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Childbirth is the most beautiful and natural procedure known to mankind. With a child, a mother is born too. The moment a mother gets the news of her pregnancy emotional turmoil arises. Along with the indefinite amount of pleasure and bliss, she is haunted by ‘n’ number of questions, doubts and worries too. Everyone knows that childbirth hurts, a lot. But How bad will the pain get and What pain relief is available? And what actually happens in the labour room! These are some questions which give sleepless nights to the expecting mother.

Here leading experts reveal how much a childbirth actually hurts and, fortunately, it may not be as bad as you fear.

Cervix, the opening of the womb begins to dilate as the contractions strengthen.


When the cervix is dilated to a length of 10 cm, the frequency of the contractions increases.


The baby then goes through a series of frequent passive movements.


The process called Crowning.

It is the head which appears first. In laymen term, crowning can be explained as the appearance of the baby’s head out of the vagina.

The baby seems to almost wriggle out of his mother.

The baby continues to twist and head is followed closely by the baby’s shoulder and body,

The mucous plug will be passed.

Also known as the operculum, and commonly referred to as ‘the show’, the mucus plug sits at the neck of the cervix, Michelle Lyne professional education advisor at the Royal College of Midwives told Daily Mail Online. The mucus plug’s job is to seal with the womb and prevent infection reaching the uterus. As labor approaches, the plug softens and eventually either before or as labor starts it is passed through the vagina with the fluids when your waters break.

Situation might go out of hand sometimes!

The umbilical cord can get caught around you baby’s neck. It is alarming, but it doesn’t necessarily mean that the baby is being strangled by the cord. Your midwife might ask you to stop pushing for a while. Chances are there that you might suffer a tear down there in your vagina due to the constant stretching and pushing. In some of the cases, the doctor might choose to put an incision to make the opening wider and relieve the pressure. And sometimes, if you baby is in distress your doctor might decide to perform a C-Section. In the event it happens you must not consider this a failure. Have faith and trust your doctor. Choose the best for your child.

Credits: wittyfeed

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