3 reasons why women forget the pain of childbirth

Posted on June 25th, 2019

The reality is that labour does hurt, but here’s why the pain of childbirth can become a distant memory for some women. By Lijeng Ranooe

Why women forget pain of labour and childbirth

While most moms would agree that labour is painful, studies have shown that over time, 50% of women remember childbirth as being less intense than it really was.

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Here are some factors that contribute to the recollection of labour pain.

The halo effect

The joy and relief of having delivered a healthy baby and the bond created at the moment of holding a child for the first time is known as the halo effect. It’s not that the discomfort has gone away, but the happiness felt after labour and that the baby is healthy precedes the pain.

The overall experience

The overall experience of labour plays a major role in the memory of the childbirth, where pain is only one component. The more comfortable you are, the less likely the memory of the pain will last.

Health conditions

If women have any health complications that can affect the labour process, they can be more nervous than other moms-to-be. In turn, this fear can contribute to the overall experience of childbirth, particularly if these conditions make the delivery more painful.

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The research also showed that women who had epidurals remembered the pain more intensely than women who didn’t.


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