(Closed) Naive questions about labor

posted 10 years ago in Babies
Post # 17
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2009

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@artbee  I think you and I have talked migraines before.  Mine are fairly frequent and awful.  Nothing is worse than my migraines.  I just want to crawl out of my body with them.  The great thing about a contraction is that you know it will be over in 60 seconds and you are not getting another one for a few minutes.  I can deal with the most excruciating intermittant pain far more than the migraine!

PS I’ve only had 2 since I had the baby!

Post # 18
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Mrs. DG, that would be awesome if having a baby cut back on your migraines!  I agree, mine are horrible.  

Post # 19
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Helper bee

@troubled: my labour was very simmilar to my mum’s. My labour for my for my fist child was 2hr 20mins and hers was about 3.5hours. It just means it’s very short and INTENSE and you usually have to do it pain relief free. I used the shower for a little bit, I dont think it helped ease the pain too much but I do think that it kept me calm and in control kind of thing. When are you due??

Post # 20
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2016

I had horrible back labor that made me want to die before the epidural.  I think I could’ve handled the pain of regular contractions much better if my son’s head wasn’t turned the wrong way.  But labor was still much worse than my most painful menstrual cramps.

Post # 21
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I don’t see how a warm bath helps anyone. I just rock myself in the chair or pace back and forth and breathe as I hold in the pain. Everyone’s different!

I always here it feels like menstrual cramping but I never felt those in my life. With my first preg. My water broke and 14 hrs later I was 5 cm but they wanted to give me pitocin to speed it up. I spent 2 hours in deep pain, but I would describe it as a pinching/squeezing feeling. I pushed for less than 15 minutes and felt no pain when I was pushing, it was just a lot of pressure and burning feeling the last minutes.

Just don’t let it scare you. I hear a lot of women say the pain wasn’t as bad as they expected. 

Post # 22
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Worker bee

Pre-labor contractions (Braxton-Hicks) feel a lot like cramps to me, and so did the first part of labor.  Then it was more of an overwhelming pain, the kind that makes you tighten your neck and squint your eyes.  If I really concentrated through breathing, I could make it; the couple of times I thought I couldn’t do the breathing, the pain was so much worse.

If they let you sit in a jacuzzi bath, do it!  It helps a ton.

Post # 23
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Bee Keeper

My mother’s births were all very quick.  Mine was quick also.  I think you may get an idea of your labor from your mom, although it seemed like my mom forgot most of the details.

Post # 24
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

Mine were similar to my mothers. Hers were all between 20-28 hours of labor and my labor was about 18 hours. and we both has cramps in front AND back. I thought contractions were SOO painful. and Id like to think I have a pretty high pain tolerance. I couldnt get my epidural till I was 14 hours into labor bc I was progressing slowly and they didnt want the epidural to make me progress slower, and I just remember me laying on my side in a ball and tears rolling down my face bc i was in so much pain 🙁 It seriously made me rethink having another child…. but i know we will.

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@eeniebeans agree the episiotomy suckeddddd

Post # 25
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Bee Keeper

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@JessicaL I didn’t get an epesiotomy…and that totally sucked too!  I hate stitches.  And I really hated THOSE stitches!!

Post # 26
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

I gotta say, my contractions went from period cramps to pain that made you stop walking and take a breath to bending over on the floor crying sort of pain. The epidural was heaven, and I had thought I was going to do a naural birth. I guess it can be different for different people, but I thought they sucked! You do forget really quickly, though!

Post # 27
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

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@MightySapphire UGH AGREE! So uncomfortable 🙁 pain pills were my best friend for the next few days lol

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