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    ok yep im ready to grab my gear and leave before i have gotten there lol definitely something that should of stayed on my "SURPRISE!!" list at the actual birth.

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    Transition for both my labors I began to shake and a strange feeling ran through my whole body then felt the need to start pushing and with dd as stupid as it was cry and scream and say over And over I can't do it anymore.

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    Ok I'm planning on a epidural but I'm wondering how bad contractions get ? Are they bad or not too bad? I wish I knew what to expect

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    Quote Originally Posted by clucky14 View Post
    Ok I'm planning on a epidural but I'm wondering how bad contractions get ? Are they bad or not too bad? I wish I knew what to expect
    They're probably worse than anything you have ever felt but it's so weird... your mind and body just know that's what they're supposed to be like and you can do it. I only had the gas with dd and it couldn't have been that bad because I don't want anything this time and I'm super excited to go through labour again

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    I'm really looking forward to the day that I can answer this question.

    It feels very odd to be a parent and yet have no idea what labour or birth feels like.

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    Quote Originally Posted by clucky14 View Post
    Ok I'm planning on a epidural but I'm wondering how bad contractions get ? Are they bad or not too bad? I wish I knew what to expect
    Honestly, they're bad, and it's an unfamiliar pain. But they pass, and you can get yourself into a kind of zone to get through them. And as soon as you hold your baby you forget what the pain felt like. Apart from 'bad'. Giving birth is the most amazing thing I've ever achieved physically. I'm not saying don't have an epi, if you feel you want it. I wanted it and didn't end up getting it. I just never would have backed myself to do it without pain relief.

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    It stings. I preferred contraction pain to the stinging pain, but as pp have said its all over quick enough.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SassyMummy View Post
    I'm really looking forward to the day that I can answer this question.

    It feels very odd to be a parent and yet have no idea what labour or birth feels like.
    Labour and birth is such a small part of the parenting journey.

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    It does hurt, contraction pain is the worst for me because you don't know how long it's going to last (it could be minutes,hours) I've had 2 daughters naturally without the aid of drugs and I'm expecting my son in 4 weeks, I had my second daughter in October last year and my first is almost 8 so it had been awhile for me and for some reason I was telling myself it won't be that bad lol well I was very lucky my labour with my second went for 2hrs and the actual pushing was a minute and a half. The experience is still fresh in my mind and as I prepare for my sons birth the only thing I think about is I hope it goes well and we are both ok at the end of it, I've actually been in a lot of pain for this pregnancy my hips, pelvis and back have just been agony to the point where I can't walk so I will be relieved when it is over.

    It is a painful experience but the feeling you have when they pass you your baby is just indescribable, it's the most amazing rewarding feeling and it makes it all worth it you forget about everything I had tears with both my girls and didn't even feel the stitches getting done I was just so happy

    You will be fine Hun xx

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    Contractions are bad like a crushing pain with period pain x 1000. But there's a break between them. So you can recover. A spontaneous labour builds and your body releases hormones to help you manage it. I actually felt high at times during labour. It's hard but I found it manageable.

    Transition is a different experience, it's the only time I thought I can't do this. Then I remembered that's generally when you are fully so I reached in and felt and there her head was - so close!
    Transition is wild. It's longer contractions, minimal break, I was retching, panicking, hyperventilating, thrashing around in the birth pool then suddenly started grunting so I knew transition would be over soon.
    You tend to get big breaks in contractions between transition and pushing.
    They call it the "rest and be thankful" phase.


 

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