A new study out of the UK suggests that swearing can help relieve pain when you hurt yourself. Of course childbirth itself wasn’t cited in the research project, but you figure if it helps when someone stubs their toe or falls down a flight of stairs… it is worth a try, right?
The doctor who overlooked the study with his students said:
The research proves that swearing triggers not only an emotional response, but a physical one too, which may explain why the centuries-old practice of cursing developed and why it still persists today.
Dr Richard Stephens, who worked on the project, said: ”Swearing has been around for centuries and is an almost universal human linguistic phenomenon.
”It taps into emotional brain centres and appears to arise in the right brain, whereas most language production occurs in the left cerebral hemisphere of the brain.
”Our research shows one potential reason why swearing developed and why it persists.”
What do you think?
Do you think that swearing or profanity would help with the pain during childbirth?
From my experience in the past, I can’t say that I sat around dropping the F bomb while I was in labor, but talking, as well as many other natural ways of dealing with pain were a great help getting through contractions.
So go ahead! Drop a couple f bombs while you are giving birth and see if it helps… it can’t hurt, right?
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