Ok, mamas, how many of you have envisioned the way you want to give birth? I am sure all of you have. For me, I envisioned an unmedicated and all natural birth. I had figured that so many women before me had done it without a pain relievers, so why couldn’t I? I titled this post, “Motherhood-The Pains of Childbirth. It’s No Joke” because that is the honest to God truth! Bringing a child into this world is nothing short of painless and easy.
Again, I am sharing from personal experience and I know that every woman has gone through their own journey of childbirth. No matter how you brought your child into this world, pain meds or not, hospital or home birth, it is an incredible experience and feat that no one can take from you.
Can I just say how incredibly creative God is to have intricately designed the woman’s body to do such an amazing and miraculous thing!
Just thinking about growing a human being inside of my body amazes me and all glory goes to our Creator!
Ok, so the truth behind an unmedicated childbirth.
Like I said above, it is no joke the amount of pain that a woman’s body can withstand and go through during this incredible time. Many women I have talked to since having our son have said, “oh I could never do it without pain meds or an epidural”, and the truth is, is that, you can, and your body is capable, the question is, are you mentally strong enough to withstand that pain?
Remember, God created our bodies to give birth. Now are there circumstances that require intervention? Absolutely, and I am so thankful that there are doctors and nurses who know what they are doing. However, if you are a healthy woman and have a healthy pregnancy and you want a natural and unmedicated birth, you can do it!
If you go into it knowing that it may be the most painful thing you may ever experience, and are willing to push through it, you can 100% make it happen.
Yes, you will have to be mentally and physically strong but have faith in yourself and your body that you can do it! And reminding yourself that the pain will end and you will meet your baby when the pain is over! How amazing is that?!:)
The unknowns are what makes it hard too. Not knowing how long your labor is going to be or when your contractions will actually being. Sometimes these times can be the hardest because you are in the thick of it.
Below are 3 things that helped me get through the pain.
- Praying & reciting bible verses– knowing that the Lord created my body to be able to do this and praying through the pain helped me get through a lot of those painful contractions.
- Reminding myself that the pain would end!– I knew that the pain would eventually end and we would be able to meet our son. I just needed to be patient and remind myself that on the other side of pain would be our beautiful little boy!
- Finding a position that worked for me– I found that being on all fours over an exercise ball on the bed was the most comfortable position for me. You will have to find what works for you and go with it.
In all honesty, there is nothing that can truly prepare you for childbirth. Yes, there are absolutely techniques, methods, and positions that can help, but until you are in it, you just can’t truly describe it.
This is not to discourage you from wanting and unmedicated birth! These are things I wish I had known and want other mamas to be in the know too:)
Remember, your body was created for childbirth! You CAN do it if you tap into yourself mentally and physically and do what needs to be done.
Don’t ever let someone tell you that you can’t do it naturally and unmedicated, if in your heart that is what you want. Prove them wrong and in turn you will prove to yourself how strong (mentally and physically) you truly are!
“When a woman is giving birth, she has sorrow because her hour has come, but when she has delivered the baby, she no longer remembers the anguish, for joy that a human being has been born into the world.”- John 16:21
Tuck the above verse away! Memorize it for when you are going through the pain. There is JOY on the other side of the pain:)
Good luck, mama!