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    Default What did you do during labor?

    What did you do during labor to help you ease your pain?

    With my first I was pretty much holding on the the bed so hard I could feel my nails digging into my palm until epi was given to me. Then I was able to talk and relax. I was induced and pain hit me real hard and the intensity of pain took me by suprise.
    With my second, I didn't even know I was in labor until my contractions were 2 min apart! I had a shower, I walked around and was able to talk and laugh with my hubby in between contractions.
    I find walking around actually eased the pain a little and lying in bed was more painful.

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    i was in the car screaming and doing fractions in my head......from first contraction to baby in arms was 1hr 45 minutes and we live an hours drive from the hospital.

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    I tried the shower, heat pack and rocking, I kept doing these things over and over, it helped for the first few hours when I thought I was just in early labour and all of a sudden the pain hit me like a tonne of bricks and I begged to go to the hospital but midwife told me to try get through a few more hours because it was my first and " I had a while to go yet" ( meanwhile I was at home labouring in a heatwave).

    Fast forward an hour and I'm screaming my head off in the back of an ambulance fully dilated. I got given gas once I got there for delivery.

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    I lay in bed from 4am when my waters broke till 7.30 lol. Drove the hr long way to the hospital. Satin the shower for a few hrs. Walked around the room and walked on the spot for contractions. Then labour was still going at 3pm and I wasn't progressing so at 5 I was given an epi. I tried hard not to fall asleep after such a huge day! Oh and there was NOTHING good on TV lol

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    Early labour I was walking around, mid-labour I was kneeling/ leaning forwards and swaying my hips, and later, I was in the bath kneeling & learning over the edge of the bath. I actually cannot imagine what labour would be like laying on my back, I always found being quite upright and active and leaning forwards a very comfortable and easy position to labour in. The thought of being on my back with my belly stretched out scares me!

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    First labour I walked and walked and walked, and then ended up kneeling over the head of the bed, swaying with each contraction.

    Second labour I did the washing up, got my DS1 ready for childcare, hung the washing on the line and packed the car. When we got to the hospital I jumped into the shower and leaned against the wall, swaying.

    Anytime I was lying on the bed it was so much more painful.

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    Shower, walking, bounced on fit ball, then screamed for an epidural. Posterior baby and I was vomiting the entire time. Disappointed as I had read birth skills and envisioned being calmer and in control of the pain.

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    I read juju sundin's birth skills book. I made a plan of how I would deal with the pain.
    I laboured at home for 6 hours and forgot my plan. My sil, a midwife, made me get in the shower and it was wonderful.
    At the hospital, because it was a vbac I was in "the room of pain" (what the staff there call it, not me) where there was basically a bed and lots of machines. No room to walk around. I laboured dr another 5 hours on the bed, moaning through the pain. It was doable. Once the ob confirmed I was going into theatre though, I lost my focus and freaked out. It was probably a good half hour after that that they gave me my spinal, but it felt like days. I was hunky dory after the spinal though don't know why I stubbornly did it drug free up until that point, because I never really planned on it!

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    First baby - sat/bounced on fit ball and walked to start with. When I was almost at the stage of going to hospital I was in and out of the shower. In hospital I expected to spend most of the labour in the bath. Got in, lasted 5mins, got out. Being in water made it so much worse!! Went back to the shower for a bit then just wanted to lie on the bed on my side, which is where I stayed for hours before finally getting an epidural. The epi was turned down for delivery (with forceps) so I pretty much just panicked at that point lol!

    I was expecting to be a lot more active and also expected to like the water but it just didn't happen that way. I couldn't even stand the music i had so carefully selected for the labour!

    Second baby - induced, so I got the epidural straight away and it was a very manageable and fairly comfortable birth. Such a peaceful experience compared to my first!

    One thing I did do both times when I was having contractions was grab DHs hand and shake it up and down with a really exaggerated motion. I think the rhythmic nature of the movement helped focus me. DH thought it was weird.

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    I spent the first 2 hours of labour in the car lol, just had to focus on my breathing because I couldn't move around.
    Leaned on bed & swayed, then lay on the bed in the foetal position & moaned (DH says more like roared) when things ramped up. Only 5 hours active labour though so very lucky it was quick.
    Surprisingly I just wanted to be in my own zone. No touching, no music, no light, no shower, just me. Like a cave woman in a den lol! It was really weird & I actually don't remember much, just that the pain was manageable as long as nobody broke my focus. Had baby in hospital.


 

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