Ive never had the epi, only ever have gas really, i have given birth in many positions and the one that it the easiest is kneeling, either resting over a birthing ball or up the head of the bed bracing on the bed head, ive found the pushing stage very relieving, when you feel a contraction and bare down into it, for me anyway it takes most of the pain out of the contraction, the burning or stinging at crowning only last a minute at the most, but once you get past that your baby is pretty much born, one last push for the shoulders and he's out The more upright you are naturally the easier and quicker the 2nd stage of labour should be, gravity is a wonderful thing
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29-01-2013 12:00 #44
For me the pushing was painful but nothing compared to the intense burning/stinging of DD crowning. I had no pain meds at all.
I was so relieved when her head came out. It was instant relief and the rest was so easy.
I pushed for about 10 minutes.
People tried to explain the feeling to me but I honestly didn't believe it would be that painful. Lol.
29-01-2013 13:14 #45Member
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I just couldn't get the hang of pushing, the entire time I felt like I was doing it wrong lol (turned out he was stuck and not that I was pushing incorrectly :P). lt felt like doing a massive poo. My whole body was engaged, every muscle from head to toe pouring every ounce of energy into it!
I pushed for two hours... The little guy was in distress so in the end I had an episiotomy. I didn't feel my boy crowning because of the local they gave me before they cut me. I do know that once cut he was out in a rush on the very next push!!
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29-01-2013 13:33 #46Senior Member
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I agree with the pp who said its like you've been constipated for months and are pushing out a huge poo!! I had pethadine so I'm sure I'm not a reliable source, but I found it to be not as painful as contractions, just really hard work even though it was only 20 mins.
Didn't feel that burning stretchy sensation but it looked like the Ob was supporting the area. Also I had big breaks between pushes which I'm sure helped
29-01-2013 13:36 #47
I found pushing to be intense, but not painful. It was such a relief! I don't remember any pain from crowning, and DS pretty much shot out, there were no little pushes from me! I had a small tear that only needed two stitches.
29-01-2013 14:03 #48
I pushed for three hours and just could not get him out and so I had a ventouse delivery. I didn't find pushing itself painful, the crowning hurt a lot, but as previously mentioned: it's how you know you're doing something right!
29-01-2013 14:05 #49
I honestly dont remember after pains. Now Im not sure if I didnt get them much or have just forgotten them over the years. Now Im worried about after pains more than labor pains
29-01-2013 14:29 #50Senior Member
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Wow, so many replies to read through I have heard that having a waterbirth helps and I definitely plan to try it, the birth centre I am going to encourages it so I'm sure I'll at least try getting into the bath for a while.
At the end of the day its going to happen whether I like it or not so I will try to focus on staying relaxed and calm and hopefully that will help.
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