What It Actually Feels Like To Give Birth Without An Epidural

The Peak Of Pain

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The transition phase is undeniably the most painful part of birth but is often the shortest stage lasting between 30 minutes to two hours. The pain and sensations during transition can often be so intense that it can be uncomfortable to move, let alone push. It can also be emotionally taxing and a time when women often feel they are not capable of coping. However, these are all normal reactions and a sign that baby will soon arrive. This is a good time to follow your body’s lead and surrender to the pain. When you let your body do the work, some of the rectal pressure you are feeling can be relieved as the baby descends. Having the benefit of feeling what your body is telling you to do can give you insight into the progression happening within your body.

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