Many women are afraid of the forthcoming labor and the pain connected with it. But not everyone knows that painless childbirth is possible! First of all, it depends on the woman and her psychological spirit during childbirth. Having heard plenty of stories about intolerable pain, future mothers intimidate themselves and their children. They wait for the pain and all those horrors connected with the process of childbirth.
Pain Reasons at the Time of Delivery
Pain in childbirth arises because of the body and cervix extension during contractions, compression of soft vaginal tissues, and a crotch while the fetal head birth. But the growth of pain is connected not only with the movement of a fetal head. It also depends on the consciousness of a woman, her readiness for childbirth, and her expectations of meeting with a baby. The better the woman is psychologically adjusted, the less pain she feels during labor.
Psychological Preparation for Childbirth
The woman, who looks forward to the labor, feels less pain, than the woman, for whom her child is unwanted. Therefore, future mothers should adjust themselves on a meeting with the baby, but not in anticipation of pain at the time of delivery. Also, pregnant women need to learn as much as possible about childbirth, its periods, and rules of behavior during attacks and attempts. Ignorance just increases fear, and of course, pain during childbirth. There is special literature and schools for future mothers where future mothers learn how to behave in childbirth, how correctly to breathe, and what to wait in every period.
Self-Help in Childbirth
Active movements in childbirth not only distract from pain but also reduce it. During movements, there is an increase in oxygen inflow to the uterus, which suffers from its shortage during attacks. Therefore it is desirable for women in labor to move and try to find a convenient position of a body and breathe correctly. Shouts do not relieve pain.
Moreover, they spend strength and necessary oxygen. Try to palm the lower part of a stomach during bouts or to massage an aitch area. You may also recite, at least, the multiplication table, which appears to be a good diversion. During attacks, it is necessary to think not about yourself, but about the baby. Talk to your child, persuading him to be born quickly.
Sometimes doctors use narcotic analgesics, such as promedolum or morphine. They do not eliminate the pain completely but reduce its strength. Usually, drugs go with antispasmodics, which help the uterus to relax, expand vessels and improve blood supply.
Often drugs are applied to create a medicamental dream, in cases, when the woman is already tired and labor comes to its end. Narcotic analgesics come to the rescue, when a neck of a uterus opens not less than three-four centimeters and when to the end of childbirth there are not less than two hours. If you will not take into consideration these circumstances, a child will be not able to breathe independently, and the woman in labor will be sluggish and sleepy during attempts.
Epidural Anesthesia at the time of Delivery
Epidural anesthesia is the most modern way to relieve pain at the time of delivery. This type of anesthesia is carried out by the anesthesiologist, who, with the obstetrician, watches the course of childbirth. The essence of a method consists in the administration of an anesthetic into the epidural space of the spinal cord at the waist level.
As anesthetics, lidocaine or marcaine are used. After carrying out the procedure, a woman ceases to feel pain during attacks. Epidural anesthesia is helpful to women with pregnancy complications (preeclampsia) and childbirth complications (a disсoordination of patrimonial forces). It is also common among women in labor, who have no psychological spirit about childbirth. Among the disadvantages of this method are back pains, headaches, and blocking of bouts, which result in the need for induction.
Women, who are going to become mothers, need to remember that good physical form, correct breath, and psychological preparation help to have painless childbirth.
Born in Belarus, 1985, a pedagogue and family psychologist, mother. Taking part in procedures of social adaptation of the foster children in new families. Since 2015 is a chief editor of the motherhow.com project, selecting the best and up-to-date material for those, who are planning, expecting, and already having babies.