When a mother is calm, her body will release Oxytocin more effectively.
What is Oxytocin? Oxytocin is the hormone which triggers her contractions and keeps them coming. Oxytocin is also known as the hormone of love. At the same time, a mother's body produces another hormone, prostaglandin, which helps softening the neck of your womb (the cervix) to help it to open up (dilate). This allows your baby to come through to be born. This is how a female body makes labour happen.
Her body does also produce its own painkillers, endorphins, to help her cope with labour. Endorphins not only reduce the pain she is feeling, they also reduce stress and make her feel good.
Unfortunately, fear upsets the amazing and complex process of labour. Fear, makes your body release another hormone, adrenaline. Adrenaline slows down the production of oxytocin. When a mother is feeling tense, her contractions are less efficient and she will feel more pain. Tension makes labour longer and more painful.
Being relaxed and calm is the key to coping with labour! A calm and patient birth partner is the key to help mum to stay calm!
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