All moms are heroes, no matter how they give birth

International drive to reduce number of unnecessary C-sections

Many mothers describe it as a hard-hitting, intense pain which comes in waves, placing immense pressure on the pelvis. “It feels like griping pains, like when you have the runs. They come and go, building in intensity, and when you have this pain in your belly, or back, or both, your bump goes rock hard,” one mother commented on a forum on UK website BabyCentre when she was asked to describe contractions.

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