Your Amazing Body During Labor
There is so much focus on labor pain and the potential for things to go wrong, that we totally overlook the what is right and good about labor and what your body can do to help you through it. The more the focus shifts from fear to confidence and feeling secure about labor the better experiences moms-to-be will have.
Three areas come to mind as I think about what your body can do during labor:
- It can inhibit pain. Now this is really amazing! There are a couple of physical things in place to do this. One is the nervous system. When you move doing a contraction, lets say swaying from side-to-side as you have a contraction, the action of moving decreases pain. Mechanoreceptors (specific nerve cells) as you move are ignited and block, or inhibit pain signals going to the brain! When you stop moving the discomfort returns. You may have experienced this – have you ever burned your finger and then shook your hand and it felt better? Right? Then there are pressure points on the body to decrease pain.
- It can make you feel good! Yes, even during a contraction. When you are in a calm state mentally, emotionally, and physically, feel good hormones such as Endorphins, Serotonin, Melatonin rise and decrease Adrenalin which is the “fight or flight” hormone.
- It can “mirror” your emotions. This is really good news because depending on what you pay “attention” to you can change what you choose to focus on and your body will respond in kind. So, for example, if you focus on how much pain you experience during labor, the pain will magnify because you’re focused on it. You body will increase Adrenalin levels and you’ll feel more anxious and fearful. This will increase your pain. But if you use relaxation methods and focus on breathing and mental exercises like visualization, hypnosis, meditation, you’ll decrease your perception of pain, experience less pain intensity, and be in a calm state both emotionally and physically. Physically, your body responds to your emotions.
Now that’s amazing!
Birth bold, Lesly 🙂