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How to best describe giving birth?

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Anna posted this 17 June 2019

I'm going to be giving birth next month. I was wondering what that feels like. In your own words, how would you describe giving birth feels like? Is it really the worst pain you can ever feel?

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Jillian posted this 18 June 2019

Say yes to pain medication!  The epidural is your friend! 

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Jane posted this 18 June 2019

In all sincerity, it felt like taking the biggest poop of my life out of my vagina.  I got an epidural too, and 10/10 would recommend haha its 2019, no need to experience any additional pain unless you are really into that experience. 

Also, I had an ear infection this winter and far and away, that was the worst pain I've ever felt.  My kids are a little older so I've had some distance from birth but I would rather squeeze out another kid than have an ear infection and that is the God's honest truth. 

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rachel posted this 18 June 2019

I think this is really hard because it can be so different from person to person (based on the experiences of my friends with kids around the same age as mine). For me, my water broke spontaneously but I wasn't dilated at all and I wasn't having contractions, so they gave me Pitocin to induce contractions. Because of that, I went from nothing to really intense contractions very quickly, and it was really painful. As soon as they started I was asking for an epidural, and I absolutely would get one again. But, I think that if I hadn't had the Pitocin and the contractions had ramped up naturally, I might have been able to wait a while before having it.

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Michele posted this 18 June 2019

Of course it's an anxiety provoking situation, especially with your first! Everyone's experiences are so different that it's hard to get a grasp of what childbirth is like until you go through it yourself. I'd definitely recommend getting an epidural- like others have mentioned, there's really no reason not to. 

What helped put me at ease was the fact that there are SO many moms (including myself) who have mentioned having another child...while still in the hospital after giving birth! If so many mothers have more than one child and also are willing to go through the birthing process again (especially thinking about it while still recovering), then it can't be so bad. Of course it's painful, but once you see and hold your baby...it's like none of that matters and it was all so worth it. Good Luck!

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Anna posted this 18 June 2019

Hear you loud and clear. Note taken! 😅 

Say yes to pain medication!  The epidural is your friend! 

Anna posted this 18 June 2019

😂 😂 😂  My mother said the same thing about the taking a poop sensation. And wow, I've heard that ear infections hurt really bad, but I never knew that the pain was that bad. 😬 

In all sincerity, it felt like taking the biggest poop of my life out of my vagina.  I got an epidural too, and 10/10 would recommend haha its 2019, no need to experience any additional pain unless you are really into that experience. 

Also, I had an ear infection this winter and far and away, that was the worst pain I've ever felt.  My kids are a little older so I've had some distance from birth but I would rather squeeze out another kid than have an ear infection and that is the God's honest truth. 

Anna posted this 18 June 2019

😨 What you're describing sounds very similar to what my older sister went through with her daughter. She said that she was induced and then the pains were terrible immediately. She said it's worse when you're induced than when it all happens naturally. She also had an epidural to relieve her pain. I hope I don't have to be induced or anything like that. It sounds scary.😅 

I think this is really hard because it can be so different from person to person (based on the experiences of my friends with kids around the same age as mine). For me, my water broke spontaneously but I wasn't dilated at all and I wasn't having contractions, so they gave me Pitocin to induce contractions. Because of that, I went from nothing to really intense contractions very quickly, and it was really painful. As soon as they started I was asking for an epidural, and I absolutely would get one again. But, I think that if I hadn't had the Pitocin and the contractions had ramped up naturally, I might have been able to wait a while before having it.

Anna posted this 18 June 2019

You do have a good point. Everyone I talk to has a different story of how their birthing process went. I know many women who have more than one child so you make a valid point in saying it cant be that bad if some women are willing to go through it again. Also, everyone is telling me the same about the epidural. My mom was telling me to be careful about using that because it can drug the baby or something. I was concerned about that but after hearing from other moms I feel like I will most-likely be using the epidural. I don't like feeling pain at all!😵 

Of course it's an anxiety provoking situation, especially with your first! Everyone's experiences are so different that it's hard to get a grasp of what childbirth is like until you go through it yourself. I'd definitely recommend getting an epidural- like others have mentioned, there's really no reason not to. 

What helped put me at ease was the fact that there are SO many moms (including myself) who have mentioned having another child...while still in the hospital after giving birth! If so many mothers have more than one child and also are willing to go through the birthing process again (especially thinking about it while still recovering), then it can't be so bad. Of course it's painful, but once you see and hold your baby...it's like none of that matters and it was all so worth it. Good Luck!

Jennifer posted this 19 June 2019

I had a c-section, so I don't have an actual vaginal birth experience. I had an emergency c-section. That by far was the scariest day of my life. I had already had an epidural, thankfully, however, I still felt like i felt every tug, pull that happened. It felt like a TON of pressure on my belly. It was the strangest feeling I have ever had. 

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Sasha posted this 20 June 2019

It really depends, keep an open mind and remain positive. You got this! Our bodies were made for this! 

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Jane posted this 20 June 2019

Tiring and magical... its not easy, but you can do it. Moms have been doing it for hundreds of years so its nothing you cant handle. And I say magical because when the baby comes out, its like you cant even believe you create that little thing! But recovery can be a dosey so be prepared for that and sleep when you can! 

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Caty posted this 20 June 2019

Constipation on steroids I think can best describe my process of birth giving. At least until the baby comes out, then it's one of the best moments of your life, seeing your child face to face for the very first time. ðŸ˜­ 

Anna posted this 20 June 2019

My cousin also had a C section and she described it very similar to how you're describing it. Sounds intense.😓 

I had a c-section, so I don't have an actual vaginal birth experience. I had an emergency c-section. That by far was the scariest day of my life. I had already had an epidural, thankfully, however, I still felt like i felt every tug, pull that happened. It felt like a TON of pressure on my belly. It was the strangest feeling I have ever had. 

Anna posted this 20 June 2019

Thank you. I know you're right. I needed to hear that. 

It really depends, keep an open mind and remain positive. You got this! Our bodies were made for this! 

Nydia posted this 21 June 2019

I couldn’t have said this better myself! I felt the contractions but as far as the baby coming out, I didn’t feel a thing!

Say yes to pain medication!  The epidural is your friend! 

Nydia posted this 21 June 2019

I could not agree more about the epidural! I felt the contractions but once they gave me pain meds, I IMMEDIATELY felt better. And as far as the epidural, I felt no pain when it came time to push! 

Jennifer posted this 22 June 2019

I felt like Contractions were similar to period cramps but more intense.

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