In this stage of labor, contractions are the earliest sign that labor will soon arrive. Contraction it starts at the top of the uterus and leads to the birth canal. The condition of the contraction will be longer and stronger and the distance will be shorter between one contraction and another. The signs are the discharge mixed with blood that comes out of the birth canal. Which is this condition is accompanied by pain that lasts long enough until delivery arrives.
Some pregnant women who are about to give birth, some of them are able to withstand the pain until the opening of the birth canal is wide enough. However, there are also pregnant women who cannot stand the pain that they cause even when the opening of the birth canal has not appeared. (Also read: Preparation for childbirth)
So why can labor pains arise?
Pain during childbirth can be triggered due to several factors such as:
- Stretching of the birth canal, vagina neck and surrounding soft tissue.
- The existence of a movement of uterine contractions that causes the muscles of the uterine wall to contract, so that the onset of pain cannot be avoided. The shrinkage of the uterine muscles is caused by hormonal changes during pregnancy.
- The psychological state of the mother who is constantly anxious, afraid and tense in response to stress can trigger an increase in pain.
Well, to fix this we consider the following:
- Compress the mother’s lower back using lukewarm water between contractions. Which this action aims to widen and accelerate blood circulation, so that pain can be reduced.
- Try to divert attention so that the mother does not focus on the pain you feel, such as singing or talking when the pain occurs. Especially if the mother is a Muslim mother can do dhikr or tasbih to relieve pain. It’s just that it doesn’t need to be too hard so that the mother doesn’t waste too much energy.
- Urinate as often as possible. It’s just that this of course must be balanced with fluid intake into the mother’s body. Urinating can help the baby’s head slide properly into the pelvic floor and keep the rhythm of labor contractions in check.
- Ask your family or husband to massage your lower back. Use a gentle, soothing aromatherapy oil to massage your lower back as a lubricant. However, if you don’t get aromatherapy oils, you can replace them with body lotions or mother’s lotions.
- Maintain an upright punggu position, whether standing, sitting or in any other position. It is intended that the baby’s head remains in the cervix properly so that the contractions that occur are stronger and more effective.
- Make good breath control. Usually before delivery, the mother feels so panicked and has difficulty controlling her breath properly. But do you know that a better regulated breath will be able to reduce the pain that you feel? For that, try to reduce panic and control your mother’s breath. (Baca: Come on, pregnant women practice breathing )
These are some of the ways to deal with temporary pain maternity. Pain that can be minimized during childbirth will certainly reduce and ease the burden of maternal pain during childbirth. Hopefully it is useful and safe through labor, hopefully it will run smoothly.