Can child labor pains decrease?
I have heard a lot of women describe the pains experienced during childbirth. And they all have given it several descriptions because it differs for individuals.
But most of these descriptions have not been pleasant at all and it certainly leaves you wondering and asking ‘can I really do this?’
l have never gone through this pain before so I had to ask questions from people who have gone through it. How did this pain make you feel? And these were the responses I got :
1st response: ‘The worst pain you can ever think of, it’s like someone trying to dislocate your waist’.
2nd response: ‘Sincerely, it’s indescribable ‘
Really scary, right?
Every woman wishes to experience a painless labor but very few women do.
Since it is possible to experience a painless or less painful labor, it is also wise to prepare ahead for how to deal with a painful one.
This actually prompted me to search for what causes labor pains? Is it just the plight of a baby trying to force itself out of your body or is there more to it? And most importantly, is there a way of easing or reducing this pain?
So, what causes labor pains?
I will try to break this down to make it as simple as possible.
Pain during labor is caused by contractions of the muscles of the uterus and by pressure on the cervix. Other causes include pressure on the bladder and bowels by the baby’s head and the stretching of the birth canal and vagina.
This can be felt as a strong cramp in the back, groin, abdomen and sometimes thighs
Ok, now the more important question is, can this pain be reduced especially, naturally?
There are few natural techniques which have been known to ease these pains.
These techniques do not take these pains away totally, but the knowledge of this can help you have a more comfortable birth.
Express your fears :
Expressing your fears to your spouse, doctor, a trusted friend or someone more experienced can help relieve pain and put your mind at ease. Its easier to pull yourself together if your mind is at ease. And expressing your worries and fears can also bring practical solutions especially if they are expressed to the right channel.
Rhythmic breathing :
Most women are probably familiar with this. Take deep full breath slow breath and exhale to release tension. Also, you can take quick breaths about one every 2 to 3 seconds. This can be continued for about 20 to 30 minutes or for as long as the woman can go.
Warm baths/water immersion :
Water immersion, shower, warm baths during contractions relaxation, pain relief and comfort.
Birth satisfaction has been recorded to be high among women who had a water bath. It has also been known to provide instant relief. You can sit or stand and direct a shower on your back or abdomen. Not many hospitals offer this water bath though.
This is very important during labor. The worst position during labor is lying flat on your back or semi-reclining. Move as much as you can. And find the most comfortable position as you do this. It results in less pain for a laboring woman. Most women can’t spend their entire labor walking especially if it’s a long labor. So walking can also be alternated with brief periods of kneeling, side-lying, and sitting.
Most women who were massaged during labor perceived a relief in pain and anxiety especially when it was done by their partners as opposed to women who did not receive one. During labor, massage can be given on the legs, hands, back, shoulder and even head. Also, some women find it helpful when they sit on a chair and their partners or any other person pushes into their knees with their hands. This can be so helpful for lower back pain.
These tips and techniques are what have been proven to have helped through use and different studies. They do not guarantee total disappearance of labor pains but they guarantee relief and comfort. You can go through them over and over again to get them registered in your mind.
Thanks for reading.