One of the most exciting parts of being pregnant is packing your hospital bag so you can pick it in one ready move when the D-day arrives. While you are packing all the important stuff like pyjamas, wrappers, toiletries and baby clothes, you could be missing one new A-list item – a comb!
A comb may be the little-known pain relief tip after an American birth photography and videography company, Fox Valley Birth and Baby took to their page to explain that the teeth of a comb can provide acupuncture as well as distract mums from labour pain.
“Did you know a comb can be used during labor?! And no its not for your hair.
When gripped in your hands, a comb can help hit acupuncture points in your hands.
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.
ETA: 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).”
the advice read.
As for how to best hold the comb, mums-to-be should have the comb hit at the base of the fingers (across the palm of your hand).
The post has received more than 20,000 comments, as well as several mums-to-be vowing to bring a comb into the delivery room.
Women have also shared similar pain control measures in the comments, such as squeezing a ‘little plastic hedgehog with sharp spikes’ or having partners, sisters and mother-in-laws ‘create pain elsewhere’ by digging ‘fists’ into the back of their backs.
“I do this when I get a tattoo! Totally works!”
Kendall Watts wrote.
“I used combs!” added Nichole Baumbach. Kara Edwards commented,
“I keep a new pack of combs in my doula bag for each birth!”
In fact, so effective did other mums say this method was, that many women said they were either going to try it – or they wish they’d known about it for their births.
See screenshot of the post below: