Let’s face it, giving birth hurts

Contractions are when the muscles of your uterus tighten up. Contractions are painful. Often you feel the pain in your lower abdomen, but it may also radiate to your lower back and thighs. The pain during the delivery is different for every woman as well as the way she copes with it.

It is important to find a way to cope with the contractions that suits you. Changing positions regularly may ease the pain. Warmth also often works miracles. Sometimes the pain is too strong and you are in need of medication.


Watch the film ‘Jouw bevalling: Hoe ga je om met de pijn?’ in which mothers tell you what their expectations were, how they prepared themselves for labour and how their delivery went.

Lab rats

Would you like to see how men experience labour pain? Watch the video of lab rats Dennis and Valerio.

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