There are many ways to define contractions, and everyone experiences the intensity differently, but one thing that makes each persons journey through labour unique, is how they work through those contractions.
Some people pray through them. Some do hypnotism. And some people prefer to go deep within themselves to just focus on surrendering to their body.
Whatever you choose, remember that to be in control, you need to give up control... Relax your shoulders.
Relax your jaw. Relax your bottom. Close your eyes. ....And just breathe.
You are safe. You are strong. You are capable.
If there comes a time in your labour where you are too exhausted to work, or the intensity is too much for you, do not feel bad about asking for a bit of pain relief. Sometimes, all your body needs is a little rest, in order for your muscles to relax, which then allows the contractions to push the baby down further, more efficiently.
If you don’t have the option for pain medications, or haven’t allowed it to be an option for yourself, then there are a few ways to practice working through the “surges”;
One exercise, is to put a few ice cubes in a bag, and hold that bag in your hand for 1 minute, then you rest for a minute. You repeat this pattern, until you have learned to breath and focus while holding the ice.
A much nicer exercise, is to stretch out a tight muscle (usually one that you struggle with already), and hold that stretch for one minute. Then repeat the stretch on the other side, for another minute. While you hold these stretches, close your eyes, and focus on breathing while you feel the muscle release.