One of the first things many women start to consider when they become pregnant is their birthing experience. Deciding whether or not to use pain medication was a big choice for me and other mothers I know. It's not an easy decision, since there are pros and cons to both scenarios. What it comes down to is how having an unmedicated birth affects your body and how that's different from receiving pain management during delivery. Once you've learned all the facts, it may be easier to make your choice.
Although the benefits of each method appeals to everyone differently, there are some perks to going the unmedicated route. As the website for Baby Center pointed out, "a natural, unmedicated approach to labor and birth will suit you best if you want to remain in control of your body as much as possible, be an active participant throughout labor, and have minimal routine interventions such as continuous electronic monitoring." This also means your body is going to feel every bit of what happens during labor, but don't worry, your body has its own way to help handle the pain.
To better understand what goes down when giving birth with no medication, here are seven ways your body manages an unmedicated birth.