Everyone experiences pain differently, so where most will find examinations mildly uncomfortable, some may find it painful. If this is the case for you, please discuss this with your midwife so pain relief can be offered to you.
After the propess/prostin is given, you may feel some crampy ‘period’ like pains, backache, tightening, and some discomfort in you vagina. Walking around can help to ease your discomfort and can also help to get your labour established.
Relaxation and breathing methods can be used, you can learn more about these at your antenatal classes or from your midwife.
Adopting different positions can also help and we do have a number of birthing balls on the ward that you are free to use. We do have a short supply of TENS machines available, but these cannot be guaranteed. You can hire a TENS machine from some pharmacy outlets as you may prefer to bring your own.
We recommend using water as a method of pain relief so would encourage you to use the bath or the showers. If needed, we can give you simple pain relief such as paracetamol.
If you require further pain relief, you can discuss this with your midwife.