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The one constant in these depictions (neither typical, by the way), funny or dramatic, is intense physical pain on the part of the laboring person. Researchers aren’t exactly sure why, but studies have shown that pain tolerance (like so much else, it seems) is in part rooted in one’s genetics. They include using an instrument called a “dolorimeter,” the cold pressor test, and a number of different questionnaires (these are generally used to track pain and pain tolerance over time). The Watermelon Slushie shampoo is very reminiscent of watermelon flavored bubble gum, and the Tropical Fruit Smoothie conditioner smells like the fruit section at the farmer’s market – when it’s warm and the bees are buzzing around the ripe fruit. Her review? “The conditioner smelled like ice cream and let me brush my hair very well, and the dog really wanted to lick my legs after I took my bath, so I must have been extra sweet. Now can you un-inside out my t-shirt for me?” I don’t think you can ask for a better review than that, really. Afterward, her skin felt really smooth, and her hair was tangle-free thanks to the Suave conditioner.
Now, most of that is all really a blur to me as I hadn’t yet finished my first cup of coffee, but several hours later, she still smells really good, and thanks to the pump mechanism on both the shampoo and conditioner, there is not a soap explosion all over my bathroom. Believe it or not there are actually different tests one can undergo to see just how tolerant (or intolerant) one is to painful stimuli. Different things are going to affect whether or not we perceive something as being super painful and, moreover, how we react to those stimuli. And countless dramas depict labors that are super high-risk, from beginning to end, for no actually articulated reason other than a baby is coming out of a person’s body and that’s scary and dangerous. Before many people are even pregnant, the pain of labor and childbirth looms large in their imaginations, and it’s not surprising. If your tweens (or even yourself) need a pick-me-up in the morning, Suave’s Flavor Factory line is the way to do it. You can wear the rainbow proudly, or even dress up your baby in an adorable Pride onesie.
And let’s be crystal clear on a particular point: you can have a high tolerance for pain and still opt for medical pain management. Other people I know wouldn’t trade their unmedicated labor and delivery experiences for the world and, to be honest, some of them claim high pain tolerance while others don’t. I actually have a really high tolerance for pain, and I got an epidural. In the study, people who vocalized an “Ow!” while conducting a cold pressor test demonstrated higher pain tolerance than those who stayed silent. Like, for example, there is evidence to show that redheads are more sensitive to pain than, say, their tow-headed or brunette comrades. Impossible. But have no fear, there are great books for every kid this summer! “There are so many factors and unknowns still with school plans. The die has largely been cast, and we have to shift to addressing the reality of the millions who will not set foot inside a school building this fall. I flipped out at that point and immediately opened up each of the other products, giddy with school girl delight. That little girl has never been happier to bathe in the early pre-dawn hours in her life.