Post # 47
I’ve squeezed out two puppies and pretty much everything I felt was covered above. But every single labor is different for every single person. There’s almost no way to predict what yours will feel like. I definitely went the epidural route both times: the first because I had pre-eclampsia and was induced. The second…just because it effing hurt. lol
I had done Lamaze both times so with my second baby I went into labor naturally and thought I’d see how long I could make it without meds. Answer: 7 hours. Not too bad. lol But I once I couldn’t talk through the pain, I was done and ready for the needle.
That all said, forget about the pain and discomfort-giving birth is also a really big high. In a really, really, good way:) I don’t want to use the word “orgasam” because it’s not sexual at all. But that is the closest word that describes what it feels like. And then afterward all the endorphins and oxytocin kick in and it’s Heaven to finally hold your baby:)
Post # 48
that was my deciding factor! I would go through almost 50 hours of labor again before being stuck with needles :/
Post # 49
What suprised me most was how little it actually hurt. I’m not saying it didn’t hurt, but I’ve definitely experienced worse.
It started just like bad period pains that worsened a bit and then the pressure. It pretty much felt like I had to take a really big poop (sorry for the TMI). Like all my insides were working together to get this thing out.
It never got excruciating and was very manageable. I used nitrous oxide gas for the worst pains and it was all over in about 6 hours from the first labour pain.
Post # 50
oh, my… yeh i get married in 3 weeks…hopefully no honeymoon baby
Post # 51
A question to all the Mama Bees who found childbirth to be a painful experience (my mother never found this to be true, and we were 10 pounders, so I’m curious); Did you have your children in the hospital? Were you put on pitocin to induce/further labor? I’ve heard the hospitals push it on you to get you out of the hospital quicker, and it’s a big factor in why women today find it to be an excessively painful experience.
Post # 52
My mom had 4 kids, doesn’t have a super high pain tolerance (like will whine for days about a paper cut) but had all 4 of us natural with quick labors that she said weren’t that painful at all. I went into labor naturally, had been super healthy and active during pregnancy, no induction or drugs for a long time and labor was sooooooooooooooo painful for me. I read all the stories about it not being so bad so I think I was a bit too hopeful that it wouldn’t be that bad, but it’s just not true for everyone. I’m still going to try and go natural for our next child with a bit more realistic expectation of the pain involved but I’ll probably get an epidural again if labor slows down during transition. I think more sleep and food will help too but who knows, labors can vary a lot even in the same person from kid to kid.
Post # 53
I thought it felt like I was being skinned alive, while set on fire and stabbed in the vagina. Is that desriptive enough? it’s taken straight from my blog I wrote a few days after I gave birth. =) But right afterwards you almost feel high or like you’ve just had the big O or something. I felt SO AWESOME, third degree tears and all.
Post # 54
I stopped myself from reading this thread when it first went up. Then I lost my willpower. And now I’m terrified.
Post # 55
My hubby was a ten pounder as well, and his mum says his birth was by far the easiest of 7. He was no.3. The 4th was a tiny wee girl and the absolute hardest. Guess the more ready the baby the quicker the labour, or something?
Busy freaking myself out here… My mum’s mum died in childbirth so I expect I absorbed a lot of negativity around the whole thing…
Post # 56
Lol me too! I think ignorance might truly be bliss!
Post # 57
The thing about the pain though is that you already know it’s supposed to hurt so it’s almost like “good pain”. Not that it feels good or anything but, like, there isn’t anything “wrong”. Does that make sense? Probably not until you experience it.
And also I was so worried about my little baby and how scared she must have been traveling down the birth canal, that I didn’t have the energy to worry about myself. I was just praying the whole time that she was doing okay. We really worked together to get her out, I only pushed for 20 minutes, and I totally felt like we were an awesome team when I held her for the first time.
Post # 58
I honestly can’t remember. I mean I know it hurt (A LOT), but I can’t remember the exact feeling of the pain. It just hurt, and then the baby was out and I didn’t care about anything else. 🙂 I very much remember the incredible feelings of euphoria and joy and love after Addie was born, though!