Here's a step-by-step plan for dealing with pain, one stage of labor at a time.
One very special reader I'll call Katherine, is expecting her first baby this fall. She's creative, energetic and super smart. She has an eye for detail, a keen sense of style and just the teensiest tendency towards anxiety. She knows a lot about childbirth, has taken classes, studied everything Fit Pregnancy has to offer including everything I've written in the last few years. Katherine is about as prepared for parenthood as any reader I've ever had. And yet, she's worried labor will be so painful she'll lose her freakin' mind. And she wants to go natural if possible.
Part of the challenge is, Katherine read the Facebook comments answering the question: What did labor feel like to you? Here are a few that put Katherine just a wee bit on edge:
- I thought I was going to die.
- Felt like my body was about to break apart from the inside out
- Like a migraine for my entire torso. .