As if childbirth weren't bad enough, some of us are unlucky enough to also suffer the living hell that is back labor; an intense pain in the lower back, usually caused by the position of your baby's head, that'll leave you thinking your baby planned their escape route via your spine. I'll admit, birth in and of itself seems like the punchline in a cosmic joke, trying to fit something so big out of something so small, but back labor really proves the childbirth gods hate you.
Unfortunately you can't predict whether or not you will suffer from back labor although there are ways to attempt to alleviate the symptoms of intense pain and overwhelming discomfort. Some women swear that changing positions, walking around, getting on all fours, and using a balance ball or asking a partner to apply counter pressure can help. Massage, applying heat pads, hydro therapy using jets of water or just getting in a warm bath can also help to reduce the symptoms, Of course, you can always ask for that blessed epidural, too.
So, if you end up being in the estimated 25% of women who suffer from the dreaded back pain associated with a baby who is not sitting in quite the right spot in your pelvis, you too will know these reasons why back labor is just the worst. At least you can say you're not alone?