Have you ever just had a long day and all you want is a shower-and after this shower, you feel refreshed and renewed?
Water has been used for many ages as a tool to help with general comfort in addition to coping with labor pains. As a matter of fact, ancient Romans had large areas dedicated for bath houses and water.
There are so many benefits of using the shower while in labor. You can control the heat and depending on the shower head, you can control the pressure and the location of where you want the stream to hit. Showers can help decrease tension and increase muscle relaxation, in addition to lowering BP, heart rate and anxiety. The upright position of the shower can help by using gravity. Most showers have a bench to sit on or to use for various laboring positions.
Showering can help you get through early parts of labor and through transition. Warm water over mom’s breast can increase the frequency and strength of contractions. Showers are readily available in each labor room. They are quick, safe, and effective. This is a great option if you are working towards an unmedicated birth. However, not everyone knows about this option!