Post # 32
I’m 38 weeks now and I’m not really scared about labor. I’m more anxious to see what it’s all about, and see if I can tough it without medication. I think since my birth plan is pretty open (I’d ideally like to go natural, but I’m not so attached to that idea that I wouldn’t get drugs if it gets too bad) it puts me a ease that I can modify my plans based on how my situation is going. I’m also dying to find out if I’ve been carrying a little boy or a girl this whole time!
I think the freak out moments I have, are more about bringing home the baby and raising it. I’m not worried about baby care or anything like that, it’s just crazy to think that Darling Husband and I are going to be parents. I imagine it’s crazy for my parents to picture that too.. their child being a mother.
Post # 33
I wasn’t worried until recently.. I’m 32 weeks and it’s becoming very real!
Post # 34
@hamikay: hhahha re reading it now I see why you thought that! Really, there’s nothing to be afraid of – pain is just pain, and it fades. And what you’re left with is something so incredibly amazing that the pain just seems to never have existed in the first place. It’s so worth it, if it wasn’t, we wouldn’t keep doing it!
I remember during labour and my grandma was there, I have a really bad back due to a bad car accident and the pain in my back felt like it was breaking in two. I said someone, please tell me it’s worth it. And she came to the bed and said, it is worth it, I had 4.
She was right. It is worth all the pain in the world, and I would have done 6 days of that, had I been able to have her all over again.
Not only is the pain worth it, but the sleepless nights, extreme exhaustion and the things they say as they get older that may break your heart and are hard to hear, are worth it. There is nothing on this earth that I have done or will ever do that will make more sense or be more satisfying than being a mom.
Post # 35
I’m not that far along but things being what that are, I imagine labor will be a relief. I am scared of the pain but I’d say I’m more worried about the next 6 months of discomfort and who knows what than the last few hours.
Post # 36
I’m very glad to hear you aren’t worried!
As an L&D nurse I can tell you that you will have a much better experience if you are relaxed and can go with the flow. Labour can be unpredictable and things can change very quickly. Read up on some info about the possibilities and stay positive!
Good luck with everything!
Post # 37
I know that it won’t be easy by any means, and I’ve never gone through it before, but I’m not worried about it. I know that it will hurt, I’ve watched numerous videos (I love watching A Baby Story on TLC), but I just feel like it’s going to have to happen and I’m going to expect the best. Maybe once my contractions begin several months from now, I won’t feel the same way. Who knows? Plus, I’m already excited about my baby getting here even though he/she doesn’t arrive until January, so I’ll probably be happy once I go into labor because I’ll know it won’t be too long before I get to see/hold my baby.
Post # 38
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@PilotsGirl56: I’m due in October and I’m not really too worried about it yet. I find comfort in having a very open-minded birth plan (I am not opposed to an epidural but am going to see what I can take without it!) and taking it one step at a time. My only real fear at this point is that my husband will be working when I go into labor or something like that.
…but talk to me a few weeks before my due date and I might have a different thoughts! 😉
Post # 39
I am terrified….of going into pre-term labor! Every week that goes by I breathe a little sigh of relief, but as I get further along I think I will (hopefully) worry less.
And I will admit, I am pretty scared for actual labor and the pain, but it’s not like you really have a choice, it’s just something you have to do. I am just hoping I don’t have a super long labor and I am going to try REALLY hard to do an epidural-free labor. I thought at first I would jump all over an epidural, but after talking to my mom (who had 4 births naturally) and my older sister who HATED her epidural and said it didn’t even work well, completely slowed her down, and she was just pissed she couldn’t move around afterwards, I am going to try and go for it without an epidural. So now that gives me a new fear of getting through the transition stage without an epidural, but if I truly think I can’t handle the pain I won’t be super opposed to getting something. Ohh dear. So yes, I am a little scared, but I am sure by that point (assuming I make it full-term..once again…worry wart alert) I will be so ready to be done being pregnant and just meet our little man. With my luck I’ll end up going 42 weeks or something just since I am SOOOOO dang worried about pre-term labor…haha! 😛
OH, and I am pretty scared of having to get induced. From stories I’ve heard, “getting induced contractions” hurt SO. MUCH. MORE. than natural labor contractions, so in that case, I probably would be less opposed to an epidural from the beginning. Won’t really know until it happens I guess!
Post # 40
I’m not pregnant yet (we plan on starting TTC in a year or so), but I’m worried about everything EXCEPT the labor. Pain isn’t a huge deal for me. I’ve dealt with fibromylagia, endometriosis, kidney stones, and multiple surgeries, all with minimal pain medications. I can handle pain. My worries are getting pregnant, carrying the baby to term, and having a healthy baby.
I think the TTC portion will be the hardest for me because I’ll have to get off of the medications that make my endo and fibro bearable. But if I can deal with that for however long the TTC portion takes and the entire pregancy, I doubt that labor will be all that difficult for me.
Besides, my mom dealt with labor just fine. No pain meds, and she was only in labor with me for like 2 hours, tops. Longer for my older sister, but she took a nap (yes, TOOK A NAP!) in the middle of it, so it wasn’t so bad. Hopefully things will go as smoothly for me (and all of you ladies) as it did for her. When the time comes, I’ll be prepared for the worst-case scenario, but I’m not going to freak out over something I have little control over.