Doula reveals random object that can help with pain during childbirth

Kristine Tarbert
Senior Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer
A doula has revealed one object that can help with pain during birth. Photo: Getty

Anyone who has been through childbirth will know they’d probably do anything to help with the pain that for many comes along with the joy of having a baby.

Now a doula has revealed there is one object we probably all own that could be a game-changer.

Taking to her Facebook page Fox Valley Birth and Baby, she said a simple hair comb can do the trick, but you don’t use it in your hair.

“When gripped in your hands, a comb can help hit acupuncture points in your hands,” the post reads.

“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.”

The humble hair comb. Photo: Getty

The post has quickly gone viral with almost 24k comments from mums thanking her for the advice and backing up the theory. It’s also been shared over 20k times.

In the comments the doula goes on to explain how to hold the comb - in a way that the bristles hit at the base of the fingers across the palm of your hand.

She also shared images to show exactly how to hold it.

She demonstrates how to hold the comb. Photos: Facebook/Fox Valley Birth and Baby

Everyone agreed from now on it was a hospital bag must.

“I will now be packing my hospital bag with a comb,” one woman commented.

“I wanted my sister to dig her nails into my arms when I was in labour because it distracted me from the pain. I think that idea is true. Because it really helped,” another added.

“Wish I knew about this when I had my first son!! Due another little boy in October and a comb will definitely be packed,” one mum said.

Plenty of others had also successfully tested the theory, including for things other than child birth.

“My doula have me little plastic hedgehog with sharp spikes to squeeze ... it was the most helpful thing during the whole labour,” one mum wrote.

“It totally worked with me! I had my second baby completely naturally just by breathing evenly, moving and gripping a comb through out my labour,” another agreed.

“I do this when I get a tattoo! Totally works,” a third added.

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