(Closed) Were/Are You Afraid of Delivery?

posted 6 years ago in Pregnancy
  • poll: Were/are you afraid of delivery? Was it worse than anticipated?
    Yes, I was afraid, but it wasn't as bad as I'd anticipated : (18 votes)
    30 %
    Yes, I was afraid, and it was as bad as I'd expected : (9 votes)
    15 %
    Yes, I was afraid, and it was worse than I'd expected : (12 votes)
    20 %
    No, I was not afraid, and it was actually not as bad as I'd anticipated : (6 votes)
    10 %
    No, I was not afraid, and it was just as I'd expected : (5 votes)
    8 %
    No, I was not afraid, but it was worse than I'd expected : (2 votes)
    3 %
    None of the above (explain below) : (9 votes)
    15 %
  • Post # 3
    1301 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    @inky_1: Hi! I am TTC so not pregnant yet. My mom hyonobirthed me with no pain meds and the main thing they were taught is that fear = pain. I also saw her give birth to my bro with no pain meds and I think the calm really contributed to the high pain threshold. 
    I read an interesting article about the relationship between pain and fear by a hypnotherapist who was operated on with no pain medication.


    In short, I am massively afraid but I have seen first hand the amazing things that can be achieved in labour when you overcome your fear. Very inspiring! 


    Post # 4
    752 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    @inky_1:  I am in the terrified camp as well.  Curious to see how this poll goes.

    Post # 7
    5475 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I’m more afraid of what to do with the baby when I get home than actually birthing. 

    Post # 8
    4327 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: January 1992

    @DaneLady:  I think that’s also a component of my terror. It’s a whole packaged deal.

    Post # 11
    687 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2016

    @inky_1:  Hi!

    I gave natural birth to my son 4 years ago. Still remember it like it was yesterday. At my first trimester I was completely convinced that having a C section was the only way to go since I was sooo scared of giving birth natural. I actually begged my doctor to book me in for a C section but she said it was too early to think of the coming birth (I was 13 weeks if I remember correctly when I met her the first time). I was terrified of giving birth naturally, scared of the pain, ripping.. yeah all that comes with it. ETA: I thought the worst of all this believe me! 

    My mom and sisters would try to calm me down, even my doctor and midwives that I saw during my checkups told me that this is normal and I will find time to settle my fears. And to be honest in my case, as my tummy grew, I read more about it and researched and talked to others who have given birth naturally, did some lamaze practices, and met other pregnant ladies to share my fears with etc, it actually grew on me. Of course I was scared still but it wasn’t half as bad as when I was pregnant in the early stages.

    It was amazing and the pain will be one of your lesser concerns when you have your baby in your arms, for me it was like that at least. Your newborn baby will be the greatest gift and joy for what you just did 🙂 Women are so much more stronger and powerful than we think we are, and I realized that when I gave birth to my son. We just forget that sometimes! 

    Now I feel like cuddling up with my son but he is asleep.. Awww! ^_^

    Post # 12
    5670 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2010

    I personally don’t want to think much about it. Of course it’s going to be painful but everyone keeps making it through it and seem to be fine after. I figure in this situation is the least I know the better.

    Post # 13
    5242 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: April 2013

    @inky_1:  I’m not pregnant either but I’m also terrified so I’m curious to see the posts on this thread!

    Post # 14
    2548 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    It was worse. Much worse. haha. I thought I went in pretty prepared, went to a couple birthing classes, watched a birth on video, watched, ” A Baby story” every day, read books. But no, it didn’t help me at all. I never want to do it again. Not the birth, or the after birth ( the bleeding and pain afterwards). No thanks!

    Post # 15
    2107 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2012

    I am terrified, but last week, I was told that I have a low lying placenta.  If it doesn’t move up, I’ll be forced to have a C-section, and as scared of pain as I am, I really, really don’t want a C-section, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed that my placenta moves up! 

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