I had an epidural but it kept cutting out and stopping and then it was turned off an hour or so before I had to push.
I knew when I had to push as I felt like I had to do a poo. I told the nurse and she talked me through pushing ten left me to take control. Because she let me take control It didn't hurt as much because I felt like I was running the show. I felt all the stretching and discomfort but was far too focused on pushing to care about the pain.
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29-01-2013 08:18 #21
29-01-2013 08:20 #22
For me, once I had contractions they were horrible and I couldn't focus but as soon as it came to pushing I was in the zone and it actually didn't really hurt. I would push 10 babies out over contractions any day lol
29-01-2013 08:24 #23
I had a drug free VB and found the pushing/ crowning part the hardest (for me contraction pain wasn't actually that bad). I didn't feel the pain of the contractions while pushing, but the energy of them was sooo intense, it left me completely exhausted. I pushed for around an hour (not coached, just my body doing it's thing), and the hardest part was that DS would crown, it would sting and burn like all hell, then after the contraction was over I would kind of feel everything move back up, which was a bit disheartening as I'd have to go through it all over again!
Everyone's pushing phase is going to be different, but I think being in an upright position helps widen everything and gravity is your friend! Having a long pushing phase was hard, but at the same time I think it gave my body enough time to stretch properly as I didn't have any tears or grazes.
ETA: the actual burning/ stinging only lasted the length of the contraction/ push - so around 60 seconds at a time, then it all went away until the next contraction.
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29-01-2013 08:25 #24
I did't use any pain relief during birth. Like some other PPs, I didn't really feel it in particular, I was just relieved that meant it was almost over, and sort of hanging on for dear life while out she popped! Contractions right at the end hurt far more, and I was just so glad that stage was over.
I've been doing heaps of reading and am interested in the viewpoint that pain in childbirth is caused mainly by fear and your muscles tensing as a result of that fear... so hopefully now that I know pretty much what happens it won't hurt so much... right!?
29-01-2013 08:32 #25
Contractions are the most painful
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I had no epi or pain relief, I pushed for maybe an hour? both times. I went pretty slow because everytime I felt pain I'd stop and wait for next contraction. I think this is also why I never tore.
What does it feel like? They don't call it the ring of fire for nothing! It's a burning pain, I also felt pain in my bottom because it's where you push from, I actually pushed out a heamoroid(sp?) And after birth it was very painful, like throbbing pain. Fr about 3 days I couldn't sit because my bottom was very sore and swollen, so for me it wasn't my vagina at all ??
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