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How painful is labor?

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Dr. Miguel Cano
Obstetrics & Gynecology
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In brief: Not pain-free

Don't get suckered, labor hurts.
How different women cope with pain is what varies. It is possible to deliver without drugs or epidural but some women have added fears, anxiety, distrust, & misinformation which can add exponentially to the pain experience. Talk to your OB about options & your needs. Labor with family and/or friends who help and trust your OB provider - you'll be just fine.

In brief: Not pain-free

Don't get suckered, labor hurts.
How different women cope with pain is what varies. It is possible to deliver without drugs or epidural but some women have added fears, anxiety, distrust, & misinformation which can add exponentially to the pain experience. Talk to your OB about options & your needs. Labor with family and/or friends who help and trust your OB provider - you'll be just fine.
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