Thanks to both the logistics (er, a newborn baby through my WHAT) and scary birth stories mums insist on telling you, even with a massive bump in tow, it's no wonder a lot of women worry about labour and more specifically, labour pain.
Sure, pain is a given, but will it hurt, hurt? Will I be able to get through it without sobbing/fainting/pooping? Are there any tips on sailing through labour like a god damn champ?
Here are 6 surprising things that can make labour more painful, so it's best to adhere to the following at all costs. Bendy straws at the ready...
What will make labour more painful?
5) Not knowing any natural pain relief methods
It's easy to assume that the only options you have for pain relief involve a needle(!) and a lot of drugs. However, some mums swear by other methods which are more natural including birth pools, hypnobirthing
and even visualisations. What's even better, is that there are no side-effects to contend with. Result.
6) Not having a birth doula
A birth doula
, Greek for 'woman caregiver', can be a godsend during labour. In most hospitals, a midwife may have a few women to look after during your labour. So, if you’re looking for extra support, emotional or physical, during your pregnancy and birth, then hiring a doula may be the answer.
And a doula could well be worth the investment – research has revealed the support that a doula provides can shorten first-time labour by an average of two hours, decrease the need of a C-section by 50 per cent and lowers your chance of needing strong pain relief.
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