2. Heat

With all the medical items around, the one thing that helps a lot of women out in labor is scarce to come across in a delivery ward - a heating pad. If you are desiring a natural birth, and you experience any back labor, your heating pad will become your best friend in your hours of labor. Some women choose the good ol' electric heating pad, which works well, but does limit your ability to move around

. Another heating option is rice bags or rice socks. You can make one by simply getting a tube sock, filling it with rice and knotting the end, or if you're good with a sewing machine, you can fashion a fabric tube of material whatever size you desire, fill with rice and sew the end together. The nurses can occasionally heat it in the microwave for you, but rice socks will usually hold their heat for several hours and will give you optimal movement.

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