Labour: Pleasurable Pain for a Few and Painful Pleasure for Many
“Patience is the first lesson your baby will teach you.”
Normal delivery is not as scary as you think. There will be pain, definitely, and labour will hurt, but it is not as bad as shown in movies, or as family and friends explain it to us. To me, it felt like menstrual pain that was more painful than normal, but not excruciating. Trust me…your body and baby will know when the time is right”
I was in a hospital for the routine check-up and all of a sudden, I got the feeling to pee which turned out to be a ‘show’. Once you notice a blood-mixed discharge or water, it is a sign that the real labour is about to start. I started getting the contractions after 10 minutes of the show. Thank God, as my mom was there for me and as a usual Indian hubby, my husband was ‘out of station’. There was no pain in between the contractions. Each contraction lasted only a minute. The mouth of the uterus (cervix) just started to open.
The nurse advised me to walk and climb staircases if I wanted it to be a normal delivery. I didn’t want to give up. I walked as much as I could. The exercises which I did in the last trimester helped me to get through this stage smoothly. Many people may face difficulty in the 12-16 hours of cervix dilation. Luckily, during that time, my uterus opened enough. There were some exercises which helped me a lot.
Exercises That Helped Me
- Butterfly exercise
- Squatting by holding a table (Try to use an Indian style toilet throughout your last trimester as it is like doing squat)