(Closed) Naive questions about labor

posted 8 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

I get pretty bad cramps during my period; contractions were way worse.  Early contractions felt a lot like mild period cramps to me, but they quickly intensified.  After I got the epidural, I literally didn’t feel a thing until I was 8 or 9 centimeters along!  Then, I could feel the contractions again, but they were dull enough I could breathe through them.  I never got to use a shower because I got an epidural pretty soon after I got to the hospital.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

I had a drug-free homebirth that lasted 53 hours and the pain of contractions was not the most painful thing I’ve ever felt. I’ve had really bad tooth infections and a bout with kidney stones and those experiences were much worse. The thing about contractions is that they hurt for a minute or two and then the discomfort subsides and you have a few minutes where you feel just fine. It’s not a constant thing (atleast for me it wasn’t). You actually spend more time out of pain than in pain. Also, if you choose to not have an epidural there are all sorts of things you can do to ease the pain like moving around, making different sounds, using breathing techniques, squatting, sitting in warm water or taking a hot shower. When I was going through transition, both my midwives and my husband were all massaging different parts of my body and it actually felt wonderful! I also discovered that I had these pressure points in my glutes and if someone pressed on them just as the contraction started I felt very little pain. I used to get horrible period cramps too, so I was worried about experiencing something like that in labor but it really was very different.

Post # 5
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2009

I didn’t feel like real contractions were like period cramps.  The early ones were, but the later ones were more like when you get a bad stitch in your side when you drank a bunch of water and then ran or really severe gas pain.  (sorry for the image).  I’d rank it 7/10 on my pain scale.  Migraines are far worse for me!

After the epidural I felt nothing except some mild pressure while I was laboring down.  My epidural was exquisite!

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

I also had a drug free child birth for 21 hours and didn’t think the pain of contractions was half as bad as people say.  Like another poster said that the contraction hurts for a min or two and then goes away.  I also got use to it and only the very end hurt.  However, I personally think other things hurt more then childbirth.  I have a vascular tumor in my leg and that thing hurts 1000% more then childbirth.

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

Nola is right… it’s not the contractions you have to worry about, it’s the pushing that hurts like hell!!

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper

I only had painful contractions for a couple minutes before I got my epidural.  They hurt, but only for a minute, then it passed.  I think my leg cramps that woke me up in the middle of the night were far worse!  They lasted longer too, LOL.

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

I’m kinda surprised at the answers.  Contractions were really bad for me; way worse than kidney stones, kidney infections, burst ear drums, etc..  That’s why I got an epidural.  But pushing didn’t hurt at all for me.  It was super easy and it actually felt great in comparison to just breathing through contractions; in fact, I only pushed for about half an hour before Addie was born!  I guess this just proves that birth is a totally diverse/unique experience.  🙂

Post # 10
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2009

@Mrs. Spring:  I agree with you on the pushing though.  No ring of fire or anything like that. 

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

Thank you for asking this. I was wondering the same thing and had a bit of a revelation this week regarding the pain. I had an HSG on Wed and um, it was the most painful thing I think I’ve have had done not including my surgeries. I was wondering what the pain was like too bc if I couldn’t stand the pain of that simple 8 minute procedure, how in the hell am I going to give birth. And I thought I had a high pain tolerance. Yea right.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2009

  Contractions wernt anything AT ALL what I thought they would be! When I was induced before I ended up having my C-section I was told by everyone that contractions were like period cramps x100. I didn’t think they felt anything like period cramps!

 I remember I could feel one coming on because it would start in my lower abdomen and then all of the sudden its like every single muscle in your stomach gets a cramp and tightens up SUPER HARD. My mom told me my stomach would feel as hard as my forehead during a contraction and she was right. I didn’t think they were as painful as just very very very uncomfortable!

 One lady once told me she could only describe contractions as someone giving you a HUGE bear hug from the inside around your stomach….and the weirdest thing is that she seemed to be the most accurate to me….odd…

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

@MissFlipFlops I had forgot all about the rock hard stomach thing.  I thought that was so odd. 

@troubled :  I gained a simular amount of weight like my mom.  However, the labor wasn’t like hers other then I was past my due date.

Post # 15
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2010

@Mrs. DG: I always wonder about this b/c I get awful migraines that send me to the ER. I like to think that nothing can be worse then them… but I guess I’ll see later on in life if that’s true for me too.

Post # 16
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

I didn’t think that the labor part was all that bad.. it was the healing from the episiotomy afterward that killed me 🙂

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