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What Is Good Music For Labor?

Labor and delivery might be a little more bearable with a soundtrack. Here are some songs to include on your playlist.

You can’t plan how labor and delivery are going to progress, but you can prepare the soundtrack. Studies show that music, by promoting relaxation, can help cut down on pain; in other words, you definitely should have this music streaming in the delivery room.

Here are some ideas for creating your personal childbirth playlist in case you want to listen to something other than the anesthesiologist's voice and your partner’s "encouragement."

The pump up playlist:

  • "Love on Top" - Beyoncé
  • "Don't Stop Me Now" - Queen
  • "Roar" - Katy Perry
  • "Happy" - Pharrell Williams
  • "Bring Em Out" - T.I.

The "I'm-a-mom" playlist:

  • "The Best Day" - Taylor Swift
  • "Mama" - Spice Girls
  • "Sweet Child O’ Mine" – Guns N’ Roses
  • "Already Gone" - Sugarland
  • "Mamma Mia" - ABBA

The "to-be-taken-literally" playlist:

  • "Push It" – Salt-N-Pepa
  • "I Will Survive" - Diana Ross
  • "Maintain the Pain" - Miranda Lambert
  • "Lose My Breath" - Destiny's Child
  • "Burn" - Ellie Goulding

The "I-conceived-on-vacation" playlist:

  • “Toes” - Zac Brown Band
  • "Better Together" - Jack Johnson
  • "Starships" - Nicki Minaj
  • "Paradise" - The Killers
  • "Summer Girls" - LFO
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