If you've not been in labor before, it can be hard to imagine what you will do to cope with the contractions. Although there is no way to tell for sure, you have some clues.
Basically, you will cope with labor the way you deal with other stress and physical discomfort.
You and your partner already know:
You can find out more about your coping style by holding ice. Holding an ice cube does not feel like a contraction. However, the things you do to cope with the discomfort are the things you'll likely do in labor.
Here's how to do the test:
Here is what your coping style means:
You can do the ice cube test a few times to try specific techniques. However, you don't have to practice for labor using "ice cube contractions."
When you write your birth plan, you may want to include something about your coping style.
Allina Health's Patient Education Department, Beginnings: Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond, seventh edition, ob-ah-90026
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