(HealthDay News) -- Pain is a virtual certainty during childbirth, but there are ways to ease the discomfort without medication.
The womenshealth.gov website mentions these no-medication possibilities:
- Practicing relaxation and breathing techniques.
- Relaxing in a warm shower or bath, or getting a gentle massage.
- Receiving hot and cold therapy, including placing a cool washcloth on the forehead or a heating pad on the lower back.
- Seeking the care and support of a doula, nurse or loved one.
- Trying various positions to get more comfortable, from crouching to walking.
- Listening to soothing music.
- Using a labor ball.
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