The strength of birth pain differs significantly from woman to woman. The pain intensity is partly conditioned by your mental condition. If you are frightened or tense, the pain will be stronger. Therefore, the pregnant woman has to take relaxation exercises and courses for painless birth.
You may not need anything to relieve pain during your childbirth, but if you do, different methods can be applied.
If you feel pain in the first stage of childbirth, you will get an injection – usually in the thigh – a painkiller. The drug is not given in later stages because it can disrupt the breathing of the baby.
A common and quicker way to relieve pain after the first and during the second stage is inhalation of a combination of nitrogen oxide (gas) and oxygen (air) from the cylinder attached to the mask that the mother holds on her face whenever pain relief is needed. Gas works after 20 to 30 seconds, so the mother should inhale at the beginning of the labour, and not when the pain reaches the peak. Do not inhale too much because the gas will make you sleepy and you will not be able to hold the mask for a long time.
Vaginal pains can be relieved by local anesthetic that is injected into vaginal tissues. Anesthetics is often applied before delivery with a forceps or episiotomy.
In many hospitals so-called epidural anesthesia is applied, i.e. injecting of anesthetics in the base of the spine for temporary ”stunning” of the nerve descending into the lower part of the body, so you will not feel anything. However, if anesthesia is applied at the end of the first stage,you may not be able to push out the child, so the birth must be completed with the forceps.