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Discussion in 'Ask a Mum!' started by Kimbo, Nov 22, 2007.
how would you describe the pain?
OMG Someones stabbing me!! I'm going to die!
Sorry hun, don't want to scare you but...............for me it was AGONY. I remember screaming 'I'm not having anymore' and 'I can't do this, put me out my misery!'
I said to my friend after, why didn't you tell me how bad it was and she said 'I know its awful, but I couldn't tell you that'
I was IV induced though and I have a really low pain threshold. I once cried when I had constipation so I really am a tart!!
Some people have less painful birth though hun and its true what they say, as soon as you see your lil one, you won't care.
And if its gets too bad theres always the drugs!!
I voted the 2nd one. I didn't think I was gonna die but I did ask OH repeatedly to kill me cos I couldn't take it I ment it at the time too!
I don't know if it was because I didn't have any time to think about it hurting or that I was at home an no pain relief was available, but the pain was nowhere near as bad as I thought it was going to be - certainly not like you see on TV. The worst part was pushing the head out and I think I did tell the MWs that I couldn't do it! But, it wasn't unbearable - I think that waxing and epliating would hurt more!
The placenta was a breeze - it just slithered out about a minute after I had the injection (which I didn't even feel).
its hard to say coz ur tricky brain will make u forget! 5 months later i look back and think it wasnt that bad. but if u read my birth story u will see i was begging my boyf to help me and make it stop and apparently my eyes were rolling back (and i wasnt on drugs!) so it mustve been bad at the time.
u do think "i can just about manage this" tho, coz in between contractions there is no pain at all, u can get a proper rest (for all of 60 seconds lol but it is bliss and it does really help that little 60-second rest!)
I voted wooaah, this is bad!
It certainly took my breath away and I remember thinking I might possibly die! It felt like I was going to be ripped in two........
However, the RELIEF once you make that final push is better than ANYTHING you've experienced in your life! Makes it all worth it!
I can do this..... JUST!
For me it really wasn't as unbearable as I thought. It hurt yeah, but it really wasn't like uber bad or anything. Even at the time, yeah it hurt, but I knew it wasn't as bad as I expected. Unless you get out of sync with the gas and air! Ow
I had my waters broken then induced on a drip so it was pretty intense but just about bearable! Try not to worry too much. When I was anxious about the birth a MW saod to me that some people have realy bad labours, some have really easy labours but most are inbetween. I just kept thinking of that!!
Good post. Are you starting to get a little nervous about the birth? I am terrified. xxx
pfft you light weights.. it was a breeze.. and after she came out i said.. god that wasnt so bad. id do it again.. just not right now...infact i think im gonna drive to mums and get my birthing video for you to all watch lol..
I didnt even get as far as the pushing part and I couldn't take the pain anymore. My contractions got stronger and stronger and I was taking the gas and air but the only way I can descibe is that I felt like I was being sucked out of the room. I literally felt like I was losing touch with reality it was so painful. Like my tummy was being contorted. I even grabbed Jed and pointed at my tummy to show him and all I could see was this weird lumpy shape poking through my tummy because the contractions were squeezing my tummy so hard. Very bizarre! Once that epidural is in though you can lay back and suck on the gas and air and enjoy it!!!! I loved giving birth with the epidural, its was the best time of my life
Heres my birth story, its short and sweet and will hopefully put your mind at rest a little
http://www.pregnancyforum.co.uk/forum/v ... php?t=5336
psssf... thats cos some of us had to give birth to full term fat babies..
I thought the pain was pretty bad tbh...it was much worse than I expected it to be So I dunno... Tbh... it wasn't so much the pain, but the shock that did it for me.. my labour was so rapid, the contractions so close together, everything going wrong in the end, me bleeding everywhere, that yer I thought I would die... not from the pain, but from everything else. It took me a long time to get over it all...
This is why I am much calmer and know that I will be much more relaxed this time round, because i know what's coming, I know how it feels, I can take my time, not rush to the hospital in a flap....I know it's not much help when your a first timer, but it really is the key to it.. to keep calm.. the minute you start flapping that's when you are in trouble...
I voted whoaaah this is bad.
I had a very fast, intense labour so I wasn't expecting the contractions to intensify so quickly, but slow breathing and gas & air really helped me cope. the worst bit was the transition phase where the contractions were almost constant so had no break, but that was over really quickly, and the relief when she was finally out was incredible!
Bearable until the last hour. Like bad peroid pains that built up and up and up, then the last hour was a bit of a blur of pains and eventually the pushing stage. At least the pains are for a reason and you're getting something out of it! You try afterpains when you're onto your 2nd and more baby, sheesh they're worse than bloody labour pains!
Honestly though the more you worry the more it's going to hurt as you'll be all stressed out and tensed up. You're pregnant, you're going to have a baby, it's going to hurt but you're going to have a gorgeous bundle at the end of it. I just kept telling myself that there was no point getting worked up over it, it wasn't going to change how much it hurt and it's not like giving birth is like a walk in the park smelling the roses You'll get through it, there is pain relief there if you need it (I managed on gas and air) and once you've given birth the pain generally stops (unless you count afterpains )
Try not to worry too much - I know easier said than done - I was really worried about the birth but about 5 days before I had the baby I got an excess of CM and I did wonder if it was my show (and I found out after that it was part of my plug going! ). I found that I became really quite calm about the impending birth when I realised that it wasn't going to be that long before I had the baby.
I thought I was going to die! I had a very fast labour with the contractions on top of each other very quickly and at the time I swore I would never ever go through that again. Sounds like a cliche but you forget the pain as soon as you're holding your baby and I want another one already (not going to for a year or so though )
I can do this..... JUST
You don't! And if you have any gas & air it makes you feel drunk & woozy and not care about it hurting (although it doesn't stop it hurting!!!).
agree with Midna about how you feel when you are overdue. I was 2 weeks overdue and I honestly didn't care about what I was about to go through.
After 2 sweeps, over 24hours of contractions (7 on a syntocin drip!), 3 catheterisations, numerous local anaesthetic injections in my nether regions prior to the episiotomy, the scalpel cut for the episiotomy, a hook stuck inside me to finish my waters off, etc, etc, you just want the baby OUT! anyway possible and it doesn't matter how much it hurts!
It's amazing what you can put up with, and in a twisted kind of way, I'm really proud of myself. Honestly don't worry about the pain, yes it's pretty bad but the only way to stop it is to get the baby out. Worrying about it won't help you, it'll just slow things down.