For around 40 weeks, mothers-to-be wait impatiently and full of anticipation to finally be able to hold the new life that is growing in them in their arms. When, in the last trimester of pregnancy, the birth takes giant strides, the fear often mixes with joy: How much will the birth hurt? Can I bear the pain in childbirth? And how can I alleviate it?
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Birth pains are very natural
The fact is: you will not be able to bring your baby into the world without birth pains. Because the pain is even arranged by nature so that your child can be born safely. Even if you may not be able to imagine it at the moment, the pains in childbirth that begin with labor will help you ensure that your child is not harmed during the birth.
As a mother-to-be, knowing what to expect during the birth can be immensely helpful. If you can understand what happens in your body when you have birth pains, you can better adjust to it. It also makes it easier to tolerate pain.
Where does birth pains come from?
Towards the end of pregnancy, the pre-labor and lowering labor herald the birth of the child. This will usually be around your official due date or in the weeks before. Labor contractions are caused by contractions of the uterus and are muscle pains that can extend from the abdomen to the back. The contractions pull the uterine muscles upwards and open the cervix so that the child can set off.
In addition to muscle pain, the stretching of the tissue and the organs involved also causes pain. In order for your child to be born, your body performs at its best: The muscles and ligaments of the normally tight pelvic floor and the perineum are stretched strongly so that the baby’s head can fit through.
The opening phase of childbirth lasts several hours, especially in the case of first-time mothers, it can last the whole day or night. It is usually shorter for women who have already given birth.
Birth pains help with childbirth
The Birth is a processthat nature has “choreographed” step by step. It is divided into the opening phase, the transition phase, the expulsion phase and the postpartum phase. You will most likely have pain in all phases. But try to think of the positive as well: Pain gives you orientation during birth. You can find your own rhythm through labor and feel when something changes in your body. For example, if you opt for epidural anesthesia (PDA) and numb the pain, you will not have this orientation to the same extent. Still, the PDA is one of several ways you can relieve your birth pains.
This is how you can relieve birth pains
It is not that you have to heroically endure the pain of birth. You can and should of course do everything to make it as comfortable as possible for you. Every pregnant woman decides individually how she wants to deal with her pain and what she perceives to be soothing. This could be essential oils with which the delivery room is scented, a calming music playlist or a relaxing massage from the obstetrician. Many midwives and doctors also offer alternative methods, such as acupuncture, to relieve pain in childbirth.
Correct breathing, which you learn in the antenatal class, is crucial during childbirth. The technique has proven itself during the contraction through the nose and slowly exhaled through the mouth. Some women also associate exhalation with sounds, similar to yoga. Your body also releases its own pain relievers in the form of endorphins during childbirth.
PDA suppresses the pain if desired
It becomes problematic when the mother-to-be really panics Fear of the pain or perceives it as so intense that it tenses up. This puts them in a cycle of tension, fear and stress, which ensures that the muscles of the uterus also cramp and hinder childbirth. In such a case, the doctors recommend a PDA. The epidural space near the spinal cord is numbed by an anesthetic. The abdomen, legs and feet become numb and the birth pains largely eliminated. However: the pain caused by bone on bone cannot be alleviated.
A PDA may only be used at the express request of the mother. If it is set, it can work for up to two hours and can be readjusted again and again.
Birth pains cannot be completely avoided – but you will get through them
The most important thing about childbirth is the basic trust in your body. He looked after and protected your baby for nine months. If it makes its way into the real world now, your body won’t let you down. A good antenatal class with a trusted midwife will prepare you for what is to come.
If the clinic is right, the environment in the delivery room is set up to suit your needs and you have a strong partner at your side, you have created all the conditions for a beautiful birth.
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