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 How to manage pain during pregnancy

How to manage pain during pregnancy

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Labour pain is basically the pain experienced during the thinning, shortening or the dilation of the cervix when it starts to open by about 6 centimetres. In case of a normal birth when the cervix dilates up to 10 cm, it is usually termed as “completely dilated”.

Friday, January 13th, 2017

Here are few pointers that help you understand the problems better and take the right step.

Contractions: As the entire birth process continues, the contractions also increase in intensity and numbers. A mother experiencing normal labour generally begins getting around three to four contractions in a time span of 10-15 minutes, wherein each contraction lasts for about 60 seconds.

Labour pains start as soon as the amniotic sac begins to break. The process that follows this is the final process of delivering the baby and the placenta out of the vagina.

What happens in a normal delivery?

During a normal delivery, the pain is usually caused by the contractions of the uterine muscle and somewhat by the excessive pressure on the wall of cervix. This pain also manifests itself in the form of contractions in the abdomen and cramping in the groin and back areas. There occurs a constant tiredness in the whole body that creates an achy feeling. Many mothers also experience pain around their thighs. Some other common causes of pain could be pressure on the bladder and the bowels because of the baby's head and the contraction and stretching that it creates.

Some tips for mothers going through labour:

Breathing techniques: Your doctor might suggest you to follow a certain breathing pattern that will help you divert your attention and concentrate on something other than the pain.

Visualisation: Many a times, mothers also follow a visualisation technique in which they are asked to visualise places and things that make them happy.

Massage: A nurse might help the mothers with a hot and cold massage that helps in soothing and relaxing the muscles.

Acupuncture: It has been used for centuries in conventional Chinese medicine and it involves insertion and manipulation of fine needles at particular points on your body. You might ask your doctor for acupuncture if you want. The common acupuncture points used during labour include hands, ears and feet.

Remember, it’s going to get over too soon. And will bring unexplained joy for you. So, just forget all the problems that may occur during this stage. Follow the above said points and take the right decisions to be happy and healthy.

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