Why is giving birth painful

Why is giving birth painful

Giving birth to a child is known to be painful because all the muscles inside the body is working so hard to help enlarge the cervix to open,  in addition to applying pressure on pushing the baby that is about to come out from a small opening. Various tissues and nerves are being stretched and sometimes flesh is torn during the process which is why giving birth is truly painful. But the degree of pain may differ from each individual and in each birth because of various factors.

Some people believed that labor pain can only be physically agonizing depending on the person’s overall condition and perception about giving birth. The main factors that may contribute to the painful experience of childbirth are anxiety and over all condition of the person’s body.

Giving birth can be more painful if the mother is anxious about her delivery. When anxious and under pressure, the mother’s body tend to divert the oxygen and blood supply to her extremities instead of supplying the uterus and the baby. This may cause birth complications and increase the discomfort of the mother. Because of this, expectant mothers are advised to master relaxation techniques that are proven to decrease the pains of giving birth. Although it has been found that fighting contractions as well as panicking do aggravate pain, it does not mean that being in a relaxed or calm state will prevent one from experiencing actual labor pain.

Anxiety also can cause the muscles in the body to be tensed resulting to difficulty in giving birth and added labor pain. During the process, the tissues in the perineum should be able to stretch to lessen the risk of tearing which is why expectant mothers are recommended to do pregnancy exercises that will not just keep the body in shape but also help the body to be flexible and adaptable to changes when giving birth.

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