Our minds are so powerful and have the ability to bring us to such highs and such lows. This is also so true for labor. I personally believe that so much of pain perception comes from our thoughts and our minds ability to run with them and make them bigger than they might actually be. I believe this to be true because I have seen so many different versions of labor and find that women who learn to control their thoughts and go within themselves and have this unwavering faith about their body and its ability, have (what appears to be) an easier time birthing. The big problem here is that it takes a lot of practice and training to be able to go within, to be able to harness those thoughts and to have faith in yourself. As women we can be quite hard on ourselves and do not always give ourselves and our bodies the credit we deserve.
In labor it is great if you can have a quiet mind, it is great if you can go inward and just focus on the amazing journey you are on. Try to focus on the power and not on the pain as it will pass but the power of motherhood will live on forever. Trust in yourself and trust in your body. Practice meditation and self-love and you can help foster an amazing birth experience. That’s life, it’s full of highs and lows and it is how you handle the highs and lows that counts.