How painful is childbirth?

posted 3 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I don’t like to write scary stories about childbirth because it’s different for every woman.  I wasn’t able to have an epidural, so I went without.  The episiotomy doesn’t hurt because you get an injection before they do any actual cutting.  At that point, I really didn’t care.  My labor was started artificially two weeks before my due date because of health concerns.  I did decide that one labor and delivery was enough for me and my daughter is an only child. 

 

 

 

Post # 4
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I did have an epidural for both of my girls. I was induced with my oldest, got my epidural within a few hours. They began my indution around 9am, epidural by 1pm, and I slept! Getting the epidural early definitely slowed everything down but I was so tired that I couldn’t imagine feeling anything. I felt them break my water, which was at that point only feeling like pressure. Nothing uncomfortable. My epidural shifted around 8pm and I had to get a new one. The only contractions I felt for her sucked!!!! I literally only felt them for 20 minutes while waiting on my CRNA to do my next epidural though- I had felt absolutely nothing the entire time. I delivered at 1:21am the next day, and they had to wake me up to push. I was beyond exhausted. With her, I ended up with one hell of a spinal headache. It was just miserable to have her.

With my youngest daughter, I was induced as well. I had cervidil (sp?) inserted at 7pm, kicked into hard labor at 5am. I wanted an epidural because I was getting my tubes tied and didn’t want the general anesthetic. I went through 3 of them because they kept shifting. I metnioned that I have no pain tolerance– if I knew then that my final epidural wasn’t going to hold for my tubal, I wouldn’t have done the stupid thing. It was seriously not that bad! I know not everyone feels like that but for me, the stupid things weren’t worth it for her. 

The removal of the placenta and the stitching up weren’t terrible for either one of my girls. I was uncomfortable and felt some pressure but it wasn’t pain, even when the epidural wore off early with my youngest. 

 

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

According to my mom: “you are in so much pain you think you’re going to die, and you don’t even care if you do.” she had no meds. 

Post # 7
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

I gave birth vaginally after a 26 hour labor with an epidural. The epidural is the best ting that ever happened to me. I don’t care if people want to look down on me for getting one. I waited as long as possible to have the epidural (you’re more likely to need a c-section if you get it before being 5 cm dilated), and I was in the most intense pain I’ve ever felt. I don’t know how people give birth without an epidural! Good for them though. The epidural was not painful at all for me at anytime, and I was still able to have some control of my body. I could still move my legs and lift my lower half. I could also still feel when there was pressure and I felt the need to push. I pushed for over 2 hours, and it was very exhausting, but not as painful as I thought it would be. It just felt like a TON of pressure. I did not have an episiotomy, but I did have some 1st and 2nd degree internal tears. The doctor stitched them up after she delivered my placenta (which is uncomfortable, but not unbearable). My epidural was wearing off at this point, and I could feel her stitching me up, which I didn’t like, but oh well. I hady baby in my arms, so almost nothing really bothered me at that point.

I wil say that the recovery was harder than labor, in my opinion. 

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@Daizy914:  Yeah, my husband told me later when he saw that needle he just about passed out.  I saw it, but was too busy with other things to really care, lol.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@MrsA1123:  The placenta coming out was worse than the birth, for me.  I wasn’t expecting it.  I went to birthing classes and no one mentioned that you had to go through “labor” for the placenta to come out.  I guess I thought it would just slip through.  After my daughter was born, the nurse started rubbing my stomach and I just about freaked out because it hurt so badly.  I was like “what the hell are you doing?” and she said “massaging your fundus.”  Hell, I didn’t even know what a fundus was.  So, in essence, when I thought it was all over, it really wasn’t.  Ugh.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@Cory_loves_this_girl:  I was with my sis-in-law when she got her epidural, the before and after was absolutely amazing!  Like enough for me to say “wow, if I could get one of these I might have another kid!”  The whole process of pregnancy/labor/delivery is to end up with a healthy child.  No one gets a medal for pain. 

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@Daizy914:  I too was afraid of an episiotomy and at one point while pushing my doctor said she thought she was going to have to to do one, but luckily she didn’t and I only ended up with a minor tear. My doctor was surprised that I didn’t tear more considering she thought I’d need an episiotomy. As far as the epidural goes, I don’t know who would look down on someone for getting one. I was induced and experienced painful contractions for 24 hours before I was finally dilated enough to get an epidural. I had considered not having one prior to being induced, but after 24 hours I was so exhausted and in such pain, that had an epidural not been an option I’m afraid I never would have had the strength to push and would probably have ended up with a C-section. So my advice is if you are worried about pain, an epidural is amazing and you should have no shame in getting one. The pushing was the easiest part of the whole labor for me. Although the epidural took away the pain, I still felt the urge to push with each contraction- it just feels like you need to go to the bathroom. If I can do it, anyone can.

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

The only pain I felt was when I first got to the hospital. I had an early epidural which slowed things down a bit. I felt nothing at all from my waist to my toes. I had them get a mirror bc I didn’t believe them when they said she was almost out. I was tired by the end but not in any pain at all. I had a year and didnt feel it. after delivery of the baby them getting the placenta out hurt a bit but it was mostly uncomfortable and I just wanted to be asleep.

I had no complaints or issues wi delivery. My epidural worked and while I had some minor back pain from it not being in pain for hours was well worth it. I got to the hospital at maybe 1:00am and got the epidural at around 4am. I had my daughter at 11:50ish (am) the same day. I was very lucky because I was up walking the next day with no problem and felt pretty decent.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@Kimberley25:  that’s how I felt! I laughed for hours after my epidural because I was so happy to not be in pain. I even as said hey, I can do this more if this is how great I’ll feel!

 

Post # 14
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Two questions.  Related To pain. 

Does the epidural have epinephrine ? like novicane does

And anyone while in pain have palpitations (kind of like your heart skipping beats) I get them under stress, not eating/sleeping right and if I’m in Extreme pain. 

 

I can can only imagine how labor will be for me. uhk!

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@Chrissy26:  My sis-in-law was laughing too!  I couldn’t believe it!!  It was 2 and a half years after my own experience, yet it was like night and day.  I don’t think a woman should suffer, just for the sake of suffering.  I’m so glad you had a positive experience!

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@Kimberley25:  I was trying my DH crazy. I react really well to pain meds. It’s awesome actually so I think the epidural was the same way. As soon as I felt the medicine I couldn’t stop laughing and asking him to pinch my toes (they tingled if you touched them). I think I sent a text to half the people in my phone. I was giddy. I’m nervous this time around that things won’t go as easy but either way Im getting the epidural again. I’m not a fan of pain when not necessary

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