So here’s the truth: having a baby hurts. For some, it hurts less than they expected; for others, the sensation of labour can be a seismic shockwave of pain. But for all that, there are ways to harness your physiological—and psychological—response to the process. Here are 5 things not to do on the big day—that can make giving birth more difficult than it has to be.
‘Midwife’ is an age-old term with ancient origins—meaning “with woman”—but midwifery services are a thoroughly modern amenity when you’re expecting; and there’s more than one option from which to choose.
According to the NHS, around one in every four to five pregnant women in the UK has a C-section, with the percentage of babies born this way on a steady incline–last year’s stats up by 11% in 5 years. It’s far from an uncommon procedure; but it does have significant differences from natural birth: apart from the actual procedure, a major difference is the inherent disconnection between the mother and the physical birth process–but in the US, at least, that may be about to change.
Pregnancy can wreak total havoc on your body; but it’s not responsible for every change that happens postpartum – hard-to-lose baby weight (surprisingly) included.
While every birth story is momentous, not every one is the same. And it’s the unpredictable nature of just how your baby’s real world debut will play out that can make it all seem a little daunting.