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what amount does childbirth hurt?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Variable: Childbirth can be quite painful. However, each childbirth a woman has can be quite different. My daughter had a small head - that was a relatively easy delivery compared to her brothers. Interventions like epidural anesthesia can really change the amount of pain that is felt.
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
Obstetrics and Gynecology 30 years experience
Varies: DSome women have very little pain with contractions in labor and need no pain medication, but most women do have pain and benefit from some type of pain control management such as IV drugs or and epidural. You should discuss your options with your doctor well before going into labor.

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Why do cramps hurt so much during childbirth?

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Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
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The pain varies: Most women have significant pain during labor due to the necessary stretching of the cervix and vagina to allow for parturition. The forces generated by the uterine contractions cause the pressure that manifests as labor pain.

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