why does giving birth hurt so much
To get the fetus out, your uterus has to contract, restricting blood flow and causing pain. Though how intensely you feel this pain is subjective, there are several factors that can influence how uncomfortable labor will be:
The size of your baby and of your pelvis The bigger the fetus and the smaller the pelvis, the harder the uterus has to contract. A large baby can also put more pressure on the nerve endings, causing more pain as he passes through. The baby's position Most babies travel through the birth canal face-down. One who's faceup presses against your back nerves, since the hardest part of her head is flat against your pelvic wall. (This is often referred to as back labor. ) Your physical condition Some experts believe that women who are in good shape have easier labors, possibly because their muscles are stronger or they've built up better endurance. Birth order Those who've delivered vaginally before have shorter labors in general -- 8 hours on average versus 14 hours for first-timers.
The ligaments and muscles in the pelvis have loosened up and are less likely to provide as much resistance the second time around. Induced labors Pitocin, the drug that's used to jump-start labor, can cause some women to experience stronger contractions from the get-go (as opposed to a gradual buildup). Emotions A woman who's completely unprepared and has no support is much more likely to experience severe pain. So talk to new moms, read about what to expect beforehand, and make sure your partner is able to give you the comfort and reassurance you need. It all depends. Every person and every pregnancy is different. If you get an epidural then neither should hurt, but some people say they still feel pain. I felt no pain with my first once I got my epidural (I held out until almost 6cm before I gave in).
I was completely aware of his birth, I didn't feel weird and it didn't hurt. It was actually pretty great! My second, not so great. It hurt very bad - contractions mostly. The actual birth part felt more like trying to poop when you are very constipated. There was a lot of pressure just all over in the bottom area. I recommend the drugs. I didn't have them with #2 - there wasn't time. I laid down at 2:14am and he was born at 2:57am. It was going so fast that the paperwork wasn't even done by the time he came. It really was a bad experience, happy to have my son, but I was shaking so bad from the whole thing that I could barely hold him. It wasn't like I was pushing the whole time, it was just progressing very fast and the contractions were very rough(after your first they can). I only pushed twice and he came out. I hate to tell story #2, but honestly, I thought I was going to be super woman and have my kids with no drugs.
I was going to be a tv mom, you know the ones who sweat a little, don't swear and just do that cute breathing through the whole thing. I was so wrong! I don't do well with the breathing thing. It's better for me to just concentrate and hold my breath to push - it just works for me. Do what works for you. Go in there with your plan, but be open that it might change. I never wanted to have the drugs, I wanted to do it naturally, now after feeling the contractions naturally my third will be induced just a little early and with an epidural! Because I don't want a midnight run with no time to have a pleasant birth again. Good luck! Talk to your doctors and your partner, be comfortable and don't stress about what might happen or might hurt. You might just be a "tv mom" if you find the thing that works for you. :)
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