(Closed) What childbirth REALLY feels like

posted 7 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

To me… It feels like your body is trying to eat itsself from the inside out. It’s painful pressure that feels like it’s coming from everywhere. The pain isn’t actually all that bad in comparison to the panic. The panic was the worst part, IMO. For some reason childbirth makes some women panic, including me. One of my aunts described it as “the opposite of orgasm” and I can actually see what she means. It’s hard to explain to someone who hasn’t done it. Childbirth feels like childbirth. There aren’t many other ways to describe it! 🙂

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

labor is your bones/muscles/etc hurting once every 5 minutes for seemingly forever; childbirth wasn’t so sucky since i had an epidural; felt like the world’s worst cast of constipation, truthfully. and, considering the 4th degree tear i had following it, the result wasn’t so dissimilar :/

Post # 5
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Busy bee

I’m not pregnant and i’m not trying for a few years but OMG… it sounds so scary!

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

I’m going to suggest painful?!

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2011

My labor experience wasn’t that bad at all, and was TOTALLY doable. The only part that I really kicked myself on was after 17hrs and LOTS of pressure from the hospital I got a drip of something to take the edge off…. and at 7/8 cm they cut you off SO I went from having very dull contractions to very intense 7 cm contractions. Still doable but since they had been so dulled the first one was quite a shock. My take on this is I wouldn’t decide one day to go run a marathon SO why would I go from not feeling contractions to feeling intense ones?… lol

This go round will be my first time with pushing, but I know that if I let my body do what it was made to do, it won’t be impossible and at some point I’m sure I’ll be doing it again. lol

From other moms that had home births it wasn’t that bad at all, and they tended to have less issues, like tearing. My neighbor had a 2nd degree tear but her son was 9+ lbs and she went from a 7 to having him in like 20 minutes… What they’ve said is being relaxed in their own enviroments made a HUGE difference.

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2011

@banana_anna: I had my DS at the hospital… long labor and then c-section (I didn’t know about midwives and home birth at the time)…. this time I’m DEFINITELY having a home birth. =)

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 1993

I suppose it was too much for me to come into this thread expecting to read that it was all ‘sunshine, roses, and rainbows”.

 

Sigh.

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I had a natural/birth center birth (I wasnt keen on cleaning up after at home… plus the center was like a elegant hotel suite with HUGE tub)

I explained it as dull tightening at the begining, to the worst cramps ever. I have bad cramps so its a good example for me. I also had two “sunny side up” babies, so back labor was a little intense. I handled the pain with keeping hydrated (more water, less pain) which is hard to want to do, and hubby was taught on the job how to push on my hips and other relaxing things. We were a little early and only made it though 1 class of labor and newborn care. 

Also, if your center has a tub, USE IT!! It may not work, but it was heaven to me being weightless and hubby got pulled in to hold me where I wanted the first birth. I didnt want to because of ickies and fluids, but when your that much pain in you dont care. 

Really, by my second I was in alot less pain because I was more relaxed. Went with the flow and did everything I could to meditate (I am not normally a meditative person but I learned from CDs) and relax my muscles. It sounds like hype, but relaxation during labor makes it SO much better. I also ended up the tub much sooner, and my midwife said it was one of the quickest births she had seen. She didnt even believe me I was in active labor on her day off because I was so calm and had her husband check me (he is their MD  ped. and fills in if the women are okay with it.) and I was 4cm with bag about to break… within 2 hours I had a baby in my arms! 

Also if you go natural (at lest with our center) you get to go home early!! I went home 2 hours later, and the midwife and her hubby visited every day for a week. 

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I just want to add, I WANTED pain relief, but every Dr I talked to said because of my size I had a much greater chance of a C-sec, and when I talked to my midwife she told me it wasnt a problem as long as I am low risk, and most likely they said that because being so small pain blockers effect me much stronger and I may not be able to push. So shop around Drs… see one that is on the same page of what kind of labor you want.

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

@weeonebride: Is sunny side up with their faces pointing upward when they come out? And why does this cause back labor? 

Haven’t been through it yet but nervously awaiting my turn!! My cousin told me initially it felt like very bad cramps, but then as the contractions got more intense, it felt like there was a skyscraper on top of her uterus and someone was throwing bricks of it. I took that to mean incredible pressure/sharp pains every few minutes, but I’m not entirely sure. 

Post # 15
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

It really differs from person to person. My experience wasn’t great but it wasn’t nearly as bad as others. I was in labor for a really long time and sure it was painful but it was totally doable. To me it felt like cramps but WAYYYYY more intense and painfull. I also had back labor and that too felt like really bad cramps.

Post # 16
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2011

@cyndistar3: I’m praying that this go round I’m not in labor NEARLY as long…. 31 hours was more than enough for a life time. (atleast in my book) lol

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