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how painful is childbirth?

how painful is childbirth?

Getting educated about childbirth and preparing yourself to face the pain can have immensely positive effects on your labor process. A scientific study shows that women who were extremely scared and anxious before childbirth seem to experience more pain while giving birth than women who delivered their babies with a prepared mind. 

Although childbirth is a painful process, yet it varies from women to women, depending on several factors. 

What does science say about labor pain?

Although there is no scientifically proven measurement of how painful childbirth can be because the pain is experienced differently by every woman, the fact that women genuinely forget the details about their experience of childbirth is proved by science. 
While giving birth, the female body produces a hallucinogen that makes them forget about the pain experienced during childbirth; this allows them to go through with the process again. 
Contractions mainly initiate labor pain. Contractions happen regularly before actual birth, so not every contraction you experience is a sign that you’re going into labor. 
The muscles of the uterus tighten up and then loosen, this causes contractions, this process allows the cervix to open up and allow the baby to leave the uterus. 

How can you prepare yourself to deal with the pain?

It is really important to be aware and educated about the process of childbirth before going into labor; this can help you stay calm and somewhat even help reduce your pain.
ExerciseExercising while being pregnant sounds very exhausting, but it can prove extremely helpful for the mother and child. Pregnant women often perform yoga involving relaxing poses to stay fit and healthy, but the key is to not overdo it; exercising too much while being pregnant can cause serious issues for baby and mother, so try contacting your doctor before exercising.

Knowing what pain medicine to use

Many women choose to deliver their babies with an all-natural and meds-free process. Still, most of them ask for pain medication when they go into labor, so by knowing which pain medication you’ll want to use, you can be a great help to yourself and the medical staff that’s dealing with you.


This pain medication is the most commonly used pain medication during childbirth. This form of local anesthesia numbs a large part of the body, i.e., the body from the waist down. This helps nullify the pain while the patient is awake, so while the mother can’t feel her body from torso to feet, she can push the baby out. This medication does not affect the baby, but it does not cancel out the pain entirely either.

Spinal block

Spinal block or regional anesthesia is an injection injected into the mother’s spinal region; this numbs the pain for the mother while the doctor can perform C-Section and deliver the baby while avoiding the risk of sedating the infant. 


Analgesics are common but not widely used as they can have side effects on the baby and the mother. This medicine is used to ease the pain without numbing the body, so the patient can still feel her body and muscles. This medicine often causes nausea and fluctuation in blood pressure for the mother as well as the infant.

Staying in touch with your healthcare provider

It is vital to stay in contact with your healthcare provider and ask them whatever query comes to your mind. Many mothers lose their child due to inadequate education and carelessness; your healthcare provider can give good suggestions and ensure good health for you and your infant.