Many wonder if Mary, the mother of Jesus, went through labor pains like other women. This curiosity stems from Genesis 3:16, where God increased labor pains for women as a result of Eve’s sin. Given that Mary was uniquely preserved from original sin, it’s thought she might’ve been exempt from such pains. In fact, the phrase “Before she travailed, she brought forth” from Isaiah 66:7 has been interpreted by some as suggesting a painless birth.
The Catholic Church’s teachings offer some insight. The Catechism of the Catholic Church asserts that Mary’s virginal integrity was unbroken during Jesus’ birth (CCC 499, citing Lumen Gentium 57). This has led many to conclude that Mary’s birth experience was likely pain-free.
Historically, notable figures like Pope Alexander III highlighted that Mary “gave birth without pain.” Additionally, various liturgical prayers from both the Latin and Byzantine rites reference Mary’s unique birthing experience. For instance, a prayer from the pre-1969 Latin Rite reads, “… she had given him birth without the pains of childbirth…”
While it’s not an infallible doctrine, many theological strands and traditions suggest Mary might have been free from labor pains due to her exceptional position in salvation history.
It serves as a testament to her unique role and the Church’s reverence for her!