You may have had back labor during your first pregnancy. Or, you may have had lower back and sacrum pain throughout the second half of your pregnancy. Some of the time that is related to the position of the baby and not anything you are doing wrong or right.
If you haven’t experienced it yourself, then you’ve probably heard about it. Back labor is basically pain and/or discomfort in the lower back while laboring, usually intensified with contractions. It is thought to be caused by the baby in another position other than head down and facing the sacrum. The most common position of the baby in regards to back labor is OP, or when the baby is Occiput Posterior with his/her head resting on the mama’s sacrum and facing forward.
Tips to Prepare for Back Labor
- Change Positions: Sometimes just changing the position you are in can alleviate the discomfort. Most women that experience back labor find that a lunge style or on all fours with one leg open like a dog peeing to be optimal.
- Squat: This position is great for anything/everything:)
- Rebozo: Gena Kirby puts on a great Rebozo Workshop. While at this workshop, you and your partner will learn lots of movements and positions that can alleviate pain and discomfort and to assist with delivery.
- Ice/Heat: Placing an ice pack or heat for 7-10 minutes at time can feel amazing.
- TENS Unit: Transcutenous Electrical Nerve Stimulation. A TENS unit is a small, portable device that stimulates the nerves for therapeutic purposes.
- Double/Partner Hip Squeeze: This can be achieved by using the rebozo but if you don’t have one your partner can squeeze your hips. However, he/she may get tired.
- Chiropractic/Massage: A little bit of soft tissue work or a chiropractic adjustment can help clear things right up.
- Shower: A hot shower may be nice to relieve some of the tension.
- Lacrosse Ball: Place these inside the rebozo tied around your waist. These help to create a firm pressure.
- Visualizations and breathing techniques such as those you may learn from HypnoBirthing (R)