7 Household Objects for Comfort in Labor
Whether you're planning to have a natural birth, all the pain meds, something in-between, or a planned c-section, these 10 items can help make you more comfortable & relaxed during your birth, without a huge investment! Most of what you need is probably already in your home.
1. Tennis Balls
Tennis Balls are an excellent tool for massage & counter-pressure during labor. You can roll them under your feet, squeeze them during contractions, roll them along the tops of your thighs, or have a partner roll them on your lower back for some counter-pressure during a contraction.
2. Sock filled with Brown Rice
Take any tall, comfy sock & fill it about 3/4 of the way with brown or wild rice (white rice works too, but the smell of a more hearty rice can be comforting). Tie a knot at the top of the sock, stick it in the microwave for 30-45 seconds, and put it on your neck or lower back to soothe aching muscles! If you like, you can also add a few drops of essential oils to the rice for added comfort.
Take a washcloth or dish towel, get it slightly damp, and stick it in the freezer for about 5-10 minutes. This can feel great to put on your neck, lower back, or forehead.
That's right, sometimes sitting on the toilet can be a great place to labor! Not only can you pee whenever you want to, but we're also used to relaxing our bottoms on the toilet, which is exactly what your body needs to do during labor. Try sitting backwards with a towel or blanket over the tank of the toilet and resting your upper body.
Your bathtub can be a great place to hang out during early labor if you need some rest, or even later on in labor if the contractions are starting to feel intense. Make sure to consult with your care provider about this first though, because sometimes getting in the bath can slow down contractions. I also like putting a few drops of lavender essential oil in the bath for added relaxation.
6. Olive Oil
Massages from your birth partner will feel amazing & necessary during labor for a lot of women, and adding a little oil can make it that much better. Grab some olive oil from the kitchen, or you can also use coconut oil, lotion, or even hair conditioner if you're in the tub.
A spoonful of honey can be a great energy-booster! Sticks of honey are also great & convenient for bringing to the hospital.