A lot of couples work very hard on having a baby and think that it's all fun and cute to dress up the nursery and buy baby stuff. But when the reality that pregnancy is really not that easy for both partners, most almost end up wishing that they hadn't done it. This is especially true when pregnancy pains strike: swelling ankles, strained back muscles, and loads of headaches.

If you are planning to get pregnant or is in the same boat described earlier, here are some tips that can make your pregnancy easier to bear sans all the pre-natal pain:

  1. Observe proper posture. As your body expands to accommodate your growing baby, your center of balance shifts forward. Avoid compensating by falling forward like hunching your shoulders or bending your knees awkwardly. In doing so, you may strain the muscles in your lower back which can cause back pain.

  1. Sit and stand carefully. Your increasing bulk may reduce your flexibility. Avoid sudden movements like standing quickly or sitting haphazardly. Choose chairs that support your back to avoid causing it undue strain. If sitting for long periods, try to change positions often. Avoid standing for long periods of time, but if you must, rest one foot on a low step stool.

  1. Lift objects with care. Avoid lifting heavy objects during your pregnancy. But if you do need to, the best way to do so is to squat and lift the items as you rise. Bending over and lifting things can strain your back muscles and joints which can trigger back pain or worsen existing musculoskeletal problems in your back.

  1. Wear comfortable maternity gear. Back pain is sometimes caused by improper maternity wear. Choose low-heeled ones or flats with good arch support to lessen the pressure on your lower back. Well-fitting maternity wear with built-in support like maternity pants with low waistbands and a maternity support belt will certainly help prevent back problems

  1. Indulge on massages. Tension and strain in your back muscles can cause back pain. Ease these with a warm compresses, ice packs, and back rubs. You can go for a professional who knows how to massage pregnant women or have your doctor teach your partner how to do it.

While pre-natal pain is difficult to deal with, it is still just a fraction of what you are likely to experience during the actual birth, especially if you opt for a natural birth that do not employ pain relief drugs. These tips can help you set up your childbirth with the minimum amount of pain involved:

  • Entrust the birth to a considerate practitioner. You can choose between midwives and doctors, but the bottom line is that the practitioner you pick to assist you in giving birth must have the expertise necessary to provide you with labor and post-natal care.

  • Choose a well-equipped birth setting. The place should have all the equipment necessary to facilitate the birth and a support team to assist the practitioner and you. You can opt to give birth in your own home, in a birthing center, or a hospital. Each setting has advantages and disadvantages that new moms must discuss with their chosen practitioner.

  • Get the services of a professional doula. Although family and friends can serve the same purpose, a doula is knowledgeable and experienced in childbirth so she can give you professional and expert help.

  • Study labor positioning and other labor techniques. Standing and walking or simply sitting are just some of the positions new moms can try during labor. These positions help mothers to tolerate the contractions and align babies so they can be delivered easily.