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8 Things That Are More Painful Than Childbirth, According To Mums And Scientists


1. Kidney Stones

Kidney stones form in your urinary tract and have to be passed. This means that the stone, either whole or broken into bits, will need to come out—usually through the bladder, but potentially through surgery. Symptoms of kidney stones can include:

  • Fever
  • Sweating
  • Chills
  • Back pain
  • Constant urge to urinate
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting

A woman’s body is not designed to birth kidney stones, but it is designed to birth a baby.

2. Broken Bones

Breaking a bone sounds painful, though obviously not all broken bones are the same. Some are serious and require large casts for long periods of time, and some might involve surgery and placing hardware like pins and screws into your body.

One bone could hurt more than another because of the location of the break or the type of break. Also, consider how often you use the area that is broken. For example, a broken rib might ache every time you take a breath, whereas a small finger fracture might be fairly well stabilized and not as painful once it’s in a splint or cast.

Some broken bones can mean weeks or months of treatment. Typically, even a really long labor is rarely longer than a day.

3. Toothache

This one cropped up a number of times, with a Mumsnet member saying: ‘I cope well with most things (even though I consider myself a wimp) but I would choose childbirth over toothache ANY DAY. I didn’t have the easiest of births, either.’ The dullness and the fact that is constant is said to be the main factor in why toothache is considered one of the worst pains a human has to endure.

4. Migraine Headaches

Michelle W said of migraines: ‘I get migranes and most I can handle but on a few occasions it has been worse than labour for me and when my back goes into spasm.’ Like childbirth, migraines can have a range of severity, with some being so agonising that patients have fainted or been admitted to hospital.

Some people who have migraine headaches wind up losing hours or days to debilitating symptoms like:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Light sensitivity
  • Visual disturbances

Many people with migraines wind up taking prescription pain medication to both prevent and treat these symptoms.

5. Gout

A severe case of gout can be agony (Picture: Getty) According to a US survey, over two thirds of gout sufferers deemed the pain as the worst imaginable. And gout sufferer Martin Kettle wrote in The Guardian that his female GP, a mother of four, confirmed that ‘gout was indeed a worse pain than childbirth.’

An intense gout attack can leave sufferers writhing in agony and unable to even let a bedsheet touch the affected area (most commonly the big toe). Walking or wearing a sock or shoe is most definitely out of the question. Having personally suffered this one, I can add my personal account that, while I’ve never had a baby, gout is by far the worst pain I have endured.



6. Surgery

Surgery is something that is obviously painful for most people. Though some surgeries are more involved than others, they frequently involve cutting tissue, muscles, or organs, or moving internal structures to get to the part of the body that requires surgery.

Think about a heart surgery that requires the sternum to be cracked and removed to just get to the heart. You can imagine that the pain from this would last for weeks and maybe months, often requiring therapy to help manage.

Surgeries that involve the use of laparoscopy are less painful than surgeries where a larger incision is made. While both have elements of pain, some may last longer depending on the type of surgery, the location of the incision or surgery, and the health of the individual.

7. Bladder Infections and Urinary Tract Infections (UTI)

Bladder infections and urinary tract infections can cause a lot of pain, including:

  • Burning
  • Frequent urge to urinate
  • Back pain or lower abdomen and sides
  • Blood in urine
  • Fever

These infections are not a picnic, and sometimes just being pregnant can increase your chances of getting a bladder infection.

8. Induced Labor

It would be remiss not to mention that induced labor is a source of pain that can be potentially worse than your standard spontaneous labor. This is because your body is quickly thrown into labor using medicine, rather than through a slow build up.

Other means may be required to mitigate the risks of the induction method used. These interventions can add to the pain, either because of the actual procedure, restrictive movement or by inducing fear, which can increase the pain. Talk to your practitioner and choose interventions that can alleviate these side effects.

Methods for Coping With Labor

The good news is that there are a lot of ways to cope with pain during labor. There are methods that involve using:

  • Relaxation
  • Movement
  • Water
  • IV medications
  • Epidural anesthesia

There aren’t any wrong or right choices, just personal ones.

Source: http://metro.co.uk, verywellfamily.com


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Giving Birth To A Baby Boy Can Be More Painful Than Delivering A Baby Girl

The sheer memory of being in labor can make moms run in another direction. At the same time, it’s also true that most moms will go through such extreme pain so that their little one gets the gift of life. But did you know the sex of your baby might impact the intensity of your labor pain? A recent study reveals that giving birth to baby boy can hurt more as compared to delivering a little girl.

What does research say about giving birth to baby boy?

The journal Pediatric Research published an article based on a study that was conducted by San Cecilio Clinical Hospital of Granada and a team of researchers from the University of Granada (UGR). Javier Diaz Castro and Julio Ochoa Herrera were the chief researchers of this study. For this research, they worked together with the Department of Physiology at UGR.

Giving birth to baby boy can hurt more

The research, the first of its kind, aimed to find out whether giving birth to baby boy is more painful than giving birth to a baby girl.

Researchers studied 56 pregnant, perfectly healthy moms. Of the 56 pregnancies, 27 turned out to be boys while 29 were girls. After childbirth the doctors studied the damage to these moms’ bodies. They found that the biomolecules of moms who had delivered baby girls showed less damage. The study thus revealed that male births are more painful.

Javier Diaz Castro and Julio Ochoa Herrera feel that this analysis has opened up an interesting area of study that talks about the correlation between the gender of newborns and possible risks involved, its effect on life expectancy and the development of diseases.

Why giving birth to baby boy is more painful compared to delivering baby girls

Based on the study, the researchers concluded that the gender of your baby can influence the childbirth. They explain the reasons behind this difference:

One possible reason could be because females have a better ability to deal with stress. The enzymatic systems found in females are more mature when they are ready to be born. It leads to creating a barrier, which in turn helps in preventing cell damage. Females possess a certain defensive antioxidant that is better than what is found in males. This leads to less oxidative damage to cell membranes at the time of birth. And this optimises cellular metabolism as well.

From a pregnant mom’s perspective, this means less inflammation and less painful labor and childbirth.

Giving birth to baby boy: other risks involved

Dr. Petra Verburg of the Robinson Research Institute at the University of Adelaide in Australia shares: “The sex of the baby has a direct association with pregnancy complications.”

Here’s what various studies say about the possible complications when giving birth to baby boy.

  • Baby boys may be born earlier than the due date. This in itself leads to many complications for the baby.
  • Baby boys are more likely to be born preterm. The odds of male babies being born between the 20th and 24th week of pregnancy are 27 percent higher. Whereas chances of baby boys born between the pregnancy weeks 30 and 33 is 24 percent higher. Furthermore, baby boys being born between the 34th and 36th week of pregnancy is 17 percent higher.
  • Pregnant moms carrying baby boys are more prone to gestational diabetes, pre-eclampsia, and high blood pressure at the time of delivery.

Sources: The Sun, WebMD