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14 Ways to manage labour pain naturally

14 Ways to manage labour pain naturally

As you count down the days to your due date, no doubt you'll be thinking about the birth and how you'll cope with the pain. Everyone's tolerance to pain is different, and as such our need for pain relief will vary. Remember you may have many hours in labour and if your goal is a natural, drug-free birth then you'll want to be prepared with a range of tools and techniques to help you through.   In this e-book we've described 14 ways to manage pain naturally during labour. Read e-book

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Burn Baby Burn - suffering from heartburn during pregnancy?

heartburn indigestion Pregnancy reflux

Burn Baby Burn - suffering from heartburn during pregnancy?

Aaarrggghh…. that burning sensation in your chest and throat when you’ve eaten the wrong thing during pregnancy. In fact, sometimes it seems everything you eat is giving you heartburn. Steering well clear of some foods can help. BEST to AVOID: Fizzy drinks – bubbles expand your stomach creating more pressure. High-fat foods – avoid hot chips, pizza, takeaways, pastry, deep-fried foods Spicy foods – avoid curry, chilli, garlic, onions Tomatoes – avoid tomato soup, marinara sauces and fresh tomato Citrus fruit - oranges, mandarins have high acidity levels Mint – peppermint is an acid reflux trigger Chocolate – too much...

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12 Top Tips to get the most out of your TENS machine

12 Top Tips to get the most out of your TENS machine

When you receive your TENS machine, try it out. Read through the instructions, check the contents and apply the sticky electrode pads to your forearm (or your partners) and make sure everything is working as it should. Make sure you and your Birth Partner understand how the TENS The last thing you need is your partner reading through instructions while you need his/her help. Ensure your Birth Partner knows where to place the electrodes on your back. Place two of the pads on either side of your spine, with the tops of the pads at about bra-strap level. Place the...

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My experience with TENS during labour

My experience with TENS during labour

Mercedes had her baby last month. Here she shares how her labour developed and how TENS helped her through. Thanks for sharing Mercedes. I'd like to provide some feedback on my experience with the TENS machine. It was truly a blessing having the machine. I had a relatively quick labour given it was my first baby (first contraction was at 4:30pm and baby was born at 10:46pm) I was very relaxed when the first contractions started - went for a walk with the dog then on to Countdown to get some snacks (all while having contractions - very close together). During...

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14 Ways to Manage Labour Pain Naturally

As you count down the days to your due date, no doubt you'll be thinking about the birth and how you'll cope with the pain. Everyone's tolerance to pain is different, and as such our need for pain relief will vary. Remember you may have many hours in labour and if your goal is a natural, drug-free birth then you'll want to be prepared with a range of tools and techniques to help you through. We’ve listed 14 natural pain relief options to help you through labour. TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation)   TENS is one of the safest, most effective...

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