Our bodies are fascinating. You can alter your very own pain threshold in your brain by just doing this one thing.
I’ve applied it to my last three pregnancies and I can vouch for its legitimacy. So how did I master my pain relief during childbirth?
Using Your Brain for Pain Relief During Childbirth
Your brain is constantly evolving and adapting to your environment, influences, and your thoughts. You essentially control everything flowing through your own noggin’.
But even the physical things we do changes how our brain functions too. So what does this mean for pain?
- There are things on the surface of our brain cells called receptors.
- Some receptors are specific to reaching and grabbing onto opiates.
- Opiates are wonderful molecules that relieve pain. Which is why many artificial drugs are classified as opiates, like morphine.
You have very natural opiate molecules too, like endorphins. They’re floating around your blood stream and through your body all the time.
- The more opiate receptors you have, the easier it is for you to find pain relief or just overall lower pain levels everyday.
- The less opiate receptors you have, the more extreme your pain is perceived and experienced.
So how do you get more opiate receptors?
Increasing Opiate Receptors Naturally
No medical procedure can into your brain and physically place more receptors on your brain cells. It just doesn’t work that way.
Sure, prescribing a drug to block pain temporarily may seem like the solution. But flooding the brain doesn’t last. Helping our body build itself for a more permanent solution will.
So what’s the solution?
It’s even beneficial two fold.
- Exercise increases your endorphins.
- Exercise increases your opiate receptors.
So it’s a positive double whammy at the same time. Choosing to exercise naturally boosts your endorphins which are also picked up more with the increase in your receptors.
It’s like having cake and eating it too–not really. 🙂 But you see what I mean.
Now this doesn’t happen overnight. But you can train your brain to do exactly what you want it to before you have your baby.
Train Your Brain
I know that getting up and moving when you’re completely exhausted from growing a little human can be like asking to move a mountain.
When you chip away at moving that mountain each and every day, even for just 15 minutes, it will gradually move.
It will get easier.
Just 15 minute a day.
The earlier you start, the better.
When you go into your pregnancy physically fit, go through it with mostly the same routines, and push to the end without quitting….you have trained your brain.
- You spend all this time training your mind to overcome the fear of childbirth.
- You spend time training your body to relax through our labor.
- You devote countless hours of training (more like practicing) how to push out the baby.
But are you training your brain?
Luckily, if you’re already doing what you should with even just easy exercises, you’re already training your brain.
But if you’re not moving enough, your brain is learning what you want it to.
Just 15 Minutes
Kegels aren’t going to do it. Most light anaerobic exercise won’t do it.
You’ve got to get your heart pumping for at least 15 minutes per day–hiking, running, aerobics, whatever.
Now if you miss a few days a week, it’s not the end of the world. But I’m not saying you need to be out there running marathons or biking hundreds of miles.
I’m talking about REAL exercise that gets the blood pumping and lasts.
- Even if you’re just walking, do it for 15 minutes.
- Then tomorrow, add a little hill to walk up.
- Then the next day, go 5 minutes more.
- If you’re doing body fit for extra strength, add on a few pounds to your kettle bell.
It doesn’t completely matter what you’re doing, just as long as you ARE doing something. Then your brain will change more and more the closer you get to delivery.
Once you’re in the thick of it, you’ll have so many receptors ready to receive those endorphins you’re pumping out during the stages of labor, that things won’t seem like extreme pain, but strong ebbs and flows of energy.
That’s all it takes to physically prepare your brain. You’re working on everything else, just keep the powerhouse of your body strong too.
Now, have you mastered what to do with your mind? If you’re mind isn’t prepared either, it will just counteract what the physical side of your brain is trying to do. If you don’t have power over your mind, thoughts and emotions, it may just win against your actual brain.
Just remember, it’s PROVEN scientifically that your body has more natural pain relief when you exercise. Are you ready to get off the couch now?
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