I was teaching a Mindful Meditation class to a few expectant couples (I like small classes) last night and asked at the end of the class “After our discussion the process of labor, what are your thoughts about it?”
One father spoke up and said this ..
“When you break it down it looks manageable…”
And, yes, labor IS manageable.
In fact, any challenge is manageable when you break it down into small pieces, or “chunks” conquering one piece of the challenge at a time…
For example, contractions. Women are overwhelmed by “contractions” and believe they will be the most painful thing they ever experience. Media, online chat rooms on “pregnancy” websites, TV, even books can create enough fear in an expectant mom to make her hair fall out! Moms are overwhelmed thinking about all of this information accessible to them in an instant
All kidding aside, fear is being reinforced through these venues and it’s creating more unnecessary anxiety for pregnant moms.
So let’s break down the process of contractions in “chunks”.
- you ONLY have one at a time
- you ALWAYS have a break, or rest in between EACH one
- they become more and more commanding over time
- the longest contraction you’ll have will be in Transition, the last phase of the first stage of labor, getting ready for you to PUSH with contractions
- a contraction = the tightning of the uterine muscle. The muscle slowly tightens, then slowly relaxes creating a “wave” like sensation. Which means, only halk of the contraction will be challenging.
- “pain” is subjective. Your emotions can enhance your perseption of pain during a contraction
When you know the facts and how your body works during labor, you’ll be better armed to manage your labor experience. But if you continue to read information that overwhelms you, you’ll be more anxious, and possibly panic more.
Learn how to calm yourself as well as learning what the process of labor is and what YOU can do to manage it.
Birth Bold, Live Bold
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