Birth Stories: Natural Pain Relief

For her second delivery, Christine decided to use various methods of natural pain relief instead of an epidural. Get her tips on how to give birth drug-free.

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-My first birth was a surprise. We had-- We were five weeks early and he went 40 weeks. My water broke on my due date instead of five weeks early, which for me seems like I was overdue. About 7:45 in the evening, I told my husband and he's like, oh my god, we gotta go 'cause it was so quick the first time. He was worried that we wouldn't make it to the house to get number two out. The two things I did with my second that I didn't do with my first, I really didn't really have as much time with my first, is I took a shower at the hospital, a really hot shower which helped a lot. It makes you just feel better. It makes your back feel better and I used the yoga ball. I sat on that and bounced around-- like bounced on that for like at least 45 minutes and it really relieves the pain in your back. I thought I was going to go naturally, but I didn't necessarily make that decision until I was there. I kind of knew that I had to keep an open mind one way or the other because you just don't know what's gonna happen and how you're gonna feel. Because I didn't have any contractions until my water broke, I didn't have an epidural. It seemed like it might not be necessary, so I didn't go for it. And by the time I thought I might need it, it was time to push. The nurse told me that I pushed for about 12 minutes, but I think it might have been longer than that. He was born at 2:57 a.m. on September 8th. I would say to every mom to trust your instinct about what's best for your baby. Don't let everybody tell you what they did and make it about them. It's about you and what's best for you.

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