Are you pregnant, and feeling stressed about going through labor? You’re normal. Most pregnant women are apprehensive, if not outright fearful about contractions, especially about active labor, when contractions become more intense. On the positive end, thankfully there are many ways to reduce the feeling of the contractions, making labor much easier for women to handle. One of the most effective ways to ease contractions is by using water.
Here’s the low-down on how to use water to help you during the birth process.
Why Water Helps During Labor
There are several reasons why water helps you during labor, as follows:
a) Temperature. If the temperature is too high, and is applied to the uterus, it could lead to a hemorrhage. Rule of thumb is no hotter than a normal hot shower, however, ask your doctor about the recommended water temperature. And in any case, practically speaking, you don’t want to burn yourself – seriously, who needs another thing to handle while you’re in labor?
b) Second Birth and Beyond. Warm, flowing water can speed up a labor. Read: Getting into the shower might mean you give birth in the shower, especially for 2nd births and beyond. Therefore, you might want to stick with just hot water bottles until you get to the hospital or birth center.
Now that you know about the benefits of water during labor, plan ahead when packing your bag for the hospital or birth center. Include hot water bottles, bottled drinks, straws, tea bags, and disposable hot-drink cups. Be sure to bring shower shoes, and your support team (partner, doula, etc.) might even wish to bring a swimsuit in order to get right in there with you!
We wish you the easiest possible birth process. If using the above tips about using water during labor can help you, all the better. After all, your baby’s surrounded with water during the entire pregnancy, so by using water to birth your baby, you might even be reenacting a bit of the womb for yourself.