No matter how many books we read on the subject or how many experienced people we speak to regarding the same, motherhood is a new experience that can only be enjoyed if experienced.
Along with the joyous thought of giving birth to a new life altogether comes the fear of certain factors that could potentially set back one’s aspirations to give birth.
One such factor that makes almost every expecting mother very nervous is labor pain. The very thought of giving birth to a baby amidst extreme pain would make expecting mothers break a sweat and this nervousness would only increase as their delivery date nears.
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So if you are an expecting mother and desperately need to know what this labor pain is all about and how you can effectively control the same with minimum discomfort, here is a piece of information that would help to provide you with all the details you would need on the matter.
How Does Labor Pain Occur?
The labor pain in a woman’s body usually starts when the baby starts coming down. The pain intensifies after the water breaks. The uterus starts contracting in order to push the baby down into the birth canal or vagina. And as the baby makes its way through the birth canal, the mother may experience extreme pain.
This pain may end quickly for some and may extend for many hours for others. The amount of pain experienced by the mother would also vary from individual to individual and would depend on factors like the pressure of the contractions, pelvic issues, the position of the baby inside the womb and the size of the baby.
Natural Ways To Reduce Labor Pain
Although there are standard medications to reduce labor pain during delivery, some women tend to opt for natural methods to get relief from the pain they experience during delivery. Here are some of the most popular, natural ways to reduce labor pain.
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Warm water baths can help reduce the pressure of the contractions during delivery. Some women even prefer giving birth to their baby in a tub filled with warm water. Doing so would help them give birth naturally with minimum hassles.
Massages, relaxation techniques and breathing exercises can also help ease labor pain. Gynecologists usually advise women to undergo patterned breathing exercises from the 7th month onwards in order to get used to the same before delivery. Alternatively, listening to music or talking to loved ones can deviate the mind from concentrating on the pain.
Certain pelvic positions would be very painful during delivery. Changing positions may help ease the pain. For example, if lying down can be painful, the mother can try a sitting or leaning position. This could give her some relief from the pain she experiences during labor.
Medical Ways to Reduce Labor Pain
In case the natural methods fail to reduce pain, there are always plenty of medical ways to ease the same.
Otherwise called an epidural, this method of labor pain reduction involves injecting an epidural anesthetic injection into the lower spine. In addition to easing the labor pain by managing the contractions, the liquid present in the anesthetic helps to keep mothers from tiring out during the procedure.
Mostly used for emergency C sections, the spinal anesthesia is an injection that is given at a point below the spine. The entire body becomes numb below the injected point. This would give some relief from labor pain to an extent.
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Usually administered as an IV, an analgesic is directly linked to the blood stream. The medication would definitely help ease the pain experienced due to labor.