If you’re pregnant and have been reading up on what you can expect from labour (Apart from a baby in your arms at the end of it), you might have found many things. But you might not have heard of moms shaking uncontrollably during labour. Some moms have it so bad that they won’t even be able to get a word out of their mouths because of teeth-clattering. We don’t want you to think this is abnormal or is a result of some complications because it is in fact totally normal. Here’s the breakdown of why and how labour shakes happen :
One word - Hormones. Most things that happen during pregnancy are a result of hormones. And we’re not talking about estrogen and testosterone that you are quite popular. There are several others like thyroid, adrenaline, epinephrine, norepinephrine, insulin and so on that affect a lot of your bodily functions. Just small and subtle alterations in the hormonal levels can translate into several physical and mental changes. From something as simple as how often you pee to how you handle stress, anxiety, and regulation of heartbeat, all of them are controlled by hormones.
In the same way, labour shakes are also a result of hormonal changes, adrenaline response, and temperature. But every woman is different and so are their hormones. You might or might not experience labour shakes and either way, it’s okay. The hormone oxytocin is responsible for uterine contractions during labour, along with you might also notice muscle contractions in the legs, arms, back, and feet. Added to this mix are the chemical changes happening in your body and other hormones which are going crazy and the stress of giving birth, which result in uncontrollable shaking, vomiting, sweating and even itching.
You might be wrapped in blankets to help your muscles relax or in extreme cases, medications are also administered to take care of the shakes but this is, of course, the last resort. If an epidural is administered to the woman, one might think that these shakes are a side effect of the epidural which is actually not the case. And neither does the temperature of the room comes into play.