20 Natural Pain Relief Options to Help Ease Labor Pain

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20 Natural Pain Relief Options to Help Ease Labor Pain

Whether you have decided that you want a natural birth, a medicated birth, a home birth, a birth center birth, or a hospital birth, every single expectant mother needs to have some tools to keep herself comfortable while in labor. Even if it’s just for the early labor part. (FYI, hospitals won’t admit you until you are in active labor. You’re on your own in the beginning.) This is why it’s so important to know what natural pain relief options are available to you to keep yourself as relaxed and comfortable as possible so you don’t rush to the hospital too early. Some of these are very obvious options and others are not. Here are 20 natural pain relief options available to you during labor.

1. Massage

I’ve said this many times before and I’ll say it again, touch is incredibly powerful to the human mind and body. We have seen through studies that women who received physical touch–such as massage–compared to women that didn’t during labor had 56% fewer c-sections; an 85% reduction in the use of epidural anesthesia; 70% fewer forceps deliveries; 61% decrease in the use of oxytocin; a 25% shorter duration of labor; and a 58% drop in neonatal hospitalization. (1) That is amazing. Touch releases oxytocin, the love hormone so it can help relieve stress and fear for the laboring mom. It also helps turn off your pain receptors when in labor so you don’t feel as much pain as you would’ve without it. I honestly can’t recommend massage enough.

2. Aromatherapy

Essential oils have been used during labor for centuries. Some have proven to be beneficial during labor to help relax the laboring woman, relieve stress, act as a uterine tonic, stimulate circulation, and much more.

Here are some oils that you can use during labor that have proven to be helpful:

Lavender

This is the one of the most popular oils used in labor. This can help with relaxation and promote calmness. The oil is also a painkiller that stimulates circulation and healing and may strengthen contractions.

Clary Sage

This oil is one that we use to strengthen contractions. (Make sure that you avoid it during pregnancy before baby’s due date.) It’s also a great oil for reducing anxiety.

Geranium

Helps breathing and boosts circulation.

Peppermint

Helps with nausea and headaches.

Chamomile

Soothing and calming, helps to reduce tensions and anxiety.

Neroli

Calms and reassures as well as helps relax. Is also a powerful anti-depressant.

Bergamot

An uplifting and refreshing oil.

Jasmine

Acts as a painkiller. Also known to strengthen contractions and can be used in a compress to aid delivery of the placenta.

Marjoram

Aids breathing and can help to lower blood pressure. It is also an effective pain reliever.

3. Cold & Hot Compresses

Both cold packs and hot packs can be used to reduce pain and increase comfort during labor and childbirth. Here’s how:

Cold

  • Place a cold washcloth on the face, neck, and upper chest. This helps to refresh and relax the laboring mom.
  • If she is experiencing nausea, place a cold washcloth across the back of the neck to help reduce the sensation.
  • Place a cold pack on the lower back can help with back labor or back pain.
  • Have ice packs after the birth to place on the perineum immediately after the birth. This will help reduce swelling.
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Hot

  • Warm, wet towels, a hot pack, a hot water bottle, or heating pad placed below the pregnant abdomen provides comfort in labor.
  • Right before pushing, place a warm, wet washcloth on the perineum to reduce perineal discomfort and encourage softening and stretching of the perineal tissues in preparation for birth.
  • A hot water bottle or hot pack can be applied to the back for back pain during labor.
  • After birth, during breastfeeding it helps to have a warm pack or a heating pad on the belly to help alleviate the cramping sensation when the uterus is shrinking back to its original size. (2)

4. Hydrotherapy

Hydrotherapy is the use of water for physical or psychological benefits. It is something that all women enjoy once they are in labor. The shower and tub are both wonderful. Here are some of the physiological and psychological benefits:

  • Ease of movement with greater mobility due to buoyancy (when in the tub)
  • Relaxation during and between contractions
  • Safe and effective pain management
  • Reduction of blood pressure
  • A sense of control as the mother occupies her warm, private space
  • Can help with cervical dilation

5. Music

Music is a wonderful tool when it comes to pain management. It helps distract the woman from pain and can create a relaxing experience. When music is playing it helps a laboring woman breathe rhythmically with the music. It also gives her something to focus on rather than focusing on the contractions. Distraction is key when in labor.

6. Focused Breathing

Hopefully during your childbirth class your instructor will talk about breathing patterns in labor. Breathing can help you focus and work with each contraction. Here are some benefits of practicing patterned breathing:

  • The mother remains in a more relaxed state and will respond more positively to the onset of pain.
  • The steady rhythm of breathing is calming during labor.
  • Provides a sense of well being and control.
  • Increased oxygen provides more strength and energy for both the mother and baby.
  • Brings purpose to each contraction, making contractions more productive. (3)

7. Counter Pressure

This is something that the majority of laboring women enjoy since it relieves back labor and other area-specific discomfort. How do you do it? You apply heavy pressure on painful areas of the lower back or area that is feeling the contraction.

8. Acupressure or Reflexology

Acupressure is something that we use to relieve pain and increase contractions among other things. It’s non-invasive and does not produce any of the undesirable or potentially harmful side-effects that pharmacological pain relief can. By applying pressure on specific points with your fingers, elbows, palms, or blunt-tipped instruments you can treat a variety of conditions. Obviously the main goal of acupressure is to relieve pain and discomfort, but it can also be used to help babies descend and engage, dilate the mother’s cervix, induce labor, and strengthen contractions in slow, non-progressive labors. It can also be used to alleviate nausea, combat fatigue in protracted labour and assist posterior positioned babies to turn to an optimal anterior position for easier birth.

9. Focal Point

A great coping technique for labor is to have and look at a focal point. One of the wonderful things about focal points is that you don’t have to practice using them. When contractions get intense, you just look at something and focus on it–maybe a crack in the wall, a button on your support person’s shirt, or even one of your ultrasound pictures. The reason focal points work to deal with pain is because of the Gate Control Theory. Basically, the brain processes the information you’re seeing leaving less brain activity to process the pain you are experiencing. Since your brain’s not processing the pain, you’ll feel less of it.

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10. Visualization

The opposite of using a focal point is using visual imagery. It’s a highly-effective labor pain management technique. It’s when you close your eyes and imagine a relaxing place—a sunny beach, a fireside, a bubbling brook, or a pristine lake surrounded by mountains. Use some pictures from favorite vacation spots to help you transport your mind there. Other things laboring women can visualize are: their cervix opening, their baby descending into the birth canal, or their breath as it enters and exits the body.

11. Position Changes

There are many benefits to changing positions throughout labor. Different positions can aid the progress of labor and reduce pain sensations by increasing the pelvic opening. Staying in one position for too long can stall the labor progress and make the contractions more painful over time. So make sure that you are changing your position every 30 minutes or at the longest every hour.

12. Vocalization

When we experience pain or discomfort, it’s normal to use our voices to help with the pain. For example, we all make noises when we stub our toe. Vocalization is a powerful tool. A birthing woman may choose to moan, softly sing, chant, or grunt. She needs to follow her body and know that making sounds is good, it’s natural, and it helps. No apologies necessary.

13. Hypnotherapy

This may sound silly, but hypnotherapy can be a fantastic tool during labor. With a little practice throughout pregnancy, women can learn the process of becoming deeply relaxed and free of fear so the uterine muscles can work with minimal pain. Classes, videos, and audio tapes help women learn a conditioned reflex in which they are able to create their own state of profound mental relaxation, physical relaxation, and concentration all by themselves. Two different options available are Hypnobabies and Hypnobirthing.

14. Birth Doula

Women not only need information to have a better birthing experience, but they also need physical and emotional support. Studies have shown that women supported by other women–a doula–experience more positive, less complicated births and report more satisfaction with their birth experiences. They also show less use of interventions during birthing and quicker recoveries.

15. Dimmed Lights

The majority of women go into labor in the middle of the night. This is no accident. Our melatonin levels are increase at night and allow our bodies to relax and begin labor. When we are exposed to light in labor, it has been shown to slow contractions, or even stop them altogether. A study at the University of Florida found that shining blue green light in a pregnant woman’s eyes at night–like staring at a phone screen or computer screen–will suppress contractions. (4) Turn the lights out and you will be more comfortable and it will help your labor progress.

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16. TENS Unit

TENS (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation) therapy has been around for years and is a tool that women have used during labor as a natural pain reliever to keep comfortable. It’s a small, hand-held machine that uses a mild and painless electrical currents to relieve pain. It’s most commonly used for reducing back pain. If you are interested in getting one, you can find one here for $40.

17. Birth Ball and/or Peanut Ball

A birth ball is simply an exercise ball. The birth ball comforts and strengthens your lower back when sitting on it. Your pelvis is also better supported and symmetrical which provides more comfort to the laboring women.

peanut ball is an exercise or therapy ball that is shaped like a peanut. During a recent study, they found three noticeable benefits in women who used a peanut ball during labor: it shortens labors, it shortens the pushing phase and it has helped reduce the amount of c-sections.

Women become tired in labor and sometimes need to sit down or lie down. A birth ball or a peanut ball can help them do just that, but remain comfortable and help the labor progress.

18. Eat and Drink

For years, women have not been allow to eat or drink fluids during labor. Some hospitals are continuing this today. But a new study by the American Society of Anesthesiologists suggests that this may not be a good thing. The study now shows most healthy women would benefit from a light meal during labor. They concluded that moms in labor need the same kind of energy and calories as marathon runners. Shocking! You are working so hard and you need the fuel to continue and remain strong and comfortable. When you don’t have that fuel it can actually reduce your contractions which then leads to a longer labor. So have light snacks and fluids to keep your energy up.

19. Use the Restroom

Using the restroom and emptying your bladder not only will help you feel more comfortable, but it will also make sure that your bladder is not holding your baby’s head up from pressing on your cervix and helping you dilate. Having an empty bladder will allow you to progress better. Going number two is also a good thing! It’s clearing everything out and making room for a baby to get through. Also squatting on a toilet and relaxing your bottom is a great thing for every mama in labor.

20. Walk or Move

It’s extremely uncomfortable for a laboring woman to remain still while experiencing true labor contractions. The more that you walk and move around and are upright during labor, the more that you are encouraging your baby to descend into the birth canal and keep yourself as comfortable as possible throughout the process. So get up out of that bed and move!


 Resources:
Birch E. 1986. The experience of touch received during labor. J Nurse Midwifery 31(6): 270–76.
http://www.cnyhealingarts.com/2010/06/11/using-the-heat-and-cold-as-a-comfort-measure-for-labor/
http://americanpregnancy.org/labor-and-birth/patterned-breathing/
https://preg-u.bloomlife.com/labor-at-night-melatonin-f263dd481db4
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Nina is The Baby Chick® & CEO of Baby Chick®. She is a baby planner, birth doula, postpartum doula, childbirth educator, newborn care specialist, and a mother. With over eight years of experience, she has supported hundreds of families during their pregnancies, births, and postpartum journeys.

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It can feel tricky and tiring to try and do it all right and then sometimes still feel like you’re at a loss. But the truth is, there’s never any way to make everything perfect. But there are things we can do that set our children up to feel secure and happy. And here are seven of my favorite tips. {Click 🔗 in bio to read more!}⁠
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Any oldie but goodie by @spiritysol⁠. ❤️⁠ Any oldie but goodie by @spiritysol⁠. ❤️⁠
Cesarean mamas--this one's for you. I hope you know that you are worthy. That you are such a warrior. That you are brave and powerful and strong as f✨ck. I hope you know that birthing your baby on an operating table makes you no less of a mother. No less of a goddess. Your birth story is holy and that beautiful scar on your belly is sacred as sh✨t. You are worthy of praise and celebration, honor and  admiration.⁠
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I hope that you know it was worth it. Knowing this does NOT mean you can't mourn your dream. It does NOT mean "you and your baby are safe--that's all that matters!" It does NOT mean you can't wish things had gone differently. But I hope that underneath it all, you can find beauty in what was. What is. Your baby. Your birth. Your strength. Your healing. Your story.⁠
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Your journey wasn't easy. Perhaps it unfolded much differently than you had hoped--perhaps it shook you to your core and left you feeling the immense weight of a "what if" and why".⁠
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Perhaps you're still wading through the heavy emotions of disappointment, anger, and grief. Perhaps you always will. But whatever feelings you hold in your heart and in your womb, I hope that you can look at your scar and say "Hell yes, it was worth it. And hell ya, I am worthy."⁠
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*This post was written for mamas who might be struggling with an unexpected or undesired cesarean birth. I recognize that there are mamas that choose to have planned/elective cesarean births who might not resonate with the message in this post. I honor them as well--as I honor all mothers, all women, and all beings.⁠
Words & 📷: @spiritysol⁠
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Because I gave him the wrong colored cup . . . whi Because I gave him the wrong colored cup . . . which is the color he originally asked for.⁠
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(quote via @HenpeckedHal via Twitter)⁠
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Hope they're ready for us!⁠ 👯‍♀️⁠
📷: @myquestionablelife⁠
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" . . . Tears contain stress hormones. Why would w " . . . Tears contain stress hormones. Why would we have tears if they didn't serve a purpose? Little hurts can feel big when you are little. There is no such things as no reason to cry. Comforting a crying child is not the same as shutting them down, no matter how sweetly we shut them down . . . up actually." - Pam Leo⁠
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#gentleparenting #motherhoodthroughinstagram #momlife #motherhood #parenting #parentlife #mumlife #mommylife #parenthood #motherhoodunplugged #realmoms #momstatus #thatmomlife #realmomlife #momsofinstagram #mommychick #motherhoodrising #ig_motherhood #uniteinmotherhood⁣ #babychick⁣ #healing #mentalhealth
"Every diaper change is a struggle⁠ Goldfish cru "Every diaper change is a struggle⁠
Goldfish crumbs are literally everywhere.⁠
Nothing stays in the correct place.⁠
Dramatic meltdowns are a part of our daily routine.⁠
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Being a mother to a new toddler is so challenging, and every day I'm not sure what to expect! But, even on the days where I think I'm going nuts, it's so worth getting to watch my daughter grow into her own person. I love seeing her personality expand with each day.⁠
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I won't lie though, I do get a tad bit freaked out sometimes! I mean I've never heard anyone nail the sound of a pterodactyl better than my daughter, when she's having a meltdown. 😂😳"⁠
Repost: @postpartum⁠
Words & 📷: @tori.mccain⁠
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Share your worst/funniest toddler meltdown stories below! I'm sure almost all of us mamas who have a toddler can relate. 🙋⁠
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That's my kind of mom friend. 😂 Tag that mama w That's my kind of mom friend. 😂 Tag that mama who is your happy safe person. ❤️⁠
📷: @lifeandtimesofmom⁠
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8 Ways to Beat the Winter Blues When You're Stuck 8 Ways to Beat the Winter Blues When You're Stuck Inside⁠
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⁠When the snow first starts falling, it’s a great feeling. Your house is cozy inside, school is cancelled—three cheers for a snow day! The kids are excited and you can’t help but feel some excitement, too. However, after a few days of being snowed in, we can all start to get a bit stir crazy, especially with our littles cooped up at home with us. We're sharing eight creative ways to beat those winter blues when you feel like you’re stuck indoors! {Click 🔗 in bio to continue reading!}⁠
📷: @cecileadams⁠
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#winterblues #snowday #snowedin #winter #winterwonderland #winterfun #wintertime #home #indoorideas #motherhoodthroughinstagram #momlife #motherhood #momstruggles #momprobs #mumlife #mommylife #parenthood #motherhoodunplugged #realmoms #momstatus #thatmomlife #realmomlife #momsofinstagram #mommychick #motherhoodrising #ig_motherhood #uniteinmotherhood⁣ #babychick⁣
Where do I sign up for my parenting punchcard? 🙋‍♀️⁠
📷: @momtransparenting⁠
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Whatever you gotta do to get in some self care, ma Whatever you gotta do to get in some self care, mama. 💁‍♀️😂⁠
(quote via @fruitsofmotherhood)⁠
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#motherhoodthroughinstagram #momlife #motherhood #momstruggles #momprobs #mumlife #mommylife #parenthood #motherhoodunplugged #realmoms #momstatus #thatmomlife #realmomlife #momsofinstagram #momhumor #motherhoodrising #ig_motherhood #uniteinmotherhood⁣ #babychick⁣ #mommychick #parenting #parentlife
But in 2020 🤔🤔🤔😂😂😂😂⁠ jk
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Having your baby look like their dad is like being Having your baby look like their dad is like being back in school when you did all the work in a group project and they got the higher grade. 😑⁠ Annoying AF.⁠
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Who do your kids look more like?⁠
📷: @misshoneybakes⁠
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#pregnancy #pregnant #newborn #momtobe #pregnancylife #newmom #mamatobe #newbaby #postpartum #pregnancyjourney #mommylife #fourthtrimester #preggo #4thtrimester #maternity #motherhood #momlife #expecting #mumlife #mommytobe #pregnantlife #babyontheway #inspirepregnancy #mommychick #babychick
When you announcement to the kids that you're expe When you announcement to the kids that you're expecting another little one and one of your children asks where babies come from. 😳 This is when you starting thinking about when and how you need to start talking about the "birds and the bees" with your kids.⁠
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Talking about sex with anyone can be weird. But having the sex talk with your kid . . . well, that's a whole new level of weird. Some parents try to avoid having "the talk" for as long as humanly possible. While other parents jump right in at the first hint of their child's curiosity. Some parents find the topic relatively easy to discuss, while others are humiliated just thinking about it. 🙈 No matter where you fall on this wide spectrum, one fact remains: someone has to teach your child about sex. And it should probably be you.⁠
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So where do you start? How do you talk about it? And when? Of course, there are no right or wrong answers to these questions. Each parent will broach this subject in they way they feel is best. But if you're like me and need a bit of guidance, here are some tips for teaching your kids about the birds and the bees. {Click 🔗 in bio to read more!}⁠
📷: @livvylandblog⁠
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#motherhoodthroughinstagram #momlife #motherhood #birdsandthebees #momprobs #mumlife #mommylife #parenthood #motherhoodunplugged #realmoms #momstatus #thatmomlife #realmomlife #momsofinstagram #letstalkaboutsex #motherhoodrising #ig_motherhood #uniteinmotherhood⁣ #babychick⁣ #mommychick #thesextalk
Every boy mom wants to be like WTF . . . For real, Every boy mom wants to be like WTF . . . For real, are they rotating sprinklers or something?⁠
📷: @snarkybreeders⁠
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#boymom #momofboys #momlife #dadlife #boymomlife #momsofinstagram #pottytraining #motherhoodthroughinstagram #motherhood #momstruggles #momprobs #mumlife #mommylife #parenthood #motherhoodunplugged #realmoms #momstatus #thatmomlife #realmomlife #momhumor #motherhoodrising #ig_motherhood #uniteinmotherhood⁣ #babychick⁣ #mommychick
They are the ultimate weighted blanket. Their litt They are the ultimate weighted blanket. Their little body breathing in and out while lying on your chest is intoxicating. It fills you with so much love and peace. There is truly nothing better. 💕⁠
(quote via @torturedbytoddlers)⁠
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Mindful Eating Tips After Baby - Podcast Episode 2 Mindful Eating Tips After Baby - Podcast Episode 23⁠
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The holidays can be a hectic and stressful time for many (especially moms). And on top of that, this time of year can be loaded with diet talk. 🤦‍♀️ You're not alone if all this talk about weight loss/gain, New Year's diet plans & the justification/shaming of eating XYZ is getting to you! It is to me too. Another time in life when women feel like they should shred some weight . . . after they have a baby. 🤰 While I'm not about women feeling they should change their postpartum bodies--our bodies have done so much for us and our babies and we are beautiful exactly the way we are--I am supportive of women wanting to nurture and take care of their bodies and living more mindfully. ❤️⁠
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I had the chance to chat with @drsusanalbers on our podcast about mindful eating, what it is, and how (and why) new mothers might want to incorporate this practice into their lives. Let's combat the diet culture this time of year and focus more on living and eating mindfully. {Click 🔗 in bio to listen to the episode!}⁠
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#mindfuleating #postpartum #newmom #wellness #health #intuitiveeating #bodypositive #bodylove #consciouseating #mindfulness #motherhood #momlife #4thtrimester #fourthtrimester #bodypositivity #fitmom #selflove #4thtribodies #fourthtribodies #everybodyisbeautiful #postnatal #babychick #mommychick
So. Many. Pump. Parts. Raise your hand if you agre So. Many. Pump. Parts. Raise your hand if you agree. 🙋‍♀️⁠
📷: @susu.stash⁠
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Motherhood and The Enneagram: Parenting Tips by Ty Motherhood and The Enneagram: Parenting Tips by Type⁠
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Knowing your Enneagram type is a lot of fun and can really bring some insight into how you act and react to other types and situations. The Enneagram differs from other personality typing systems because it encourages growth and identifies healthy and unhealthy behaviors within each of the nine types. Learning about yourself in this way is also a really great way to grow (or perhaps change for the better) as a parent. And we all could use good growth and change, right?⁠
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If you know your Enneagram type, we're sharing the parenting advice you probably need to hear. ❤️ {Click on 🔗 to continue reading!}⁠
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My rendition of Goodnight Moon. 😂⁠ 📷: unkn My rendition of Goodnight Moon. 😂⁠
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