“So you used condoms or another type of contraception?” Asked the teacher.
“Yes,” said the teen boy, “We put the condom on the banana before we had sex and she still got pregnant!”
6. Need a break? Take one.
If you’re stressed or tired, you’re not going to be as intuitive or supportive. If you have a birth doula or support person with you who can take your place, even better. Take a break. Go grab some food, some fresh air or go for a walk.
7. Watch for tense muscles.
Tensing up muscles is common during pain, but it can also impede labor and increase pain. Help the muscles relax by gently stroking a hand down the muscle and watch it automatically relax at your touch. Talk to your partner about her preferred touching methods; some prefer soft, others light or even a simple tap.
An open mouth helps labor progress, too. To encourage her to unclench her jaw, you can also place your face in line of sight and demonstrate opening your own.
8. Remind her to drink and urinate.
Often, during the intensity of labor, women don’t always notice small changes in their bodies. Encourage her to drink just a small sip after each contraction and to urinate every hour. Watch for signs of dehydration such as dry lips. Staying hydrated can also make contractions less painful, so keep that liquid coming!
9. Keep an eye on her temperature.
If she’s sweating, offer her a drink or help her remove some items of clothing. If she’s cold, get her a blanket, extra clothes or offer a massage to help warm and relax the muscles.1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7