Coping With Labor Without Medication: How Hard Is It?

It sounds intimidating, but you can make it through labor without trauma or medication. Image by Decoded Pregnancy

It sounds intimidating, but you can make it through labor without trauma or medication. Image by Decoded Pregnancy

Many women want to hold off on pain medications, or avoid them entirely during their labor; for most women it is very possible. Oxytocin, the hormone that produces contractions, is the same hormone that produces feel good feelings. This means that the stronger your contractions become, naturally, the more feel-good we get!

However, there are many other ways that you can cope with labor in addition to natural hormone relief – or standard medications.

Alternatives to Medication in Labor

If you don’t want to rely on medications while you’re in labor, you do have other options.

Have a dedicated labor support person – Often in the form of a hired Labor Doula, this constant support from another woman has been shown in study after study to help improve a woman’s outlook on her birth experience.

Find a comfortable position – Using a birthing ball, having the option to move freely during labor, and being encouraged to adopt active laboring positions can increase speed of labor and decrease pain levels.


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Massage and physical touch – Physical, supportive touch often releases endorphins and this gentle massage is especially appreciated during labor. There are many benefits to using massage during labor, and pain relief is key for many pregnant women.

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