I was induced, and was not able to have anything other than gas, pethadine or a c section under GA. I was bloody determined to be awake when DS arrivef, so got through on gas alone. It was a ridiculously quick labour. I was lucky, i negotiated with my sympathetic obs to use gel to kick off contractions. I was already almost effaced and begam dialating before the induction, so the gel was enough to start labour. More importantly, the hospital i delivered at would not allow the drip until 6 hours after the last gels. In that time, i dilated and had ARM which actually got me into transition. The drip was turned in for all of 2 mins before it was apparent i was well into transition.
The ring of fire was nothing compare to transition. Pushing was an automatic reaction and didnt hurt much at all, it was relief to finally have a break in contractions and they hurt way less. The ring of fire was yuckyl but really it felt to me like maybe 0.5% of my body was in pain and it felt good to push otherwise, so i went with it. Didnt feel shoulders or anything after the head, and i did all my labouring on my back. 2nd degree tear, i didnt actually realise id torn until afterwards, the area stretched until it went numb.
Yes, a moment of silence for transition. It is nasty nasty business. I pretty much think i had an out of body experiencem i was in so much pain i felt almost like i was watching myself struggling. If anyone is considering gas, try hold out for as long as possible before starting - i am sure it gave me some reoief because by that stage ANYTHING would havd made me feel better, even someone bashing my toes with a hammer to distract me from the contractions.
Youll be fine. Just keep remembering your body knows what it needs to do, if nothing else just do not fight what its trying to do.