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  1. I love that at the end you stressed that every labor is different. My first son was a very painful labor and I got an epidural with my other two children it was relatively painless! Thanks for this

    1. Yes! Every labor is so different. My first labor was very painful as well! I got an epidural with my first but ended up going unmedicated with my second. It’s different for everyone!

  2. Blessedstressedcaffeinatedmomma says:

    Every pregnant woman needs to read this! Very helpful.

  3. It was definitely the most painful thing I went through! Hopefully, next time I will be less fearful!

  4. Labour is no joke. One of the realest things to ever experienced and this list is spot on.

  5. This was SO helpful! I’m definitely pinning this – one of the most comprehensive posts I’ve seen! We’re expecting in February and they’re thinking that I can’t have an epidural, so I’m starting to research ways to manage pain naturally! Thanks for all these tips!!

    1. You are very welcome! You can totally do this, Nicole! Congrats on your pregnancy!

  6. I just found out this morning that I’m pregnant for the 2nd time but it feels like the first. I need a refresher course.

  7. 6 time mama here, I had 5 at home and the last in the hospital. You’ve put together a very conclusive list here! Relaxation is probably one of the harder things to do during labor but it makes all the difference.

  8. Thanks so much for the Rebozo video on YouTube. This is a great article with amazing resources!!

  9. Breathing and counter pressure helped me the most with my natural birth. But the being prepared and having a plan is SUPER important!

    1. Yes! Counter pressure was essential for my natural birth as well!

  10. These are great tips! I have two kids but have technically never been on labor due to emergency situations. This is a really complete guide to help with labor.

  11. Great list and tips! Even with an epidural there is pain so these definitely help.

  12. This is great information for new as well as not so new mums. I would be good if this info was given to newly pregnant parents as a preparation tool for their birth plan.

    1. I agree! I wish women were more prepared by their providers.

  13. These are great suggestions to manage labor pains. Walking really me and breathing techniques.

  14. These tips are so helpful. I wish I read this before i have my daughter. Cause the struggle lol. But, once I found my self is a semi-comfortable position where I could truly focus on my breathing and relaxing. My labor pains didn’t hurt as bad as before. Giving birth is definitely mind over matter. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Totally mind over matter! Once I found my position, everything changed for me too!

  15. Reading this post makes me remember my birthing journey. What a sigh of relief. I can’t believe I’ve overcome the pain, especially the labour.

  16. Thank you for the great info. I had a c section but I heard a lot of horror stories about natural labor.

    1. It’s not as bad as some of the horror stories you’ve heard, I’m sure! But You are welcome!

  17. Counter pressure was a HUGE one for me with both of my births. My husband digging into my lower back with his knuckles felt like heaven. He even said his hands were a little sore for a few days. Worth it!

  18. These are great! Baby #5 is expected to arrive in April and I better get ready. I always need to think back and remember the ways to ease labor pains. A rebozo is something new to me! I’ll have to look into that one. Thanks!

  19. Such interesting and helpful tips! Definitely will keep these in mind for my pregnant friends!

  20. Very helpful list. I had a hard time with both pregnancies moving around and changing positions. Despite what the midwife said I was not in the mood to move ha. But it does help. I will definitely keep this list in mind should we have another!

    1. Thanks, Ashley! I have heard so many mamas say that they didn’t want to move too. But once they get into a different position, they often find that they are glad that they did!

  21. Hello my name is Macey, this post is very insightful and just what I needed. I’m 30 weeks and already dilated to a 1 doctors sent me home, but the back pain I’ve had for the last 48hours feels like I’m going into labor after reading this post and trying the techniques my back feels so much better.
    This post is amazing.

    1. Thank you so much, Macey! I’m so excited that I could help you out! Good luck in your upcoming delivery!

  22. I’m so glad I found your site! I’m pregnant with my 5th and am really wanting an unmedicated birth. With my first 2 I was laboring for a long time, given pitocin and then begged for an epidural. The next 2 were twins and ended in a c-section. And even after all those different experiences, I still have learned a ton just browsing your site. So thank you!

    1. You’re very welcome! I’m rooting for you! You can totally do it!

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