Childbirth is the most beautiful and natural procedure known to mankind. With a child, a mother is born too. The moment a mother gets the news of her pregnancy emotional turmoil arises. Along with the indefinite amount of pleasure and bliss, she is haunted by ‘n’ number of questions, doubts and worries too.
Everyone knows that childbirth hurts, a lot. But How bad will the pain get and What pain relief is available? And what actually happens in the labour room! These are some questions which give sleepless nights to the expecting mother.
Here leading experts reveal how much a childbirth actually hurts and, fortunately, it may not be as bad as you fear.
Cervix, the opening of the womb begins to dilate as the contractions strengthen.
WHEN THE CERVIX IS DILATED TO A LENGTH OF 10 CM, THE FREQUENCY OF THE CONTRACTIONS INCREASES.
THE BABY THEN GOES THROUGH A SERIES OF FREQUENT PASSIVE MOVEMENTS.
THE PROCESS CALLED CROWNING.
It is the head which appears first. In laymen term, crowning can be explained as the appearance of the baby’s head out of the vagina.
THE BABY SEEMS TO ALMOST WRIGGLE OUT OF HIS MOTHER.
The baby continues to twist and head is followed closely by the baby’s shoulder and body.
HOW DO YOU KNOW YOU ARE IN LABOR?
No, the question is not at all silly. Especially in the case of first timers false alarms are common. Elizabeth Duff, the NCT’s senior policy advisor, said the question ‘how do I know if I’m in labor?’ is far from being a silly one.
‘If you feel contractions getting more frequent, note them down, if they’re 10 minutes apart or less, it’s likely you’re in labor.
‘But, if they stay fairly mild and infrequent, it’s less likely you’re in labor.’ When a woman realizes she is in early labor, Ms Duff said the most important thing not to panic. She advises carrying on with life, moving around and standing up, allowing gravity to help the process along. ‘As long as you have the energy, keep moving,’ she said. ‘If you are in early labor, it’s also important to have something to eat. ‘Nothing heavy, and something that is easy to digest, but something that gives you energy. ‘Remember, you will need your energy later and as labor progresses you’re likely to feel less and less like eating.’ Annabel Athill and Mary-Rose Pignatelli, of Kensington Midwives, added: ‘Labor may start long before it is necessary to go to the hospital. ‘We call this early labor, and the contractions are building in length and strength, but hours or a day and night may pass before the cervix dilates.