Post # 1
I suffer from IBS and I had an attack last night. While I was suffering through the intense stomach cramps, I couldn’t help but wonder how labour could possibly be any worse than what I was feeling.
These cramps come in waves, and at their most intense peak, I can’t do anything but focus on the pain and remember to breathe. They’re so intense and painful..I can’t imagine something hurting more!
I was just wondering if anyone here who gets severe IBS cramps and have been in labour could answer me this… Is there any comparison to the pain? Is labour 10 times worse?
Post # 3
I’d be interested to see if anyone else has been there and can give you an answer. I have not given birth yet, but from what I have heard the pain of labor is pretty subjective. People have different thresholds for pain and different experiences that shape their expectations of pain as well as how it affects them.
For example, having lived through a bad car accident and subsequent surgeries, the pain of getting a tattoo wasn’t bad for me. My husband and sister, though, who have not ever had a major injury, could hardly bear the pain of the tattoo.
It could be that your painful IBS cramps will put the pain of labor into perspective for you. After all, IBS cramps can come on at any time, but labor has a definite end-point. Even if the pain of labor ends up being worse for you, you have practice in breathing through the pain and waiting for the waves to crest.
Post # 4
I had a pretty bad kidney infection last fall for 2 weeks and can’t imagine anything more painful than that. It was so bad id be sweating in pain and like you with ibs – have to focus my breathing and also trying to seperate the pain from the rest of my body mentally. That was so tough.
I hope labor isnt worse than that. Haha.
Post # 5
@MrsGatito: This is off topic. But how was your IBS during pregnancy? Did oyu get alot of stomache attacks during? I have IBS and I’m super curious at as to how it’s going to be while pregnant. I’m sure everyone is dofferent bu would love to hear your experience
Post # 6
Sorry but labor is a million times more intense. But it’s pain with a purpose so that at least gives you something to focus on while in it.
Post # 7
I got IBS after I was pregnant and trust, there is NO comparison between labor contractions and cramps.
Post # 8
@MrsGatito: It’s funny you mention this because I have Crohns and frequently get those cramps that come in waves. Last week I was out to dinner with my parents, and I experienced this extreme cramping and there was nothing I could do.I didnt have to go to the bathroom, I just had to ride them out. It would come and last for a min then disappear and come back again a few minutes later. I just closed my eyes and tried to bear through it. I can’t compare it to labor pains because I havent been pregnant yet.
Post # 9
@sweetchiquita12: I’m so curious about this as well. Kinda dreading being pregnant – my digestive system is already messed up.
Post # 10
I was wondering this as well…
But **** me… I fail to see how it can be much worse than severe IBS. Severe IBS is absolutely debilitating… all you can do is to try and breathe through it. I guessed it was maybe a bit like labour as adopting some of the positions labouring women do can sometimes help, and it also makes me vomit, sweat, feel faint and shiver sometimes.
Ugh… how can it be much worse than that?
Post # 11
@sweetchiquita12: I’m not pregnant, not TTC yet, but will probably in the next year. I have baby fever now so it’s been on my mind.
I did look up to see how IBS could be when I do get pregnant and I read that it differs. Some women get it worse than before, some it goes completely away… I hope it goes away for me!
I can see labour being a lot worse because it could be hours of pain, whereas when I get IBS cramps, in half an hour I’m usually back to normal. It’s just so hard to picture anything hurting more than those stomach cramps! But I guess one day I’ll see for myself.
Post # 12
Well, I can’t compare labor vs. IBS, but I work in L & D and have certainly heard from patients that some pains are worse than their labor experience was, even natural labor. I hear this the most often with kidney stones, and people who have been through really bad trauma .But as someone mentioned before, pain is really subjective.
Post # 13
@MrsGatito: Oh sorry I totally read you post wrong. I hope labour pains are not worse because IBS cramps can be really bad sometimes. Also the symptoms of IBS suck! I feel nauseaous all the time and gassy so being pregnant I should be ok since I always feel like that anyways!
@starlitgirl: My cousins friend has IBS and when she was pregnant her IBS symptoms were completely gone! I hope I’m like that as well!
Post # 14
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I imagine labor is worse due to duration but possibly not intensity… It’ll vary from person to person.
A sweet lady this morning told me her “secret to labor” that she was very glad her grandmother shared with her. She said, “It’s so much like a great big bowel movement! Worst menstrual cramps you’ll ever have, followed by the biggest poop.” According to her, she was very surprised by how similar it was to an intense bout of some intestinal ailment. I think this all goes out the window with back labor and other specific situations though!
Post # 15
Thanks everyone! I just thought I’d see what people had to say. The time will hopefully come for me one day and I’ll get to see what it’s like for myself.
Post # 16
The thing about pain is when you are hurting and don’t know why or don’t know when it will stop it FEELS worse because you have no end goal and you can’t help yourself. Labor pains are intense but you know why, you know it has to end within 24ish hours and that the pain is working towards your baby. So while it is painful it’s easier to bear plus you can get pain meds any time you want 😉