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So What CAUSES Labor Pain? And What Can You DO About It? Linda J. Smith, BSE, FACCE, IBCLC CEA Orange County September 2011.

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1 So What CAUSES Labor Pain? And What Can You DO About It? Linda J. Smith, BSE, FACCE, IBCLC CEA Orange County September 2011

2 Causes of labor pain Muscle pain from the contracting uterus Bone pain from the baby moving thru the pelvis Tissue pain from stretching Medical procedures – IV, monitors, exams Other?

3 Causes of Muscle Pain Inadequate fluid intake – A dehydrated muscle tends to cramp Inadequate calorie intake (glycogen) – Energy diverted to other muscle groups deprives the uterus of energy – Muscles starved for energy tend to weaken, cramp and/or contract ineffectively Inadequate oxygen intake – Screaming, breath-holding, chest constriction

4 Solutions for muscle pain Fluid intake, preferably oral – ACOG position 2009 Calorie intake, preferably easy-to-digest carbs and protein sources Oxygen intake: keep breathing! Keep other muscle groups “out of the way” – Use props, equipment – Conscious release of limbs, torso

5 PRACTICE TIME DEALING WITH MUSCLE PAIN

6 Causes of Bone Pain Cardinal movements of baby – Pressure on sacrum from the inside Malpresentation increases mechanical force on pelvic bones

7 Solutions to Bone Pain Gravity still works Movement (yours) Counterpressure on sacrum – What mom can do – What a partner/helper can do

8 PRACTICE TIME DEALING WITH BONE PAIN

9 Causes of tissue pain Unfamiliar sensation Uncontrollable sensation Lack of hydration Lack of lipids in diet (?)

10 Solutions to Tissue Pain Gentle massage Lubrication Knowledge of what to expect and duration

11 PRACTICE TIME DEALING WITH TISSUE PAIN

12 Causes of Pain from Procedures Needles piercing the skin Belts constricting the belly / uterus Attendant’s hands during exams

13 Solutions to Procedural Pain Negotiate ahead of time! “And what are the other options?” Topical pain relief for needle sticks Intermittent monitoring Limit exams

14 PRACTICE TIME DEALING WITH PROCEDURAL PAIN

15 Summary Muscle pain is predictable, has remedies Bone pain is predictable, has remedies Tissue pain is predictable, has remedies Procedural pain can be reduced, has remedies

16 THANK YOU!


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