How painful is labor at the beginning?
The contractions that initiate labor may initially be cramping pains, similar to period pains, felt in the abdomen, back, or thighs. Later, the contractions can feel like a belt that gets tighter and tighter and then loosens again.
Is the pain of childbirth bearable?
During childbirth, there is the option of receiving pain-relieving medication or an epidural anesthetic (Epidural Anesthesia) (EPA), which ensures that the pain of childbirth is no longer felt. Statistics show that around a third of all women who give birth in a hospital opt for an epidural.
What does labor during the opening phase feel like?
At the beginning of the opening contractions, you may notice that the contractions are getting stronger and longer. In addition to abdominal hardening, women often feel a pulling pain in the groin, lower abdomen, and/or back.
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