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What to do if I have a really low pain tolerance. How can I cope with the pain of labor?

What to do if I have a really low pain tolerance. How can I cope with the pain of labor?

Many ways: First, remember the fantastic reward at the end - that gorgeous new baby. All kidding aside, try meditation with mental images of that special place, a sunrise, a great moment in your life. Then ask for pain medication and/or an epidural. In this day and age there is no reason to feel uncomfortable during labor. ...Read more

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Why do some people say they feel no pain in labor?

Why do some people say they feel no pain in labor?

Labor pain: It is because some people actually do not feel pain. Pain is very subjective. You have it if you think you have it. You are also likely to have it if you know that everyone else thinks you will have pain during labor. But there are a substantial number of women who can so tune into the natural, optimistic, exciting associations connected with labor that they do not tune into any pain sensations. ...Read more

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How do epidurals work to ease pain in labor?

How do epidurals work to ease pain in labor?

Nerve block: Epidurals block the nerves to the pelvis with an infusion of local anesthetic around the spinal cord. This blocks the pain signals from reaching the brain, thus eliminating the sensation of pain. A good epidural will block pain while preserving some motor function. A very dense epidural will completely eliminate pain, but will interfere with leg function to a greater degree. ...Read more

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I've heard nubain is a good alternative to an epidural for managing pain in labor. What's the difference?

I've heard nubain is a good alternative to an epidural for managing pain in labor. What's the difference?

Labor pain control: Nubain is a semi synthetic opiate that can be used for pain control. When a woman is pregnant, opiodes given systemically (oral, intravenous or intramuscular) in such doses that can cross the placenta to the fetus and cause decreased awakening, respiratory compromise at birth and with nobaine, may affect fetal monitoring. All these side effects with epidural are way less and pain better controlled. ...Read more

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Is it safe to drink raw grassfed milk while pregnant? And if so, can it ease or diminish the pain of labor?

Is it safe to drink raw grassfed milk while pregnant? And if so, can it ease or diminish the pain of labor?

Borderline: The testing of raw milk is a good, but not perfect, system. Your obstetrician will probably prefer that you stop. I do not know if the labopr pain question has been studied. ...Read more

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I'm 34 weeks today with 2nd child. Baby has been head down/engaged since 29 weeks. I'm feeling extreme vaginal pressure and some pain. Early labor?

I'm 34 weeks today with 2nd child. Baby has been head down/engaged since 29 weeks. I'm feeling extreme vaginal pressure and some pain. Early labor?

Call your OB's ofc: You need to speak with your ob's nurse or the OB and discuss your present symptoms. If you are in early labor, the chances of stopping it decrease as you get further into it. Chances of an nicu stay for baby are quite high at this point. ...Read more

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Left side of second toe is almost numb to touch with no tingling, paires with chronic lower back pain from labor work.

Left side of second toe is almost numb to touch with no tingling, paires with chronic lower back pain from labor work.

Pinched nerve: it could be a pinched nerve either locally or from your back. Your physician can help clarify or have you see a neurologist ...Read more