How do you handle contractions during childbirth?

Every birth is different and every woman deals with the pain of contractions differently. It depends on the character of a woman how she handles the contractions and what is the right way to relieve the pain of the contractions. One thing is certain, there is no turning back and you have to go through it. How can you best deal with the contractions? And what techniques can be used to make the birth go more smoothly?


  • How do you deal with contractions?
  • What techniques can be used to absorb contractions during dilation?
  • Technology during the transition phase of dilation and expulsion

How do you deal with contractions?

There are different ways to deal with contractions. It also depends entirely on the character of a woman and the strength of the contraction as to how it is dealt with. The trick is to use the pain of the contraction for good concentration. Attention is focused on the pain and a woman can go along with it in silence. Only in this way can you endure the contractions well. One person will go along with it silently, and the other person will shout it out. It just depends on what feels good.

A positive attitude

It is important that you work towards the birth with a positive attitude. This is important because the dilation will then proceed more smoothly and the pain will be more tolerable. In many women, a substance is produced during childbirth. This substance is called endorphins and is an anesthetic substance that ensures that the edge of the pain is removed.

With every contraction, remember that you can be proud that you have endured the contraction and that it will never come back. It is also important that a woman enjoys the breaks between contractions to regain her strength before the next contraction arrives. It is not useful to fall asleep between contractions because the next contraction will come very unexpectedly, and you will therefore not be able to go along with the contraction properly.

What techniques can be used to absorb contractions during dilation?

There are various techniques that allow a woman to cope with contractions effectively. It is different for every woman which techniques are best to manage the contractions properly.

Breathe deeply

This technique involves breathing deeply through the nose or mouth and holding the breath through the mouth. While holding the breath, the abdomen comes forward and the woman performs a light abdominal press. This way relaxes the uterus and gives the feeling that space is being created on all sides of the uterus. This way causes less irritation to other surrounding muscles and ensures that the baby goes where he or she needs to go.

Various postures can be assumed during deep breathing. For example, a woman may enjoy:

  • To lie on a certain side
  • To stand
  • Leaning forward against a table
  • Conversely, sit on a chair leaning with your arms on a cushion
  • Sit on your hands and knees and lean on the floor or something to lean on
  • Sitting on an inflatable ball

Moving with the pelvis

By puffing quickly and simultaneously moving the pelvis from left to right, the muscles around the uterus are released. Exercise ensures better blood circulation in the lower body, which can help to relieve contractions. This technique works as follows: On the wave of the contraction, inhale deeply, exhale in six puffs and blow out a long puff on the seventh puff. A song can be recited in the head, such as, for example, you have always been ill, this contraction will also go away, I am stronger than the contraction, or this contraction will never return.

Silent concentration or shouting

Some women benefit from silent concentration and some women benefit from shouting. It depends on the character of the woman what is the best way to handle the contractions. By absorbing the pain in silence, a sentence can be repeated in the head, such as the stronger the contraction, the more happens. Screaming during each wave of pain can be a huge relief. Pay attention to the way you shout. When a woman screams from the throat, it creates tension, which inhibits contractions. Screaming from the stomach releases endorphins, which have a numbing effect on the body, making the pain more tolerable. With these two techniques, the pain of contractions is also best relieved in the shower or bath. Heat has a relaxing effect and can help reduce pain.

Tip: urinate regularly
It is important that you urinate regularly between contractions because a full bladder has an inhibitory effect.

Technology during the transition phase of dilation and expulsion

The expulsion phase is the phase after dilation. If there is not yet full dilation but there is an urge to push, a woman can sigh away the urge to push by panting. By panting with the ha sound, breathing continues normally and ensures that there is no straining. With this technique, the woman sighs in short sighs so that the air is briefly expelled through the diaphragm and abdominal muscles. Avoid panting with the hu sound or ho sound because this will automatically cause pressing. That is not the intention.

Tip: try to prevent hyperventilation.
Hyperventilation is caused by a disturbed balance between inhaled air (oxygen) and exhaled air (carbon dioxide). Hyperventilation is recognized by a tingling sensation in the face or hands and makes you dizzy. When this is felt, you can make a shell shape with your hands and breathe in superficially a few times. Then you try to change the breathing back to normal breathing.

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