How much does birth actually hurt?

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How much does birth actually hurt?

Post by Barbies are Evil » Sun Sep 02, 2007 7:58 pm

some people say it hurts ALOT, some people say just take the epudirual they offer you, some say it doesn't hurt that much. For all the HT moms, how much did birth actually hurt?
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Re: How much does birth actually hurt?

Post by FranklinF » Mon Sep 03, 2007 3:08 pm

yeah i was in alot of pain, but it was also forced as i was induced with pitocin and they upped the dose every hour, i think i would have been able to go longer without the epi had i not been on pitocin... but really everyones threshhold for pain is different so people take it differently, the most important thing to know is there are resources if the pain gets bad whether it is the all natural breathing way or by meds
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Re: How much does birth actually hurt?

Post by Saren » Thu Sep 06, 2007 11:20 pm

Hmm. Well I didn't go through it the natural way. I had a C-Section. Actually, funny thing. The day I had it I was having actual contractions, and was very late dilating. My water had been broken for HOURS, and by the time I would have been able to give birth, it would have been VERY VERY painful, and it would have been a dry birth. But I'll tell you, when they say you're lucky to have a C-Section, it can be just as bad. Just because you go through surgery to get a baby out in numbness, does not mean there's no after affect. For weeks after that you feel it. The worst week is the first. You can hardly walk at all, and the day after they don't really expect you to get up and move around, but the day after they want you to get in the practice of it. Let me tell you, you don't feel like going far. It feels like your insides are gonna fall out EVERY step you make.

But I have to admit, it was the best week of my life. I would never trade it for ANYthing in the world.

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Re: How much does birth actually hurt?

Post by TooManyScars » Mon Sep 10, 2007 1:33 am

I haven't had any children of my own, but I am a nurse and witnessed several births during nursing school. Some moms were pros and had had 3 kids already not using pain meds for any of them. Some moms had their first kid with no pain meds and did totally fine (Not that they were singing the soundtrack to the sound of music while they were in labor...but you know... lol). Other moms didn't do as well with or without pain meds. It really just depends on what type of person you are. If you know that you don't handle pain well, go for the epidural when they offer it. That allows them to closely titrate the pain medication by having like a little IV in your spinal space. After a certain point, they aren't able to do an epidural anymore. So if you know that you don't tolerate pain well... go for the epidural even if the pain isn't too bad yet. If you tolerate pain ok, then you don't necessarily need an epidural. They can give you milder drugs or none at all depending on how you are feeling. My mom never used drugs giving birth to her three... many of the older generation gave birth naturally without pain killers and still say giving birth was one of the most amazing experiences of their lives.

One thing to consider is that if you do use an epidural, it can extend your labor... making it take longer. You aren't able to feel the contractions as well so it is harder to time the pushing and get the baby out. Just a point to ponder.


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Re: How much does birth actually hurt?

Post by Lena » Mon Sep 10, 2007 1:34 pm

Authorities vary on this (some dismiss it as an urban myth), but pain can vary depending on the size of the baby. My mother will certainly tell you this is so.

I was a small baby (I came a month early). My mother found my birth was relatively easy and shocked the nurses just hours after she had given birth by saying 'I want another'. They were stunned that she could say she wanted to go through it all again so quickly. :rolleyes:

However. My brother was a large baby and the pain was apparently (correspondingly) worse.

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Re: How much does birth actually hurt?

Post by Beautiful » Thu Sep 13, 2007 10:36 am


i didn't have any pain medication at all for labor & delivery

it wasn't bad at all though.

i've gone threw worse shit :P
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Re: How much does birth actually hurt?

Post by WhOaMi? » Thu Sep 13, 2007 3:21 pm

I have not had a baby, but one of my friends did and she said the pain was awful, but once you see the face of the baby you created the pain melts away...

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