Pain relief – what did you have in labour?

Pain relief in labour is a much-discussed subject. Too little and it’s hard to cope – too much and you can feel you didn’t know what was going on, and the progression of your delivery can suffer. Which camp are you in when it comes to easing the pain of childbirth?



Some women are very much in the, ‘Just drug me up and get the baby out’ camp. Was that you – or are you planning to have as much pain relief as you can when you have your baby? There’s a lot to be said for it. Gas and air can take the edge off, diamorphine (or pethidine) can relax you and make it easier to get through a long labour, while an epidural will ease your contractions completely, even allowing you to snooze while your labour progresses. What did you have – and did it help?



Are you an advocate of natural pain relief? These days there are plenty of methods to choose from. You might want to kick off with some essential oils, homeopathic remedies or herbal teas. Then a TENS machine, which uses tiny electrical currents to divert pain in early labour. As things move on, hypnotherapy techniques can really help make contractions easier to cope with, while being in water will ease pain and often make delivery time shorter. Did you use any of these natural pain relief methods? Let us know in the comments below.



Some women on the other hand, find themselves giving birth with no pain relief whatsoever. A lot of them time this is because their babies arrive quickly or unexpectedly. Did that happen to you? However, some mums to be think to themselves – women have been doing this for thousands of years, how hard can it be? Well, the answer is, pretty tricky, so if you’ve done it with no help whatsoever, we take our hats off to you!


Were you a drug friend or did you choose natural pain relief? Or did you go it alone? We want to hear your stories, so let us know in the comments below!

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