A simple tip to ease pain has taken Facebook by storm after an American birth photography and videography company, Fox Valley Birth and Baby, shared it last week.
The page claims a simple hair comb could be used during labour to ease the pains associated with childbirth.
“When gripped in your hands, a comb can help hit acupuncture points in your hands helping your body forget about the contractions,” the post said.
The comb is said to “play into the gate control pain theory”.
“This theory states that the brain can only focus on a select number of sensations at once,” it said.
“Because the nerve ending on your hands are closer to your brain, they reach your brain faster.”
According to the company, the best way to hold the comb is to ensure it hits the base of your fingers, with the teeth pressing into the palm of your hand.
Their post has gone viral after it attracted over 20,000 shares and 23,000 comments.
“This is true lots of doulas use this. I am training to be a doula now and I hear many doulas using it as counter-pressure.”
“I do this when I get a tattoo! Totally works.”
“Yes! My doula have me little plastic hedgehog with sharp spikes to squeeze … it was the most helpful thing during the whole labor!”
“I used combs!!”
“I didn’t know that! Would have also probably helped me relax my hands instead of squeezing so hard.”
“They taught us to hold ice cubes in our hands the cold pain helped to forget about labor pains!”
“It totally worked with me! I had my second baby completely naturally just by breathing evenly, moving and gripping a comb through out my labor”
One mum also added, “Combs are also great for when your breast are engorged with milk. Comb towards the nipple , it feels very relieving and helps get milk out and lumps etc”
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