Pregnancy & PAIN

As you may have already guessed, the first word that comes to mind when I think of pregnancy is “pain”.  I still can not understand how women can give birth to a child, let alone 10 of them!  Before reading the following article, I just assumed that most women didn’t fear childborth.  But now I realize it’s more common than not.  In this article,  I read that women who fear giving birth (most likely because of pain) may negatively affect their labor.

“A U.K.-based study found that women who suffer from fear of childbirth during pregnancy have an increased rate of emergency Caesarean sections or more complicated vaginal deliveries involving vacuums or other instruments.  A Swedish study found that pregnant women with intense fear of giving birth run a considerable risk of negative experiences during labor and increased feelings of dissatisfaction after childbirth” (Ripton, 2008).

I thought this to be very interesting.  Along with the research, the webpage also suggests a few ways to overcome fear.

Marissa Hayes


~ by Marissa Hayes on September 3, 2009.

3 Responses to “Pregnancy & PAIN”

  1. I’m not sure if this is a common trend but some women request doctors to perform c-section when they didn’t have to to avoid labor pain not realizing that the risks and the recovery pain after is probably worst that the labor they tried to avoid.

  2. BTW: the previous comment was from Behzad Moaddeli

  3. While giving birth looks scary I think it helps if women know that your body releases and incredible amount of adrenaline and endorphins which is apparently the equivalent of taking heroin when you give birth. While it is painful it is also natural and a women’s body is prepared.

    Madelyn King

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