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Pain is a warning sign that something is wrong, it kind of gives you a warning sign that you need to be in a safe place. Everyone starts labour in a unique way so no one should try compare with others because everyone’s body is different. Some women have painless labours while some describe theirs as moderate while others experience severe pains.


Labour pain can be affected by various factors such as stress, your emotional state at that time and also anticipation of labour, your previous experiences, cultural beliefs and for the first time mothers just fear in general. To reduce all this, try preparing on time and make sure you receive enough care and support as this can reduce anxiety during labour and birth.

As labour progresses, the intensity of the pain increases. There are several methods of pain relief available during this period. You should be able to choose which method you will prefer as you will need to know the changes such pain reliefs will cause to your body.

During the early stage of labour, this is when the cervix begins to dilate. During this time, the contractions are mild so the natural method such as breathing and massage can be very helpful. However, if you need a stronger method, the doctor may opt for analgesics, which dull pain but allow you remain active.

During the active labour stage, the cervix starts to dilate more quickly and contractions are stronger. This period does not affect some women while some may need to be given an epidural. During this time you must be 4-5cm dilated. An epidural is an injection in the lower back that numbs the nerves and stops you feeling pain. The extent of the numbness will depend on the type of drug used and the amount injected. Once the medication has worn off, feeling in the affected areas will return. However, there are times an epidural is not advised; these include cases where a woman has had spinal surgery or is taking blood thinning medication.

During the transition stage of labour, the contractions become way stronger because of the full dilation of the cervix. The baby at this period is ready to come out as he/ she has moved down to the birth canal. Your doctor will guide you during this stage and make sure you listen carefully and do the right thing.

The point you see your little one you would totally forget all the pains you felt during this period. Trust me your bundle of joy is worth every single pain!!!

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