38. No pain, no gain?
Rubbish! You’re going to need some pain relief, so what can you get? Here are the pros and cons of relaxation techniques, gas and air, pethedine, TENS and epidurals.
There is no doubt about it, giving birth hurts. It is not ‘discomfort’, ‘intensity’ or any of the other euphemisms beloved of books and articles on childbirth; it is pain.
Women who are not expecting birth to be painful may panic during labour, or feel like failures as they accept pain-relieving drugs. It is being prepared, and how you react to and deal with the pain you experience, that makes the difference between your labour being a manageable, empowering experience and an ordeal.
Each woman experiences the pain of labour differently. Some women cope ...