Presentation on theme: "So What CAUSES Labor Pain? And What Can You DO About It? Linda J. Smith, BSE, FACCE, IBCLC CEA Orange County September 2011."— Presentation transcript:
So What CAUSES Labor Pain? And What Can You DO About It? Linda J. Smith, BSE, FACCE, IBCLC CEA Orange County September 2011
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?
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
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