It turns out that nature provided us with an anesthetic necessary for delivery. The woman's organism releases during the birth a large number of hormones of joy and pleasure - endorphins, which can reduce unpleasant physical sensations, help to relax, relieve pain and give the feeling of emotional recovery.
However, the mechanism of producing endorphins is very fragile, it depends on the general emotional state of the woman in the process of childbirth. For example, a feeling of anxiety or the use of medication can suppress the production of this natural pain medication.
The physiological meaning of any pain is to give the body information about violations of natural processes. Childbirth by itself is not something devastating for the mother's body, it's a completely natural process. Of course, your uterus needs to do a great job, cutting hard for many hours. But if you think that birth pain arises directly from these cuts, then you are mistaken. Muscles of the uterus have very few pain receptors. Most often the feeling of pain arises in the muscles surrounding the uterus, and is localized in the lower abdomen or lower back. The real cause of birth pain is muscle tension, which interferes with normal physiological changes, occurring in the body during childbirth. You can not manage contractions of the uterus, but you have the ability to control the surrounding muscles - consciously relax them. This simple technique can save you from pain.
Relax body and mind
If you feel fear of childbirth, anxiety and anxiety, muscle tension increases. A vicious circle appears: fear causes muscle tension, stress causes pain, pain causes fear. To get rid of the pain, you need to learn to relax. But the whole secret is that the relaxation of the muscles of your body is impossible without the relaxed state of your consciousness.
Any relaxation technique starts with choosing a suitable place and creating a special atmosphere. The same is true with regard to childbirth. Try to determine in advance the place of birth, visit it, get acquainted with a doctor, in order to have a real idea of ??where and with whom you will have to give birth. Then you will feel calmer and more confident.
Practice in the art of relaxation, for example: put a large pillow in front of you, stand on your knees as much as possible, but do not allow painful sensations, spread your knees to the sides, lean on the pillow with your chest, slowly and deeply inhale, relaxing on exhalation. Alternately, concentrate on relaxing the different parts of the body, face, neck, shoulders, back, abdomen, arms and legs. Mentally, you say to yourself about the following: "My body is absolutely relaxed, it is light and weightless and as if dissolved in space." I am calm and happy. " Then, during childbirth, your mind and body will be easier to enter into the right state. To enhance the effect of relaxation, you can use calm music, muffled light, aromas of essential oils - lavender, lemon balm or rosemary (if you get to know a doctor who will be taking births before you, you can take essential oils and a small tape recorder with you prenatal ward).
Imagination and wave music
Water is the most effective way to relieve pain in labor. We are not talking about waterbirth now, but only that during water struggles, water helps to relax: when a pregnant woman plunges into water, she almost does not feel her body, as water supports her bones and muscles, and this frees up energy for work the uterus. If you spend the first part of the birth at home, you can immerse yourself in a warm bath with strong battles: water "deceives" the mechanism of perception of pain, and immersion acts as a permanent massage of the entire body (it would take thousands of fingers to push all the receptors on the surface of the body that are stimulated when immersed in a bath). Some maternity homes allow you to take a shower - use this to relieve tension.
In general, the main task in childbirth is to open up. This implies not only the opening of the uterus, but also the "open state of the soul" - trust in everything that happens and love for your child. Invoke the imagination to the aid, imagine that your crotch opens like a flower bud, from the middle of which appears your baby. Trust the feeling that it's beautiful and easy. Cultivate a positive attitude toward childbirth, for example, with the help of this attitude: "I trust my body easily and without pain to give birth to a baby." Remember that the experience of the child in childbirth is much stronger than yours. If at some point you feel despair and despair, it means the same feelings, but much more strongly, your kid is going through. Try to cheer him up at this difficult moment, and not consider it a source of your torment. Imagine the baby strong, healthy, talk to him, call on him sooner to be born. Sometimes this simple method facilitates unpleasant sensations, gives new strength for the continuation of labor.
If you are ready to surrender to the will of imagination, try the exercise "Pack your pain": imagine the pain with a large cluster of sweet cotton wool and roll it into a small lump; wrap it in paper, tie it to a balloon and imagine, As the pain flies away from you on it far, far away.
The whole thing is in the right posture
The WHO recommendations say that every woman should decide freely which position to take during labor. Successfully selected posture removes most of the painful sensations.
- Most women prefer to walk, squat or stand leaning on the back of the bed, table or window sill during fights.
- You can make swinging movements with your hips, as if dancing. This dance helps to relax the perineum, relieves unpleasant sensations, helps to open the cervix.
- Perhaps the pose "on all fours" or sitting on a chair with widely divorced legs will be ideal for you.
- If you are tired and decided to lie down, the best posture is lying on your side with pillows under your chest and between your legs.
- Change the attitude towards pain.
Try to reconsider your attitude to the birth pain. Treat her not as an inevitable test, but as a good adviser. After all, it is the feeling of pain that will tell you when you need to relax, change your position, in order to find the most convenient position for passing the child through the birth canal.
In order to correctly respond to pain signals and be able to cope with them, you need knowledge about the course of birth, the nature of the birth experience, the possible options for behavior. The most effective way of preparing - special classes for pregnant women and their husbands. You will prepare yourself for the upcoming physical and psychological stress, Learn the techniques of relaxation and natural anesthesia. And most importantly - believe in the opportunity to give birth without suffering.