Many women find it easier to cope with early labor at home, and there are many ways to help cope with the pain of labor that do not involve medication.
Talk to your healthcare provider about your options for pain relief during labor. Know the benefits and concerns for each option.
Follow the guidance of your provider about when to come into the hospital.
Measures to reduce discomfort in early labor
Deep breathing, focusing on pleasant things
Movement and walking
Massage and relaxation
Heating pads or cold compresses
Continuous support from someone you trust