(Closed) Were/Are You Afraid of Delivery?

posted 7 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 # 62
    7770 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

    @inky_1:  I was freaked out until I took the Bradley Method classes. 

    To anyone who is freaked out:  Take the classes!  You really learn what to expect and it pretty much took my anxiety away.

    Post # 63
    77 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I chose “no/worse than expected”. I was not afraid because I wanted a natural delivery. However, I was induced because my water broke and my labor wasn’t progressing. I had to have Pitocin and that made it worse in addition to the fact that I did not get to have the birth that I wanted to have.

    Post # 64
    1443 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    @applebeee:  Yes, that’s what I meant.  I was totally unprepared for it.  The nurse started “massaging my fundus” and I just about fell off the bed!  I was like “what the f are you doing?” That is when she told me about the whole afterbirth ordeal.  I just wasn’t prepared for going through contractions AGAIN. 

    Post # 65
    2638 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2006

    I have an incredibly high pain tolerance and birth only lasts a short while . . . a day at most. I am not scared, but not because I don’t think it’s going to hurt. It’s just because . . . I can’t devote any energy to worrying about it. Too much other stuff to think about in life!

    Post # 66
    229 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    I had a scheduled c-section and I was anxious about the complications that could come from the surgery as well as the pain and a lot about being awake while they cut me open!! I have had surgeries before so I figured I could handle the pain but wasn’t sure about handling it while I had a newborn to take care of and again…being awake for surgery! It turned out to be not bad at all! Parker was born within 15 minutes and I wasn’t actually even sure if they had cut me open at that point or not. The majority of the time was spent stitching me back up but the rush of emotions after she was out and I got to see her and hear her the 45 minutes felt like 5 minutes. My recovery was very easy as well. Though because I was prepared for the c-section I had heard so many times “Don’t try to be martyr…take the pain meds!” so I took them the whole time I was in the hospital, whether I felt I was at a high enough pain level to take it and then for a day and a half when I got home.

    I was actually terrified of having a vaginal birth (because of the tearing) so I was somewhat relieved to have the c-section scheduled. It was a surreal way to have a baby though, I didn’t labor for even a minute, not one contraction. Sometimes it doesn’t even seem real that I “gave birth” to her.

    Good luck to all you pregnant ladies out there-you’ll amaze yourself and do awesome! Keep in mind there will be plenty more to be “terrified” about once baby comes! 😉

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