Whether or not you might be hoping for an unmedicated birth or need an epidural, it’s best to plan how you’ll handle labor ache. Having a superb help staff and pain management strategies will help you get by means of every contraction and one step nearer to assembly your child. One ache administration technique is acupressure throughout labor. Acupressure could also be used to assist labor progress and probably even naturally induce labor. Right here we are going to have a look at what acupressure is, the way it works, and easy methods to use it in labor.1
Acupressure falls underneath the umbrella of conventional Chinese language medication, which goals to govern or alter an individual’s thoughts and physique to search out steadiness. Conventional Chinese language medication is believed to assist with ache, steadiness points, nausea, nervousness, and extra.2,3
Acupressure is like localized therapeutic massage — it applies stimulation to particular spots on the physique utilizing arms, fingers, or thumbs. Reasonable strain and typically a rubbing movement is utilized at these factors. Every acupressure level is recognized and linked to channels and organs inside the physique.4
Making use of acupressure to particular factors on the physique could stimulate pure oxytocin launch and reduce stress hormones. Oxytocin could assist to induce or increase labor, and lowered stress would possibly reduce your resistance or inhibition to labor.5
Research fluctuate on whether or not acupressure is profitable in serving to to get labor began, however it might assist put together the cervix for when labor does start. Nonetheless, one other research concluded that acupressure doesn’t ripen the cervix or induce labor.6,7
A number of research have proven that acupressure, in contrast with both no intervention or solely contact, can shorten the total period of labor. Significantly, it will possibly shorten the pushing phase of labor.7,8,9,10
Maybe acupressure shortens labor as a result of it helps with ache aid, permitting the physique to calm down and the cervix to dilate extra rapidly. Many research taking a look at completely different acupressure factors on the physique have demonstrated that acupressure reduces labor ache when in comparison with no intervention or contact alone.7,8,10
One other research confirmed that acupressure reduces labor ache however is much more efficient when mixed with therapeutic massage.11
There may be little danger in attempting acupressure to induce labor at time period, shorten labor, or cut back labor ache. The strain shouldn’t be exhausting sufficient to trigger ache on the website. Urgent too exhausting could trigger bruising or, in extreme instances, inside bleeding.12
Since sure acupressure factors could induce labor, these factors needs to be prevented earlier than your being pregnant has reached full time period to keep away from the chance of preterm labor.
Accessing sure acupressure factors could require you to stay in a specific place. This may be uncomfortable throughout labor. For instance, one research required laboring moms to relaxation on their backs with their legs straight throughout contractions whereas a practitioner utilized acupressure. Some laboring girls discover it troublesome to lie on their backs throughout contractions.5
Making an attempt acupressure throughout labor does little hurt; you possibly can cease at any time. Even when acupressure doesn’t work to alleviate ache or shorten your labor, it might not less than be price a strive!
So, you might have finished the analysis and would possibly need to strive acupressure throughout labor. Right here’s what to do.
Recruit your companion, a doula, or your labor and delivery nurse that can assist you. You could possibly carry out acupressure to your self in case you are snug sufficient and succesful, and the factors are inside attain. Nonetheless, this might not be straightforward in case you are in active labor, so getting ready with a staff member is sweet.
2. Determine and Mark Your Factors
Determine the strain factors by yourself physique. You possibly can mark them so a helper is aware of the place to press them. You determine acupressure factors utilizing your individual physique as reference measurements. Some factors to focus on throughout labor embody:13
- SP6, which lies three thumb widths above the interior ankle5
- SP9, discovered within the despair within the decrease interior knee5
- LI4, within the crevice between your thumb and index finger10,14
- BL32, discovered simply contained in the dimples on both facet just under the bottom of your backbone14
- BL60, situated between the outer ankle and the Achilles tendon5
- BL67, which is discovered simply outdoors the surface of the pinky toe5
- GB21, the place your neck meets your shoulders5
Use the delicate pad of your thumbs throughout every labor contraction to use reasonable strain. You possibly can maintain fixed strain or gently therapeutic massage that particular level. Apply acupressure throughout labor to each matching factors on all sides concurrently. Maintain strain at some point of the contraction after which step by step launch. You possibly can rotate by means of the completely different acupressure factors throughout every contraction to see which of them present you essentially the most assist and aid.
If you’re on the lookout for pure and holistic methods that can assist you progress by means of labor and get by means of the ache, having completely different methods in place will help. Once you hit a wall throughout labor, it’s good to have a brand new coping mechanism to strive. As a result of acupressure is low-risk and has been confirmed efficient at reducing ache and dashing up labor, it is perhaps a wonderful approach earlier than turning to labor induction, augmentation, or an epidural.