04 October, 2019

Childbirth Experience: What Does It Feel Like and Other Things to Consider

Ask recent mothers how they feel about giving birth to a new life, and their responses might range from “Overwhelming” and “Inexplicable” to “Amazing” and “Painful”. However, these responses are confined to emotions and don’t acquaint you with the physical experiences they undergo while giving birth.

Several women are anxious about the childbirth experience and wonder what it actually must feel like. Through this article, we will take you through the journey of physiological and emotional changes that take place before, during and after birth. But before we do that, we will explain to you the two most commonly implemented methods for childbirth; vaginal and caesarean.

Vaginal Delivery

In this kind of delivery, the baby is born out of the birth canal. Although it is difficult to guess when a woman might go into labour, delivery occurs between 38-41 weeks of pregnancy. Most of the gynaecologists suggest that it is better to go for vaginal birth unless there is a medical reason for not doing so.

Some of the benefits of vaginal delivery are:

  • Low chances of infection
  • Shorter stay at the hospital
  • Fast recovery
  • Babies do not have respiratory problems

Cesarean (C-Section) Delivery

If/whenever there are complications with vaginal delivery, cesarean is opted for. It involves delivering a baby by the surgical incision of a mother’s uterus and abdomen. During unavoidable circumstances and risks posed to the mother or baby, C-section is planned in advance.

Given below are the situations in which doctors might choose a cesarean way of giving birth

  • Baby’s is in the breech – position indicates the bottom first or sideways
  • Low placenta in the uterus that covers the cervix
  • Baby with heavyweight
  • Twins/Triplets
  • Fibroid and/or other obstructions

Early Labour Phase

“I think I am getting a contraction.” This is quite common to hear from mothers during early labour phase. This kind of labour contractions might put you in the state of sudden attention and you might feel that the mid-section is hardening up. It usually happens due to the contraction of uterus followed by dull/sharp lower back pain.

However, these contractions last less than a minute. Even if you feel uncomfortable or uneasy during these contractions, focus on your breathing and they will die down eventually. You will feel normal thereafter. Some other sensations you may experience are:

  • Intestinal cramps or diarrhoea
  • Sudden bursts of energy
  • Anxiety
  • Excitement
  • Bodily tension
  • Fear
  • Fatigue/Sleepiness
  • Fear

Active Labour Phase

This is a time when you are likely to experience contractions more frequently and intensely. Often expressed as “tight squeeze” felt around your midsection, these contractions might last longer and feel a little more painful than the ones experienced during passive contractions.

Other sensations experienced during this time include:

  • Irregular breathing patterns
  • Nausea
  • Lack of Hunger
  • Moaning during contractions
  • Back pain
  • Mouth going dry
  • Tiredness
  • Anxiety

Transition from Contractions

In this short phase, the number of contractions increases in frequency and intensity. They are longer and come closer together. The breaks in between become shorter, which can make the process difficult. Other sensations include:

  • Feelings of Panic
  • Feeling like “I can’t do this anymore”
  • Pressure on vagina/anal region
  • Knowing that the end is close


The process of pushing is an intense part of labour and involves a lot of physical strain to eventually make the mother feel exhausted. Pushing might come along with the following sensations:

  • Pressure in the pelvic area
  • Feeling like going to the loo
  • Excitement
  • Stretching the whole crowning
  • Exhaustion
  • Being disappointed for not being able to push enough
  • Losing patience
  • Relief after baby’s birth

Postpartum Period

The process of giving birth can be difficult. And hence, the immediate postpartum period comes with several emotional and physical feelings including

  • The feeling of being overwhelmed
  • Tenderness in the perineum if the area is stitched
  • Detachment/Thoughtlessness
  • Chattering teeth/Clenching jaws
  • Muscle Soreness
  • Swelling in vagina/Vulva

Baby Blues and Getting Over Them

Usually, the baby blues go away on their own. But if they linger for a longer time, here’s what you can do to feel better:

  • Get as many hours of sleep as you can.
  • Ask someone in the family to watch your baby while you take some time out for self-care.
  • Practice mindfulness and meditation as and when you can
  • Talk to your doctor and connect with other moms as it might help answer a lot of your questions.
  • Stay away from alcohol or an overdose of caffeine as they can give you mood swings, making it hard to take care of your baby.

Winding Up

We hope that the above information will help you get over the labour pain easily. It is always good to avail literature on childbirth or ask questions to your doctor about the process of labour. Have you heard a similar description of the process of childbirth from someone? Feel free to share with us.

*Information shared here is for general purpose Please take doctors’ advice before taking any decision.


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27 December, 2022

Tips for dealing with postpartum vaginal discharge

Lochia, or the vaginal discharge that a woman’s body produces following childbirth, is expected to last for a few days to weeks after delivery. After birth, the rapid flow of blood and mucus begins. For the first 2-3 days after birth, the bleeding will be severe and contain blood clots. However, after a few days, the flow will gradually decrease to spotting before stopping entirely. When the uterus recovers after a few weeks, the flow colour can change from dark red to brown, then yellowish-white. It’s an unavoidable and inevitable occurrence, and the only thing you can do is wait for it to end. It continues to decrease in volume before entirely ending. Here are a few essential tips to keep you prepared for this postpartum vaginal discharge.  Pile up with sanitary napkins and replace them regularly. You’ll need big pads with a lot of absorption potential in the first few days. Maintaining strict sanitation and keeping your private parts washed will help you prevent more postpartum infections. To keep away the infections, avoid having tampons or menstrual cups. Empty the bladder regularly, even if you don’t have the urge. This will relieve you.  Medications that thin the blood, such as aspirin and ibuprofen, should
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17 November, 2022

Taking care of mental wellbeing during pregnancy

Pregnancy often is a happy and joyous phase to treasure and cherish. It brings a mix of feelings for you, and not all of them are good. Few thoughts might even trigger the mental health that might disturb you so much during and after the pregnancy. It’s just as important to look at your mental wellbeing and health during pregnancy as your physical health.  For your safe and happy pregnancy, a happy lifestyle is crucial. However, it is good to notice your mood drifts to identify the problems in the early stages.  What can you usually experience?  While mood swings are common during pregnancy, continuous and long down moments are not good. Take a look at the durations you are down.  Feeling fear or anxiety all the time about your baby or pregnancy.  Having negative thoughts about your life, pregnancy and relation  Feeling burdened with unknown pressure in your mind can relate to the stress of pregnancy but requires attention.  Common mental problems experienced during pregnancy  Depression during Pregnancy “During pregnancy, the symptoms of depression such as changes in sleep, appetite, and energy levels are often difficult to distinguish from the regular experiences of pregnancy.“ says Diana Carter, MBBS Xanthoula Kostaras, BSc. In her recent publication, she mentioned that up to 70% of women report
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20 November, 2021

5 easy ways to reduce stress during pregnancy

No matter how happy you are about your pregnancy, stress during the pregnancy phase is unavoidable. Most of the time, it is because of the hormones that play around. But there are a lot of other factors that account to stress. Managing stress during pregnancy is an efficient way to enjoy your pregnancy period.  Knowing the changes and accepting them happening to your body will help you best during this phase. However, know more efficient ways to reduce stress during pregnancy.  Here are the 5 easy ways to reduce stress during pregnancy.  Eat well and sleep well must be a routine  Nothing can replace the best benefits of proper food and sound sleep. Ensure that you follow a balanced diet with all the necessary supplements that your body needs and take enough rest. A night of proper sleep will make your day brighter and keep you comparatively in a cheerful mood. Rest when you are tired. Do not overdo during pregnancy. A perfect routine for food and sleep will ease up your hormones.  Surround yourself with positive energy. Talk to your friends and family. Pregnancy can put you through a lot of thoughts. It will make you think about the least possible negativity. Well, these are the instincts of the mother to safeguard her child. So
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