If you feel a bit nervous before giving birth, you are not alone. Labour and giving birth, unless you have had a baby before is a completely new experience and many women have no idea what to expect. Maybe you've heard some birthing-horror stories, so why would you not feel anxious? However, it is important that you enter the delivery with a self-assurance that everything will go well.
Nervous anxious women have more adrenaline. Adrenaline inhibits the release of analgesic endorphins. Adrenaline also inhibits the labor-inducing oxytocin. Nervous women therefore have more pain during a longer delivery and may even need pain relief. Calm confident women seem to better accept / endure the pain.
How to relax
Pain relief options
When it comes to dealing with pain during delivery you have a number of options. You will want to consult with your doctor and decide which one seems best for you. If the breathing exercises and massage techniques of your pregnancy counseling are not sufficient, you can opt for treatment. This includes drug-free pain relief. Here you will find a short list of pain relieving options.
There are four basic options that you can consider:
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