umbilical cord – he does not need to get oxygen by breathing air in through his lungs until the cord is cut. labour induction cairns
That marvellous moment – your baby is there and the birth is over. In your excitement at greeting him/her do not forget to help the midwife to deliver the placenta. She will probably ask you to push while she gently pulls on the umbilical cord to ease it out.
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