Virtually all women worry about how they will cope with the pain of labor and delivery. Childbirth is different for everyone. So no one can predict how you will feel. The amount of pain a woman feels during labor depends partly on the size and position of her baby, the size of her pelvis, her emotions, the strength of the contractions, and her outlook.
Some women do fine with natural methods of pain relief alone. Many women blend natural methods with medications that relieve pain. Building a positive outlook on childbirth and managing fear may also help some women cope with the pain. It is important to realize that labor pain is not like pain due to illness or injury. Instead, it is caused by contractions of the uterus that are pushing your baby down and out of the birth canal. In other words, labor pain has a purpose.
Try the following to help you feel positive about childbirth:
• Take a childbirth class. Call the doctor, midwife, hospital, or birthing center for class information.
• Get information from your doctor or midwife. Write down your questions and talk about them at your regular visits.
• Share your fears and emotions with friends, family, and your partner.