You must be suffering from the proverbial nightmares thinking about your helplessness when your partner is suffering intense pain and discomfort during labor. But, there is always something you can do to help her and relieve her pain.
Here are some tips to help you comfort your partner when she is giving birth.
Keep her relaxed
Easier said than done, you might say. Yes, it’s difficult, but you can try to keep her relaxed. Don’t let her cries of pain get to you. Your focus should be on calming her mind. You can do this by massaging her face, which can help release, some of the built up stress. Keep talking to her throughout, it really does not matter what you say. All she needs to know is that you are there right beside her and supporting her.
Remind her about the essentials
There are some important things that you can keep a close eye on. A woman will forget about these basics if she is in labor. One such reminder is going to the bathroom every hour. For a laboring woman, a full bladder can act as a barrier to labor. Also, a woman needs to keep drinking fluids and eating in order to build up her energy for labor, which is like a marathon. These are just some of the things that you can remind her about.
The progress of labor can be induced by changing positions. Not only does a change of position encourage labor, it can also provide relief from the pain linked to labor. There are certain positions that relieve pain, while there are others that increase pain. This is why it’s important that you must know about the various positions. Ask her doctor and also read up on the various positions suggested in pregnancy books.
In the end, it’s all about being there for her. A laboring woman is irritable, so don’t worry if she screams at you or shouts at you not to touch her. You need to be there for her and that’s what is more important. She needs to feel your presence and verbal encouragement.