Changing positions

Moving about freely during labor allows you to find the most comfortable positions. So, if possible, change positions frequently, experimenting to find the ones most comfortable for you.

Changing positions during labor is actually a natural method of pain relief. Moving helps improve your circulation. It can also help distract you from the pain. It may even help a slow labor progress.

Try a new position whenever you feel like it, and if it's possible, throughout your labor. For example, you may want to try standing and leaning on your labor coach or getting on all fours while your labor coach massages your back. You may find it helpful to lean on a chair, bed or pillows for support. If you need help finding a comfortable position, ask your health care team to suggest positions for you to try.

Some women find that rhythmic movements, such as rocking in a rocking chair or rocking back and forth on their hands and knees, can be soothing and a distraction from pain.

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