Q:

What techniques did you use to get through the pain of contractions?

  • Amanda says:
    Warm bath, birthing ball, rice sock, walking, rocking, swaying, deep breating, massage, jacuzzi

  • Felicia says:
    nothin, just breathing i guess..lol

  • Sara says:
    breathing

  • Rachael says:
    closed my eyes, focused completely on my breathing, got in the shower

  • Cathi says:
    breathing...and I had to move. Every time I had a contraction I had to get up and move around.

  • Georgina says:
    epidural after 11 hours, were getting sharper and hurting more ::( just wanted to relax!! then had gas and air near the end when they wouldnt top my epidural up

  • Jessica says:
    Breathing. Sleeping.

  • jolene says:
    just breathing since i couldn't get out of bed due to high blood pressure and being induced. then i broke down and had an epidural when they just wouldn't give me a break between them.

  • donel says:
    just screamed the pain was to much

  • Kayla says:
    Jump off the bed and hold on to someone.....or look at his pic and get mad haha

  • Tiffany says:
    Relaxation and using the shower

  • Lisa says:
    Lamaze breathing techniques

  • Cheryl says:
    none just grined and beared the pain

  • Jennifer says:
    With Grace's labor (the first 30 hours were unmedicated), I tried a ton of things! Pelvic tilts, sitting backwards on a chair and getting counterpressure applied, massage, heat (hot shower applied directly to my back while doing pelvic tilts lol), relaxation, labor dancing, focused breathing, and on and on................. With Michael? I pretty much moaned and groaned through it all, yelled loudly and got pretty spiritual (It is so mortifying to listen to the video of it now... "LORD! OPEN UP MY CERVIX!!!!!!"), sat on the toilet to let gravity do it's thing..... I hated the feeling on water both times so no waterbirth for me!

  • Emily says:
    I did a lot of breathing and used water to my advantage (i.e. standing or sitting in the shower, sitting in the birthing tub.).

  • Yolandie says:
    Breathing

  • Toni says:
    Breathing, listening to music on an mp3, walking around my room, nice warm shower and then into a bath (before I went to a birthing chair)

  • Bec says:
    Lots of breathing and trying not to think of the pain

  • Crystal says:
    Lots of hot showers & Gas

  • Kelli-Marie says:
    long deep breaths and gripping my partners hand

  • Jaime says:
    i kept thinking about his ultrasound and his hand waving, and i breathed deep fast breaths for 15 hrs constantly, it helped sooo much

  • Michelle says:
    shot of Demerol wit gravol so I would sleep for at least 2 hours

  • Anonymous says:
    My technique was my nurse who was like Hitler. I was more afraid of her than the birth itself!

  • Veronica says:
    Just breathing and eating ice

  • Michelle says:
    Focusing on breathing and pushing down, followed the midwife

  • Lucy says:
    swearing lol

  • Christine says:
    Standing, squatting, rocking, doing the "labor dance" breathing through them and grunting.

  • Anonymous says:
    breathing, squeezing hubby tight!

  • Jenni says:
    I had a focal point, and used both deep and shallow breathing. I was determined, more than anything.

  • Diane says:
    Breathing and kept my scan pictures with me to keep me focused!!

  • Stephanii says:
    spoke to nobody (i deal with pain better by myself) and breathed lol

  • Laci says:
    Just controlling my breathing. I thought to myself "breathe in through your nose, and out through your mouth" for about 6 hours straight!

  • Lizzy says:
    just breathing

  • Courtney says:
    breathing

  • Christine says:
    breathing and focus on a point

  • Crystal says:
    Breathing, and concentration. I sing songs to myself in my head, or say phrases over and over in my head.

  • Erica says:
    breathing

  • Kristin says:
    breathing, grabbing onto and hugging nearby people/things lol

  • Carol says:
    I was very focused on my breathing. I have to say that being a long distance runner helped out alot in regards to breathing techniques but I think it might have been a bit easier because of that.

  • Teanna says:
    my mom rubbed my backk! =))

  • Tahlia says:
    epidural

  • Gina says:
    Balance Ball, Music, Meditation

  • Gareth says:
    Squeezing the shit out of Mumsie and screaming....

  • Emma says:
    i didnt i just pushed when i felt i needed to

  • Andrea says:
    I sang and applied lip gloss

  • Janet says:
    Slow breathing

  • Marti says:
    My mama's cold hands on my face helped tremendously. And my amazing husband helped me position with pillows

  • janah says:
    just showers

  • Lynne says:
    Breathing was the only thing I could think of. I was vomiting a lot so I took the morphine and gravol. it got me through the rest.

  • Lisa says:
    drugs

  • Christine says:
    breathing

  • Carrissa says:
    standing, rocking, ball

  • Debbie says:
    GAS!!!!!, shower, rocking

  • Anonymous says:
    Walking around and concentrating

  • Melinda says:
    breathing, gas, epidural

  • Nadia says:
    Gas and lots of screaming. Lots and lots of screaming

  • Bonnie says:
    Scream the highest pitch scream I have ever heard. Hurt my ears. And squeezed Ron’s hand has hard as I could to have something to focus on and to make sure he felt pain.

  • Memory says:
    well lets see, puking, crying, yelling, telling everyone "I'm pushing, damn it" as they say "push, push, push. Sheesh, can't you see that I am pushing like crazy.

  • Paula says:
    Kieran: rocking, bath, zoning out.. Paige: bath, gas,

  • Melissa says:
    breathing we learned in lamaze

  • Ukiah says:
    breathing

  • Nicola says:
    deep breathing and ricking

  • Jade says:
    just gas and air really the diamorphine dint get chance to kick in still i had my stiches hahaha

  • Kristie-lee says:

  • Psaltis says:
    Mostly breathing techniques and definitely the warm pool.

  • Emma-Leigh says:
    For my first I swore by hot nappies. For my second I walked and walked. For my third I hung off my poor hubby (lucky he's a sturdy lad!). For my fourth I did toning which was amazing.

  • Tiffany says:
    walking around, and showers

  • Anonymous says:
    shower, walking around, and just breathing through them

  • brooke coghlan says:
    caity - gas, but didnt work Peyton - shower and breathing, didnt help though

  • danielle says:
    breathing and gas, then when that failed the eppi! i had nothing during the pushing tho

  • Aleisha says:
    At first, bath. Then gas andthen epi. Id got to passout point by only 5cm bcoz they had been coming every 60seconds and lasting 90seconds already!!!

  • Natalie says:
    I used a heat pack and massage, I wanted to use the shower/bath but there was no time

  • Katherine says:
    breathing and hotpack

  • Clancy says:
    hot showers then EPI!!

  • Libby says:
    Breathing and I had Gas and Air

  • Heather says:
    um, I guess breathing and praying to God to help me through

  • Kirsty says:
    Gas and Air

  • KAYLEE says:
    GAS AND AIR

  • Jo Anna says:
    Techniques? That's a joke

  • Anonymous says:
    Tried to breath and scream

  • Cassie says:
    With Sara, I had an epidural that wore off twice than breathing. With Michelle, I tried breathing than an epidural.

  • natasha says:
    none

  • Anonymous says:
    None. I forgot how to breath

  • Anonymous says:
    I had no pain never felt a contraction

  • donna says:
    none

  • Kris says:
    breathing...then had an epidural

  • kris says:
    walking round for a bit the gave into an epidural.

  • kirsty says:
    with my 1st gas and air, with my second i had nothing at all

  • jess says:
    going off at midwifes, when u have c.t.g straps attached 2 u u cant really move!! NEVWER HAVE A STUDENT MIDWIFE!!

  • Victoria says:
    I kept having hot showers before i went to the hospital but when i got there i swore so so so mush the midwife told me off! Oh and i bit darren lmao!! NO DRUGS!!

  • Jessica says:
    Its called an epidural! Ha HA

  • Alyson says:
    breathing

  • Brigette says:
    deep breathing....

  • Anna says:
    epidural then i felt nothing

  • Stacey says:
    Breathing.

  • sara-jayne says:
    breathing, walking, rocking.

  • Lisa says:
    Walking, breathing, shower, stupid bouncy ball. And none of it helped. Imagine that.

  • Kimberley says:
    Breathing and being in water

  • Stephanie says:
    breathing people rubbing my back and hips

  • Nikita - Jayne says:
    My contractions were only painful when i was fully dilated.

  • Liz says:
    umm...breathing and staring at the light on the ceiling

  • Nikki says:
    breathing and knowing the baby was coming soon

  • Jennifer says:
    breathing.. and eion

  • rachael says:
    rocking on the birthing ball, breathing, massage and counter pressure on my back, getting in the shower and letting the hot water hit my back (with the last birth)

  • Anonymous says:
    A lot of rocking, getting in the shower, and a little bit of the birthing ball

  • Anonymous says:
    Hot Hot heating pad and hot hot wash clothes

  • Kendall says:
    I didn't have pain with my contractions for the first two. With #3 I had a small dose of pitocin and those were a bit painful, but I didn't really use any techniques, just remembering to breath!

  • Anonymous says:
    Breathing, gentle massage, focused relaxation, soft music

  • Anonymous says:
    relaxation, others stroking my arms and legs, birth b,all beside the bed, walking, regular deep breaths (in your nose out of your mouth kinda thing).

  • Jacquelin says:
    Breathing and talking through it

  • allison says:
    suck it up and don't forget to breath

  • jenny says:
    breathing

  • Melissa says:
    breathing slowly

  • Katie says:
    Relaxing, breathing

  • Meredith says:
    Deep breathing, focusing inwardly

  • Lauren says:
    Breathing! Praying! Walking and holding my husbands hand.

  • Linda says:
    breathing

  • Shannon says:
    I had a water birth with Gideon, and the water was amazing in progressing my labor and managing pain. I also closed my eyes and kept focusing on each contraction. I breathed through my contractions and tried to not fight my body. I anticipate another water birth with Silas and using hypnobirthing techniques.

  • Kirsty says:
    ohh god, umm breathing.. the shower was a massive help

  • teagan says:
    i didnt do the classes and even if i did i cant remember much while i was in labor all i know was it was painfull...LOL

  • Josie says:
    Jaccuzi and finally a little Demerol... that was about the closest to an epidural I had gotten.

  • Mandy says:
    um walk around and talk

  • Zara Louise says:
    Breath and biting the gas and air mouth piece

  • Zoe says:
    A Bath

  • Anonymous says:
    breathing, listening to jake and his mom count & yell at me to push

  • Sheree says:
    Just breathing deep and getting my mum or hubby to fan me

  • Crystal says:
    nothing was hooked to monitors so couldnt get outta bed, jsut breathed thru and used gas :)

  • karla says:
    Hugged my Pillow

  • Amanda says:
    back rub and breathing

  • Lisa says:
    breathing, massage, bath

  • Melva says:
    breathing and dancing

  • Anonymous says:
    swearing

  • Samantha says:
    I honestly don't remember using anything.....the drugs in the IV didn't work....I cried.....

  • Cheryl says:
    Just remembered that it would be over in a short time and I'd have my baby to show for it. Plus millions of women have done it already and they survived!

  • Leanne says:
    I squeezed damiens hand, and relaxed in a bath for most of the time

  • April says:
    Nothing, there was hardly any pain.

  • Kristie says:
    just breathed steady and walked round

  • sandy-lee says:
    hot shower on my back,hot hot bath and the gas

  • Desiree says:
    Deep Deep breaths n the hot shower running with kent(partner) was massaging my back!!! Tried the gas but made me sick!!

  • toni says:
    bath, breathing and having my partner and midwife rub my back

  • Vanessa says:
    tried the bath but couldn't sit down. swearing help abit lol

  • Cristie says:
    Water birth! It helps!

  • Krystal says:
    breathing heaps an wet face washers

  • Kimberley says:
    breathing

  • Samantha says:
    I used the gas to help me concentrate on my breathing because i was hyperventilating

  • tegan says:
    nothing

  • Belinda says:
    squeezing hands lol

  • Kayla says:
    Breathing, Gas

  • Patrice says:
    Gas, gas and more gas then pethidine.

  • Sally says:
    I was sitting on an exercise ball which i found great, and I also used gas at the end.

  • Kayleigh says:
    I had an epidural

  • Heather says:
    No real techniques. It's easy to get through when there isn't any other choice.

  • Hollie says:
    breathing

  • Gemma says:
    just breathe

  • Christina says:
    Breathing

  • Julie says:
    Breathing, counting, hypnobirthing affirmations and hot water. The shower was my saviour.

  • Priscilla says:
    A little Gas and a little hot water and Jelly Beans (what they arent pain relief pills?)

  • Bridget says:
    Gas and more gas (is that classed as natural?) and the shower I sat in the shower for about 4 hours on an excercise ball!!

  • Pixi says:
    Meditation, breathing, affirmations and counting. Loved the shower. I was in there for a least 8 hours.

  • Krystle says:
    Breathing, Shower and bouncing on the ball. Unfortunately I was induced and ended up getting an epidural as the intensity of the contractions being brought on was too much.

  • Pamela says:
    Breathing and walking

  • deborah says:
    kept calm and kept my ears and eyes on my husband and my mom

  • Nicole says:
    first labor- epidural, Demerol, birthing tub...2nd labor- no drugs at all, birthing tub

  • Fina says:
    I didn't find my contractions painful

  • Laura says:
    Really none. I did not "breathe" the way I learned in class. I truly felt "silly" about the "panting", so I took deep breaths when needed or when I was advised to. Holding a hand (Mom or Greg), squeezing a hand or squeezing the bed rail helped. Crying was something that came with the later contractions.

  • India says:
    I yelled a lot and tried to control my breathing

  • Sara says:
    distractions

  • Kara says:
    The bathtub

  • Roxanne says:
    I had an epidural for the contractions, but had it turned off to birth

  • Maria D. says:
    i cried and breathed slowly

  • Kaylee says:
    I breathed through them

  • Nicole says:
    breathing on my own, the support of my best friend and my boyfriend and finally and epidural.

  • Laura says:
    Breathing and support

  • Shona says:
    yoga moves

  • DEBBIE says:
    breathing and walking

  • Claire says:
    just breathing

  • Justina says:
    Epidural.. :-)

  • Lynette says:
    Breathing and head to toe relaxation

  • miranda says:
    Epidural all the way!!

  • Miki says:
    None

  • Jasmine says:
    pethadine

  • melissa says:
    I just held my husbands hand and did the hee hee who one.

  • Dahlia says:
    Drink a lot of water...it calm me

  • Lexie says:
    None. I read some stuff, but forgot it all when the time came. I preferred moaning (screaming near the end).

  • Denise says:
    breathing

  • Rebecca says:
    Breathing and screaming.

  • Trinity says:
    Breathing

  • Rhonda says:
    breathing, mostly....

  • Kristina says:
    Breath awareness, centering

  • Rozan says:
    walking and breathing, sipping on small amounts of water

  • Atasha says:
    Simple breathing

  • Winnie Takyiwah says:
    breathing and my hubby's support

  • Jessica says:
    breathing and imaging getting a pepsi when it is all over

  • Brittany says:
    Just breathing and concentrating on one thing.

  • Alynne says:
    Breathing and Birthing Pool

  • Cylie says:
    epidural

  • CARMEN says:
    BREATHING AND LOTS OF PRAYER

  • Helen says:
    gas and air

  • Jemma louise says:
    i started of using gas ad air but i was being sick with every contraction so they told me 2 stop and advised epidural 4 my high blood pressure so after much struggle trying to convince me i gave in!

  • Shannon says:
    Breathing, crying, screaming, jacuzzi.

  • becki says:
    gas and air

  • Emily says:
    walking, breathing, holding a loved ones hand

  • Mandy says:
    1st two kids epideral 3rd all natural 4th not sure what we're doing yet natural if possible

  • tara says:
    breathing through it, laying down and also the bath tub and whirlpool at the hospital

  • Heather says:
    i breathed a lil bit

  • Jessica says:
    Breathing

  • Shidee says:
    breathing

  • teoni says:
    on bed, rocking on all 4s, then that lovely thing call gas

  • dawn marie says:
    breathing the gas and having a laugh with midwife

  • Lauren says:
    lots of squeezing stress ball

  • Pj says:
    breathing and focusing on an object

  • Anonymous says:
    Changing positions and listening to my body for cues, Breathing heavy, TENS machine

  • SIMONA says:
    walkin around

  • Marina says:
    with my first i didnt feel them, so nothing with my second i tried breathing through them, and got pain meds in the IV, didnt help pain but helped me breath

  • melissa says:
    none

  • Alison says:
    None tried my best not to push....they told me not to so I tried to keep her in...

  • Lindsey says:
    techniques?! LOL I closed my eyes and PRAYED!!!!

  • Eden says:
    didnt really haha

  • Joey says:
    thought about breathing slowly not the pain

  • Jacqui says:
    gas and air

  • Jessica says:
    i sqeezed my mom's and hubby's hand till they were white as a ghost.

  • Brigitte says:
    No specific techniques. Breathing through the pain. And I took a really, really, really long shower! (hot water can be soooooo nice!)

  • angela says:
    breathing

  • Penelope says:
    one less contraction that i have to go thru and the closer to getting to hold my baby. closing my eyes breathing thru it and counting

  • Zoe says:
    breathing and quietly counting to myself. my mum told me to talk to my baby through my body, so i was very focused on that. Although it was very different with my first because she was premmy and i did have pain relief and it was much more hectic.

  • Jessica says:
    Nothing I tried not to think about them when they happened.

  • ADILENE says:
    RELAXATION, BREATHING EXERCISES, STUDENT NURSES HELPED WITH MASSAGES

  • Laura says:
    breathing

  • louise says:
    just get on with it

  • sue says:
    well all mine were in my back i just breathed i wasnt cryin i cud handle the pain

  • Michelle says:
    I just squeezed the bed rails as hard as I could until the contraction was gone

  • Veronica says:
    Breathing

  • Breann says:
    relaxation

  • Jennifer says:
    breathing, moaning through contreactions and screaming

  • Jamie Lee says:
    I had an aprdurle.

  • Larissa says:
    Breathing and talking =)

  • Casey says:
    I made jokes and focused on the sprinkler head on the ceiling

  • Hayley says:
    breathing

  • laura says:
    i just used gas and air with all 3 of my girls but with my 3rd i was pushing with no pain relief xx

  • Evelyn says:
    breathing

  • Heather says:
    visualization, breathing

  • nicola says:
    breathing

  • Beverly says:
    screaming at my husband LOL!!! Walking around and SQUATTING, gave me relief!!!

  • laura says:
    gas and air

  • Angie says:
    Relaxation. Concentrate on what your body is doing. It was made for this. Picture exactly what your body is working on. Focus on relaxing every single muscle in your body and concentrate on letting your uterus do all the work. I listened to music some, enjoyed a dark warm quiet room, and prayed my guts out. Make sure your breathing is normal - keep breathing like you always do - don't stop, and don't go crazy with it and end up hyperventilating.

  • Carol says:
    Just breathing

  • Trisha says:
    epideral

  • Jessica says:
    Closed My Eyes

  • Kimberly says:
    Breathing & Hot Shower

  • Teri says:
    warm showers, gas and then the epidural

  • Nichole says:
    Gritting my teeth and holding my mom's and hubby's hands. Mom kept blowing on my forehead because I got so hot.

  • Janecka says:
    none

  • natasha says:
    breathing

  • Amber says:
    Nothing until I got an Epidural, for both my girls!

  • kim says:
    screamed lol

  • Cindy Leigh says:
    Epidural

  • Lisa says:
    Breathing through them, and focusing inward (like meditation) helped me more than trying to find an external object to focus on.

  • vannessa says:
    hot showers and lower back rubs and heat packs

  • Theresa says:
    Breathing and telling myself "It'll be over soon."

  • Lisa says:
    I used a birthing tub and it was Heaven! I also breathed through each contraction and allowed my body to take over and do whatever it had to do. I relaxed my body and pictured myself opening up with each contraction. I also squeezed my husband's hand with each contraction. My goal was to put as more pressure on his hand/arm than I felt with each contraction. That way the pressure of my hand was more and the contraction felt less. (Don't worry, my hubby is a strong man!)

  • Tiffany says:
    I hired a doula and she was AMAZING! We walked, and climbed, curb walked, went to the mall, went to the movies and I paced the aisle. We used a birthing ball, a rice sock, tennis balls, and aromatherapy, and after 49 short hours(OMG) there she was!

  • shontelle says:
    screaming water breathing gas epiural

  • Lynne says:
    rocking my hips

  • Allison says:
    Pretending it wasn't hurting and if the pain was too much i used the gas.

  • Kristin says:
    Just had to deal with it..

  • Tia says:
    squeeze my husbands hand as hard as i could.

  • Michelle says:
    Slow deep breaths and a focal point.

  • SIAN says:
    breathing and shwoer running onto my back

  • Sam says:
    My contractions weren't painful. I was able to focus on other things: sitting in the birth pool, massages from my husband and doula, looking at an object, staying home as long as possible, low lights, candles, soft music, moving how/when it felt right...

  • Sarah says:
    Midwife saying breathe it away, really helped me to breath :)

  • Jasmine Dawn says:
    no technique i just kept thinking about meeting my little one to keep me going

  • Amanda says:
    layed on my left side and tried to breath.

  • Yvette says:
    breathing

  • Mariana says:
    Sucking Super C`s and walking

  • Angie says:
    Breathing

  • Elizabeth says:
    Deep slow breaths

  • Jes says:
    i would stare at one spot, concentrating.

  • Nickie says:
    wel i had contractions that bad i almost torn the towel rack of the wall so the nurse gave me some extra strenght pain killers

  • Gemma says:
    breathing, crying, telling husband off, rocking, basically anything that worked at that moment.

  • Cindy says:
    I had my ND at the house while I was in labour and she did acupuncture, massage and guided imagery and gave me homeopathic remedies.

  • Natalie says:
    Just breathe through them.

  • Nadia says:
    with my first they gave me an epidural (which did pretty much nothing) and laughing gas... but my second i tried to stay calm with slow deep breaths, i loved the excercise ball thingy, and i eventually used laughing gas and phentanol.

  • Cheyne says:
    Breathing techniques, used a Birthing Pool and also just focused on the fact that tonnes of other woman had been through so I could too.

  • APRIL says:
    Deep breathing and distracting myself

  • Courtney says:
    Breathing and taking a bath

  • katrina says:
    breathing

  • Tania says:
    um just the breathing in and out

  • Sara says:
    gas an air

  • Mandi says:
    Nothing Besides Take A Shower.

  • Justine says:
    Had my best friend rub my back and my sit in front of me since it felt best to set at the edge of the bed

  • Karla says:
    Mostly walking, swaying, and moaning.

  • vicky says:
    gas and air

  • Hannah says:
    breathing, fixed point, and mostly husband support

  • Nicole says:
    Drugs!

  • Cindy says:
    breathing

  • Brittany says:
    I squeezed my husbands hand as hard as possible and tried really really hard to not focus on the pain.

  • Krys says:
    Hypnobirthing Technique

  • Robyn says:
    Breathing

  • Judith says:
    Eye contact and body focus. It's like this: You stare into the eyes of your coach (which you need!) and listen intently on their breathing because essentially they are breathing for you. You catch on and begin the same rhythm at the same time you are centering in on the contraction and sending it away. It's a mind over matter thing, I guess. But it worked for me. One thing to remember is that you are in control over more than you think. Don't give in and forget yourself, remember the goal and focus in on it.

  • Desiree says:
    Visualizing and breathing techniques, used the shower

  • liana says:
    While at home I stood infront of the heat pump set on cold and just kept walking. Unfortunetly at the hospital I had to lye down so I just consentrated on my breathing

  • Kari says:
    breathing

  • Emma says:
    no techiniques just got on with it

  • Annie says:
    Breathing and Natural Herb with the first child

  • Jennifer says:
    hee hee hoo.. worked alot..

  • april says:
    breathing

  • Anonymous says:
    Just breathing and rocking back and forth.

  • Abby says:
    i just get breathing and just kept counting and it would eventually stop :).. "God will only give you what you can handle" best thing my sister ever told me!

  • Gina says:
    Just Gas and Air with my 1st and 2nd didnt want anything else, wanted to be as natural as possible with my 3rd, emergency C Sectin due to servere pre eclampsia.

  • Anonymous says:
    swearing, grunting, walking

  • Stacey says:
    breathing and bitting down on a cloth haha

  • Liz says:
    the usual breathing technique.

  • Misty says:
    deep breathing, listening to my husband and mother's calming words.

  • Jaleka says:
    Completely relaxing my whole body, letting it take over & just trying to be in the moment.

  • Angel says:
    breathing technigue hehe who

  • Christine says:
    I did my breathing exercises, walked around and that kind of thing. By FAR the most helpful thing was having the mindset and calm to know that my body could do it naturally.

  • Amanda says:
    counter pressure!! IT WORKS!!!

  • Stacey says:
    breathing

  • Saskia says:
    i went with what my body told me..

  • Cecilia says:
    short labor, did walking andeal with it.

  • Tuuli says:
    yoga breathing, relaxation, soothing music, counter pressure massage

  • Claire says:
    breathing and panting

  • Breanna says:
    I used a lot of my yoga training with breathing and working through pain with visualization.

  • Maranda says:
    relax

  • Titshaina says:
    breathing exercies

  • Kelly says:
    breathing

  • jazzmine says:
    breathing technique, and tried the ball

  • Tanzy says:
    i tryed everything but nothing worked so i had to have a epidural

  • Darlyn says:
    moaning and groaning if that is even a technique

  • Latasha says:
    laying on my left side and taking the pain.

  • Krystal says:
    Breathing and yelling at my boyfriend, it helped even though i felt bad for taking it out on him......

  • Claire says:
    biting myself lol i bit right through to the bone

  • Margarita says:
    there not that strong but if they hurt i jus relax and ignor them

  • Kim says:
    breathing exercizes, walking, and using an exercize ball!

  • alida says:
    trying to think of other things

  • sarah says:
    breathing through them

  • Fiona says:
    breathing and gas. And lots of screaming

  • Tiffany says:
    drugs

  • alexvina says:
    i closed my eyes & thought of my safe spot

  • Amanda says:
    Amazingly my contractions weren't painful.

  • amanda says:
    deep breathing!!!! having someone rub your tender spots helps too

  • Jessica says:
    I got the epidural so I didn't have too many contractions.

  • Charlotte says:
    nothing other then Gas and air great stuff

  • malikka says:
    i didnt have any contractions didnt even know i was ready luckly i was getting a routine checkup

  • Astrid says:
    just breathing n walking up n down and a warm bath

  • Vanessa says:
    not inhaling threw my mouth!

  • Krystle says:
    i was going to have something for the pain but it was to late

  • Chelsea says:
    epradole how ever u spell it

  • Deneen says:
    Breathing

  • Darcy Sharman says:
    Bouncing on a ball (before I was confined to the bed with a fetal heart monitor :( ), a lot of yelling. Getting through one contraction at a time rather than thinking about what was to come. I tried to walk, but had trouble even standing during the pains. I did have 'gas and air', which takes a little of the edge of the pain, but I don't think it did much.

  • Ashley says:
    breathing technique but after 7 cm dialated i took an epidural

  • Krystal says:
    breathing...epidural @ 7 cm

  • kelshotty6 says:
    took deep breaths.,sat on a yoga ball

  • Erin says:
    Deep vocal noises mainly. In the beginning the medicine ball was wonderful but once I went into transitional labor I got in the tub and rocked from side to side while moaning through contractions.

  • DA says:
    Meditation, visualization

  • tina says:
    imaging my children moving down the birth canal

  • Karissa says:
    breathing

  • samantha says:
    I just thought about getting through this contaction

  • Heather says:
    breathing and massage

  • Sophie says:
    Breathe through every contraction and keep calm and relaxed

  • Amy says:
    I didnt really use any techniques

  • Kimberly says:
    i didnt i had a really rought time with them

  • Mari says:
    gas

  • tasha says:
    breathing through it

  • Antwinette says:
    with my first i was put on bed rest for the whole labour and my second i was in the shower most of the time

  • Chelsea says:
    Breathing through the contractions and moving around

  • Freya says:
    breathing, focusing, yoga ball, walking, lastly the bath

  • Erica says:
    I tried breathing, but the pain was just too much. I also had my husband massaging my back because most of my labor pains were back pain related.

  • sini says:
    just keep breathing and of course taking the pain out of husband hands lol it was gud havin him there to message my back..

  • Leticia says:
    Tried to focus and push as hard as I could.

  • Jessica says:
    what ever the doctor told me except when she told me to look at who or who i bore a hole in the ceiling

  • Gertrude says:
    Hypnose

  • amanda says:
    breathing... and thinking of that baby coming out!!!

  • Katie says:
    teeth gritting and quiet swearing

  • amie says:
    walking around, gas and air

  • Lacey says:
    Laughter!!

  • fathima says:
    walking and then epidural

  • Bailey says:
    DOGG STYLE OR SITTING ON AN BALL

  • Sarah says:
    breathing, and focusing on the task at hand

  • Katrina says:
    Breathing and inner focus

  • Juanita says:
    There was not set Techniques just listened to the nurse as my first contractions started only once doc broke my water and then after that 30 min later my little girl was in my arms

  • Elizabeth says:
    pinching, my husband sat on my legs for a bit..

  • Marjolaine says:
    Breathing

  • Jen says:
    None

  • Bethany says:
    breathing but my labor was not very long.

  • Lisa says:
    focused on breathing, tried to stay calm and quiet.

  • Salmah says:
    Breathing

  • maryann says:
    nothing

  • Belinda Penny says:
    I was just moving around in the labour room.

  • luz says:
    holding my sister-in-laws hand & having my babys fater hold me

  • dominique says:
    breathe

  • mandy says:
    breathing and focusing on the noises i could make

  • Joanie says:
    singing

  • Karolyn says:
    medation and proper breathing...relaxed and calm

  • Anonymous says:
    breathing

  • Samantha says:
    breath an listen to my nurse

  • melissa says:
    Breathing. In through the nose, out through the mouth. And kept thinking to myself, this will be over soon, it won't last forever.

  • Erica says:
    breathing and screamin lol

  • Anonymous says:
    breathing techniques

  • sarah says:
    my partner thinks laughter cures all pain so just made me laugh through pretty much most of my labour and it really worked for me

  • Leanne says:
    Slept and had Hubby and friend rub my back

  • Gloria says:
    bit into the throw up cup, and melt ice in my hands

  • Carly says:
    Just breathed thru them. The pain really wasn't as bad as I'd heard it would be.

  • Davina says:
    Not wanting a needle near me

  • Mayra I. says:
    Tried to keep calm and hold my breath when had a contraction.

  • Lynette says:
    Prayer and Praises to God

  • Danella says:
    Breathing in and out

  • Brittany says:
    breathing and a lot of praying

  • Snezhica says:
    Breathing

  • Rachael says:
    Breathing, breathing, breathing and squeezing my partners hand

  • Bessie says:
    breathing,focusing on my mom.

  • Antoinette says:
    Breathing

  • sebrena says:
    breathing and i had some one to make me laugh even when i wanted to screem

  • Jessica says:
    I just had to think about after he was out then all the pain would be gone

  • Jennifer says:
    None?

  • charisse says:
    no techniques beind that my menstrual crampin equal the same amount of pain of contractions

  • tamara says:
    breathe

  • Joanne says:
    breathing and gas and air.

  • Jen says:
    I counted until they stopped and focused on squeezing my husband's hand

  • Louise says:
    gas and air

  • Jazmine says:
    strangling my babies daddy

  • Ana says:
    deep breathing and pushes

  • Jamie says:
    I actually watched the contraction's on the monitor and it let me know when it was going to stop. Until the next one anyway! lol I was in Labor for 38 hour's so I did this for a while! lol

  • Melissa says:
    Breathing and thinknig of my oldest daughter..... and some screaming lol

  • Aleasha says:
    I Used NONE of the techniques I was taught in class lol

  • Tanya says:
    None really I just took breath's and buried my face in a bean bag..

  • Sara says:
    Deep breathing, trying to stay relaxed, relaxing in water

  • Shara says:
    Breathing. and sqeezing my husbands hand really tight. I also had warm baths, showers. And I had a heat pack

  • Lori says:
    closed my eyes and tryed to relax

  • Rae says:
    breathing

  • georgie says:
    deep breathes

  • amber says:
    Demerol.

  • Donna says:
    being active helps

  • Brittany says:
    just breathing through it

  • Gina says:
    birthing ball, changing positions

  • Alysia says:
    for my first child it was deep concentration and breathing. for my second it was breathing.

  • Valerie says:
    None

  • Kelsey says:
    Breathing and back rubs

  • Carmita says:
    rocking back and forth.. kind of like thrusting!! sounds silly but it helped alot..and i also used the birthings ball for a bit..

  • Shannon says:
    Just did the normal breathing and cussed my head off when they got even worst ahaha

  • Shelane says:
    inward focus, prayer, breathing, sister for massage

  • Amanda says:
    Definitly deep breathing in thru the nose out thru the mouth slowly, and dont think about the pain get someone to distract you as you are breathing but DONT get them to tell you its going to be ok that made me angry lol tell them to talk about their day at work or something other than the present situation

  • Heidi says:
    Bellows and big breaths!

  • Shonda says:
    Breathing

  • Samantha says:
    breathing

  • LaNaye says:
    Lamaze, and pain meds.........

  • Chelsea says:
    Deep breaths and if possible (walking round the room)

  • Denise says:
    It was helpful to be in good shape before birthing. I walked miles every day before my births. I ate very healthy too -- no fried foods, no sugary foods. Before birthing I drank red raspberry leaf tea (herbal from the health food store) and during the birth, I tried to relax and breath deeply (easier said than done :).

  • Lynnette says:
    gas & air

  • Anonymous says:
    Focusing, vocalizing when needed, and having control of my environment ( ie: lights, noise level, people in the room, eating if I needed etc)

  • Karie says:
    epidural!

  • Rachael says:
    Breathing... and when I was delivering both times the doctors told me to yell as loud as I could, and that actually helped alot...

  • Kristine says:
    Breathing, yoga, visualization, yelling and one shot of morphine in the beginning of labour.

  • crystale says:
    breathing

  • Summer says:
    Breathing.. and staying calm. I had contractions for 16 days 1-3 min apart so I got used to them!

  • lois says:
    by walking around..

  • Lilliana says:
    breathing, walking, bath! the bath saved my life!

  • Jade says:
    I closed my eyes and took deep breaths, didn't concentrate on the pain (apparently I shook my foot every time I had a contraction).

  • Rachel says:
    Breathing

  • Joanne says:
    Distraction, deep breathing, walking, hot shower, and a massage.

  • Sara says:
    breathing and focal points

  • michelle says:
    epidural