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How to Handle Pregnancy Pain Naturally

Updated on September 25, 2007

You don't need drugs to deal with the aches and pains.

Pregnancy is a wonderful part of life, but it does come with new aches, pains, and stress to your body. Women around the world have found ways to relieve these symptoms without using drugs or pain medication.

While there are many alternative methods, I still recommend that you communicate with your doctor about everything you want or decide to do during your pregnancy.

Massage, Massage, Massage!

What better time to pamper yourself than during pregnancy? Massage therapy can do a lot to destress you, as well as relieve some of the sympoms and pains you may be experiencing while pregnant.

It is important to let the massuese know you are pregnant because there are significantly different techniques between regular and prenatal massages.

If you can't make it in to see a massage therapist as often as you would like, let your partner massage you. You can lie on your side while your partner gently massages you.

One note: Many say a foot massage is perfectly safe during pregnancy, but some massage therapists advise against it, as the pressure points in your feet could induce labor.

Yoga, Baby!

Yoga can be a wonderful way to relieve stress during pregnancy. While pregnant, it is important to find yoga classes specifically designed for pregnant women. Not only are the moves and techniques different when you are pregnant, but it is also a great opportunity to share your experiences with other pregnant women.

If there aren't classes in your area, there are tapes and dvds available as reference.

You'll find that yoga designed for pregnant women will guide you through exercises that strengthen and stretch the areas of your body that feel additional stress. At the same time, other exercises that could do more harm than good, such as the downward dog, during pregnancy are eliminated.

The Sweet Scent of Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy can be incredibly useful when it comes to dealing with many uncomfortable pregnancy symptoms. However, it is important to use it correctly. I recommend the reading following article if you are interested in using aromatherapy for your pregnancy symptoms.

Mindful Meditation & Deep Breathing

Meditation is a useful tool for anyone, but it can be exceptionally helpful when pregnant. Not only is your body going through a lot of changes, but you are also changing emotionally. Meditation can allow you the opportunity to relax your emotions and thoughts. This, in turn, will help your body relax physically.

There are a lot of wonderful books and cds with tips and methods for meditation. It is also possible to find experts and classes in your community. Combining meditation with yoga is also a popular, and effective, choice.

The best part about meditating is that you can do it anywhere, as long as you can focus. Try it in the bathtub, in a darkened room lit by candles, or even with a few deep breaths at your desk.

Focusing on your breathing will help calm your body, and often your racing mind.

Enjoy Your Pregnancy!

Above all, you should enjoy your pregnancy. This is a time when you should feel comfortable and at ease with your body. By finding natural ways to soothe your pregnancy symptoms, you are allowing yourself to experience a healthier pregnancy.


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      Lisa Bryant 9 years ago from Bellingham, WA / Portland, OR

      Thanks for the great article! You might also want to check out an excellent film, "The Business of Being Born" if you haven't already. It has a lot of useful information about options for childbirth methods and identifies pregnancy and childbirth as a coming of age process that should not be masked by drugs.

      And in response to Isabella: my impression is that cesarean sections are the most painful option for childbirth. Recovery time is 6 weeks and is major surgery, and was intended for emergencies only.

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      Kit 10 years ago

      Isabella, are you under some impression that c-sections (major abdominal surgery) don't have any pain associated with them? You may want to rethink this...

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      Isabella Snow 10 years ago

      Omigod I don't even want to think about pain and pregnancy.. I'm all about the C-section if I ever get preggers. ;)