When a woman talks about labor pain and childbirth, you listen hard when you're pregnant. You want to know what it takes to bring a human being into this world. Many wish they're like the women who don't feel any pain until they're almost fully dilated.
Most of the time though, you'll hear moms describe labor pain as "masakit," "sobrang sakit," or "grabeng sakit." Attach a superlative word you can think of to sakit or pain, and that's it.
Here are more detailed descriptions, according to the moms of Smart Parenting Village:
"Just like really terrible dysmenorrhea, only it spreads from lower navel to above belly button, and it only happens every few minutes like clockwork. The wait between contractions makes things even worse, because you brace for pain when there's no pain, and you wait for peace when there's pain. Crazy."
— Ethel Uy, mom of one.
"Almost the same feeling as LBM, but bolder, and not the 'sharp' kind of pain. [Contractions] became frequent and more like 'sinasapak from within' with a full fist. Another similar feeling would be the first hard mid-center pull when having a Brazilian wax pero paulit-ulit." — Bea Patricia Jalandoni labored for 22 hours but delivered son Frederick Johann, now age 1, via emergency CS.
"[It's like] ten kids stepping on your back plus menstrual cramps plus LBM plus tension headaches and a bad toothache!" — Sunshine SG, mom to Antonio Luis, age 1
"A thousand times dysmenorrhea!" — Diane dela Rosa, mom to Alejandro Olivier Sotol, age 1
"The contractions were tolerable. Parang kinukuryente ng light, 'yung ngimay kuryente type. The contractions plus dilation were a whole different story. Parang LBM na menstrual cramping na na-food poison." — Juno Ang Cordero, mom to daughter, Elisha, 7 months
"Contractions were like your worst dysmenorrhea. [It] felt like a wound that's repeatedly cut with a burning sensation, and you just want the baby out for the contractions to stop. I had epidural when I couldn't take it anymore, which made it bearable. But the dilation didn't progress any further so naging emergency CS na. I think the same ang sakit ng labor contractions sa first poop and ihi after delivery." — Bless Mandapat, mom to Margaux Lyanna, 4 months
"A pain you want to end! Kahit normal delivery ka, gusto mong mag-CS na to end the pain. Kahit sabihin na wag mo muna iiri, iiri ka ng iiri kasi ang gusto mo mailabas mo na para matapos na ang sakit. Not a tolerable pain. Pinakamatinding pain na na-experience ko in my whole life." — Jane Bodiola, mom to daughter Grane, 11, and son Gane, 4
Pain is an important part of childbirth. It's your body telling you to push so you can help your baby who's inching his or her way out of the birth canal. But there also is nothing wrong with asking and receiving medication to manage or alleviate the pain. We say listen to your body and your doctor.
This story originally appeared on Smartparenting.com.ph.
* Minor edits have been made by the Femalenetwork.com editors.