What natural forms of pain relief can I use in early labour?

There are some complementary therapies you can use, but you will need to organise these before hand. Examples include... Aromatherapy, which is the use of essential oils which can be massaged into your body. Your therapist will choose a blend of oils suitable to your symptoms but many oils are not suitable in pregnancy which is why you need the services of someone who is qualified and registered. Reflexology, which involves applying pressure to specific points on your feet which relate to all areas of the body also works well. Again you need to find a qualified therapist, as pregnancy needs expert knowledge. Acuputure, which involves fine needles inserted into specific parts of your body. This has been found by some people to work well in early labour. Hypnosis works through the power of suggestion, encouraging you to focus on controlling your pain. It is not advisable to try any of the above in labour, if you have not done so before. It is also vital that you find a qualified, experienced registered therapist. Local telephone directories can provide these. Check too with your GP as some provide therapists, and your midwife may well know of therapists in your area.
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