Fear of Labor Pains

panic buttonLately, I’ve been giving a lot more thought to what labor and birth will actually feel like.  A bit too much at times.  I think I may be going overboard worrying, but I honestly just want to know what to expect as a first-time mother.

I know that everyone says each and every pregnancy and experience is quite unique, and I don’t doubt this is true since a number of factors play a key role here, including whether or not medication is administered.  But I still think that being aware of some of the signature pains and symptoms, will somehow prepare me for what is to come…if only mentally.  I also tend to be an anxious person to begin with, so I know that now would be a good time to practice some sort of relaxation techniques.

To better prepare myself and other first-time mommies, I just had to do research to find some of the general similarities women may experience during labor.  From contraction pains to the pains experienced during active labor, below are the top ways labor and birth pains have been described:

Contractions

  • Very bad menstrual cramps
  • Tightening muscles and severe stomach pains
  • Stabbing sensations
  • Really bad gas pains
  • Extreme lower back and lower abdominal pains
  • Tightening across your belly
  • Feeling of your stomach stretching in all directions

Crowning

  • Intense burning sensation
  • Really intense bowel movements
  • Possible tearing or ripping sensations

Although the list may go on and on forever, the “Charlie-horse” cramp-like symptoms and the burning sensation are the top two I’ve seen out there.  Well, guess that’s just the reality.  I better just learn to relax and know that in the end it will all be worth it once I see our little bundle of joy!

How would you describe your labor pains?


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