Did you know a regular hair comb can be used to ease the pain when you are in labour?
Giving birth – both times – is the most powerful thing I have ever done.
It is raw and real and at the same time both an out-of-body experience yet also being more present in the moment and in my body than I have ever been before.
And yes, it's painful – but it is also a different kind of pain to any other, and one that is also mixed with so much love and anticipation, it is, I think, impossible to describe it unless you have been there and know this very feeling.
As for how we all manage our pain and get through the contraction, I have heard so many different tips and advice and to be fair, what works for some might not work for others.
This latest one I came across at first made me go 'ah, come here, this surely cannot work' but actually, so many women say it did for them, and when you read the reason behind it, you might even be tempted to try should you be about to give birth yourself.
Apparently, holding a comb in your hand can help you get through labour pains easier.
Shared by Fox Valley Birth and Baby on Facebook, this method apparently has a couple of benefits and when you really think about it, it actually makes a lot of sense.
“When gripped in your hands, a comb can help hit acupuncture points in your hands,” Fox Valley Birth and Baby explained in their post.
“It also plays into the gate control pain theory. This theory states that the brain can only focus on a select number of sensations. Because the nerve endings are closer on your hands they reach your brain faster. Helping your body forget about the contractions.”
“For those who have asked how to hold it – having the comb hit at the base of the fingers (across the palm of your hand)."
And if the comments on the Facebook post are to be believed, the method actually works.
“I do this when I get a tattoo!” one wrote. “Totally works!”
“Yes!” a mum agreed. “My doula has me little plastic hedgehog with sharp spikes to squeeze … it was the most helpful thing during the whole labour!"
“It totally worked with me!” another comb fan posted. “I had my second baby completely naturally just by breathing evenly, moving and gripping a comb throughout my labour.”
So there you go, mums – you might want to remember to pack a comb in your hospital bag!