The pain of giving birth can be intense. A woman may experience severe back pain, leg pain, headaches, constipation, nausea, vomiting, etc. These symptoms can often become unbearable for some women. They find it unpleasant to cope with the constant pain and are afraid to take risks when giving birth to their own babies.
Many women are experiencing the dilemma of whether or not they should trust the body during pregnancy. There are an excessive number of medical interventions and a lack of faith in the body’s natural pain-relieving mechanisms. There is also a prevalent fear among pregnant women of delivering their babies in a hospital setting. Many assume that hospitals offer more advanced procedures which can only be provided at the hospital. This belief can be completely dispelled once a woman goes into labor naturally.
We won’t sugarcoat it: giving birth is excruciatingly painful. But don’t worry, because we have for you some steps that you can take to help the labor and childbirth go more smoothly before the contractions begin.
1) Preparing your child :
You should start encouraging your baby to get into the right place for birth about 34 weeks. Kneel over the floor on a birthing ball or, if you don’t have one, a chair on a regular basis.
‘My midwife advised me to stop lying on my back and to keep my knees below my feet.’ Camilla Hicks, 33, mother of Keith, nine weeks, says that this will help turn her baby into the proper place for birth. ‘Once a week, I even went swimming.’ It was certainly worth it because I had no problems during labor.’
2) Concentrate on coping :
Focusing on the fact that you are dealing with the situation is one of the most effective ways to get through labor.
‘Pete kept leaving the delivery suite to look for the doctor, which stressed me out and distracted me even more than the intense contractions,’ Emma Sabine, 29, says of her nine-week-old son Danny.
‘I noticed that I coped with labor much better after I respectfully asked him to stay in one position, i.e. with me and just hold my side.’
3) Maintain a healthy physique :
Pregnant women who are generally fit and stable have an easier time giving birth. Ask your midwife about local yoga or aquanatal classes in your city, or go for a short walk each day (without being out of breath).
4) Apply pressure to the perineum :
Start gently massaging your perineum (the region between your vaginal opening and your anus) with wheatgerm oil or sweet almond oil about 34 weeks to help avoid tears.
‘I was worried about breaking, so I massaged my perineum on a regular basis, and my husband also helped,’ says Victoria Howes, 36, mother of eight-week-old Gaelle.
‘I felt more secure in my own body’s ability to cope during the birth, and I was more comfortable when I pushed. The birth was difficult, but thankfully I did not tear.’
5) Keep a close eye on the control system :
Continuous monitoring is not recommended in a low-risk labor because it prevents you from moving about. This can trigger anxiety, slow down your labor, and make coping with each contraction more difficult.
6) Maintain an active lifestyle :
If you walk around during labor, you should need less pain medication and your labor would be shorter.
‘My husband told me the midwife said they were out of bedpans, so I’d have to get up of bed and walk down the hallway to the bathroom,’ Lorna Kirk, 21, says of her five-week-old daughter Caitlin. ‘I’m not sure if that was real, but it did make me want to get up and walk around instead of lying down!’
Also, don’t forget to work on your breathing technique. A good way to make childbirth easier on you is to learn how to breathe properly during the push. Taking deep breaths when the baby starts to come out is going to help to calm you down and make it easier for you to deliver.
If you’re afraid of pain, there are a few things you can do to make your labor easier. Talk to your doctor about getting epidural or having a home birth. If you have a low risk pregnancy, you may need to wait until the fourth trimester before having a C-section. As for labor, you’ll likely be released from confinement once your birth happens, though you may need to go to hospital to be fussed over by your mother.