This surprising household item can help to ease labour pains

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All mothers out there will be very familiar with how painful labour is, and sometimes it can be difficult to have an epidural when the time comes.

But a little-known trick has gone viral, with women swearing that a comb can help to ease labour pains. Yes, you read that right!

We probably all own a comb in our households, but how on earth can it help with labour pains?

Fox Valley Birth and Baby answered this question on their social media, writing: ‘Did you know a comb can be used during labor?! And no its not for your hair.

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‘When gripped in your hands, a comb can help hit acupuncture points in your hands.

‘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.’

Instructing expectant mothers on how to use the comb, they added: ‘For those who have asked how to hold it. Having the comb hit at the base of the fingers (across the palm of your hand).’

Since the post was shared, women have flocked to the comments section to confirm that it does indeed work. So if you’re not fully convinced, maybe some of the feedback will help.

One commenter said: ‘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 said: ‘I love combs in labour and also spiked laundry balls are excellent too. Two things that are a must in my doula bag.’

The comb can be used to help with other pains too. If you’re getting inked soon, one commenter said she used it during her tattoo session: ‘I do this when I get a tattoo! Totally works.’

If you used the comb trick during your birth, head over to our Facebook page and let us know if it works or not. We’d love to know your thoughts!

Lucy Buglass
Digital Writer

Lucy Buglass is a Digital Writer for What's on TV,, and Woman&Home. After finishing her degree in Film Studies at Oxford Brookes University she moved to London to begin her career. She's passionate about entertainment and spends most of her free time watching Netflix series, BBC dramas, or going to the cinema to catch the latest film releases.