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Does Labor Hurt?

Does labor hurt? Why yes, it certainly does.

You’ll hear many different stories from many different moms who talk about their own labor experiences, and one thing you’ll notice is that everyone has a different take on the subject. Some women will tell tales of horrible, gut-wrenching pain that they never forgot while other women will tell you that while there was some painful moments, for the most part everything was tolerable.

Where will you land in the pain spectrum when it comes to your labor? Chances are you will probably land somewhere in the middle. Labor is going to hurt – there is no doubt about that – but how much it hurts will depend on a lot of things:

1. Your tolerance for pain

2. Your labor

3. Any pain reduction methods you use

When I was in labor I remember thinking to myself, “Wow, this really hurts!” which turned into “Holy moley, I don’t know how much more of this I can take!” which eventually became “This hurts so much I will do anything to get this baby out of me NOW.”

Honestly, getting a tattoo on my tongue while getting continously whacked with a hot poker would have probably hurt less.

The thing about labor pain, though, is that it results in a baby and that’s what makes it tolerable. Plus – at least for me – once the labor was over the really bad pain was completely gone.

So don’t worry too much about how much labor is going to hurt. Yes, it’s going to hurt, but the pain goes away quickly and it’s all worth it. No amount of worry is going to make it hurt any less (in fact it will probably make it hurt more), so try not to dwell on it.

Labor hurts, but after you’re done with it, all other pain seems like a cakewalk.


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