Regardless of your pain tolerance, it's completely logical to be nervous about the pain of labor and delivery. There's no question that it's a painful experience, and it's important to know how to mentally prepare for labor.
According to a Stanford University study, 71 percent of the participants opted for epidurals or other spinal anesthesia to ease the pain of childbirth. And since every human experiences pain differently, there's no way to know exactly how your body will react, especially if it's your first time giving birth.
"There are so many different factors that could contribute to pain felt during all stages of delivery," said Samantha Kropp, a certified doula, newborn care specialist and postpartum placenta specialist in Northern Wisconsin. "Pain tolerance is such a wide spectrum and honestly has so many factors involved since every single body is different."
Though medical pain management options such as epidurals are available, it's important to prepare for the magnitude of what you're