Talk to any mom and she'll give you her tips for getting through childbirth as painlessly as possible.
Ice chips, drugs, singing, breathing, it's all been done.
But for Angela Gallo, she had one technique that involved a little more of a...personal touch.
Gallo shared her experience about how masturbation helped her through childbirth, and now she's encouraging other new moms to do the same.
In an interview with Woman's Day, Angela explained her reasoning.
"I wanted my muscles to feel like I was working with them and not against them, so I tried to work with every ounce of energy, make every single contraction count," she said. "Touching myself took the edge off, helped me to focus, get clarity, and regain control over what I was feeling."
These are Angela's reasons, as posted on her blog, as to why women should pleasure themselves during child birth.
1. What gets the baby in, gets the baby out!
"Oxytocin, baby. With a side of endorphin and adrenaline. (In all the right amounts, too!) [...] Experiencing a "stalled" or lengthy labor? Need a natural pick-me-up? Touch yourself, mama! It gets the good stuff flowing."
2. Pain Relief
"Ever had a headache or been hung over or couldn't sleep; and you instinctively decided on a mini-masturbation sesh? And then voilà — headache magically gone? Well — many of us do it. And that's because it works. So why would it be any different to using clitoral stimulation in during/between contractions? [...]"
3. It feels good!
"Mood boost, anyone? Want to feel more relaxed? You know that dopey, satisfied, tired feeling you [get] after an orgasm . . . that's it right there. You may feel tense, anxious, stressed, unable to rest, mind racing — bring it back to basics with some deliciously luscious clitoral love."
To say her methods are unorthodox is an understatement.
For the most part, people are criticizing Angela's method of pain relief, while others are taking the "to each their own" approach. What do you think? Let us know!