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Katie - posted on 02/08/2011
I agree with Frances as I did the Bradley Method too. It was wonderful. I didn't scream during my labor. (I let a little one out right towards the end of transition because I forgot to relax) It was wonderful!!! It wasn't even half as painful as I expected it to be. In between contractions (except during transition) I was joking around with everyone and acting myself. I would highly recommend the Bradley Method to anyone who wants to have a natural birth. It was wonderful!
Nichole - posted on 02/15/2011
mine was just as you described too. I kept trying to 'time' my contractions but there seemed to be no 'start' or 'stop' to them to do so. I wasn't sure if it was labor or what lol...sure enough though it was, but walking and not laying down was a big help!
Linda - posted on 02/10/2011
mine was pretty much the same, what was scary though was that i let them give me pain medicine after i reached six cm it helped with the constant pain but that just made the contractions seem worse and after that none of my coping mechanisms would work cause i couldn't get myself back under control, probably wasn't the best way to go but now i know for next time
Racheal Leanne - posted on 02/17/2011
i was due to be induced on the 7th at 8 am ( as i was 12 days overdue with my daughter ) so on the 6th i started leaking didnt think nothing of it i was doing my house work at the time, so it got the 6 30pm and i noticed i was bleeding slightly so went to hospital sat in there whilst they monitored me and i was contracting every 10/ 15 mins wasn't painful at the time so they said i wasn't in labour sent me home at 10 30pm i was having them every 6 mins in the car coming home little intense, got home went on facebook ( as you do haha ) it got to midnight i begged my bf to ring them so he did they said as i wasnt screaming in pain i wasnt in labour and to take a paracetamol ! .. went upstairs to lie down by this point turned 2 30am i was in bed screaming every time i got a contraction but tried to breath thru them best i could and it worked a little & at 3 45am i could no longer handle the pain, rung a taxi to pick us up i got up ( they was every 3/4 mins at this point ) tried my best to get downstairs and put my boot's on, my mum rung an ambulance ( as she rung us to see what was happning & then i basically had the urge to push iv never been sooo scared in my life ! and i had her at 4 22am my bf delivered her on our living floor, il never forget this night and im sure she'll love to hear about it when shes older :) im ever so proud of how i handled everything, as i was induced with my son 2 & half year ago and was really drugged up altho that labour was only 4 hours long :) xx
Cynthia - posted on 02/14/2011
Hi! I experienced having the contractions right on top of each other too and it was horrible!! I developed HELLP syndrome at 7 1/2 months and had to be induced. I was hooked up to the DRIP after the cream failed to do anything and the contractions never gave me any break. They would let the contractions go like that for a couple of hours and then let me nap for a bit and then back into it. That lasted from Sat morning to Monday morning at 9:04 am when Katie was born. The labor pain itself was nothing compared to a full weekend of hard, hard contractions with no sleep or food. The labor itself was less than an hour. I had one epidural on Saturday night and another on Sunday. Katie, my beautiful baby girl was worth every minute of it and more! I have never been so happy in my entire life.
Darci - posted on 02/14/2011
I think my pain tolerance is pretty high and my labor pain was pretty awful. I was in labor for 20 hours and i would say the pain was pretty consistent I had what they call .cupling (don't know if thats the correct spelling) contractions meaning they were right on top of each other i started a contraction and once that contraction was getting close to ending a new one was starting so no 5 minute or even one minute breaks in between. it sucked and i opted for no epidural so it definitely hurt. After 12 hours of labor i decided to finally get the epidural i just couldn't take it anymore.
I was induced with my son and had piggy back contractions, at first it was a very dull ache like period cramping, I actually didn't realise I was in labour because I thought it would hurt more...then they broke my waters oh dear lord did my contractions start with no gap between them at all - I had back labour but also had pain in my abdomen. Luckily my labour was only 45 mins long, I only pushed 5 times for my son to be out. I actually found the pushing to be the least painful part of labour (although I may have forgot the pain a little).
Dora, congratulations...I'm due the 20th June as well :-)
Xiomara - posted on 02/09/2011
I had natural labor & my contractions were manageable til probably 7cm. When I got to the hospital I was already 5cm, w/out knowing or feeling it. 5seconds after them breaking my water, i felt the contractions. They started getting intense, & it was not pain in my lower back, but lower abdomen. The pain was like someone ripping my skin to get inside. At those moments the contractions were about every 1-3mins, so they were consistent. My dr's were trying to convince me to take the epidural, but I denied it, only b/c this was my 1st bby, & I wanted to experience it all naturally. My contractions in the end were soo intense tht I could do nothing but cry, forgot to breathe & hold onto the bedrail for dear life. Lol...After my Mimi came, with 30mins of pushing, I forgot all about the pain... My water was broken at 9:53am, was ready to push at 12:46pm, & my baby girl came at 1:16pm. Very Fast Labor.
Lyn - posted on 02/08/2011
Icouldn't feel my contractions what so ever, but I had terrible back pain from before that was excruiating during labor, not to mention every time i was on my back not lying on my side i was puking, at one point i was sitting and pushing while puking.
Frances - posted on 02/08/2011
The Bradley method teaches total relaxation to prevent uterine cramps. It prevents the flight-fight response and the fear-tension-pain syndrome. The uterus does not cramp with contractions so the pain is much less. The only pain during labor is from the cervix stretching. That is a dull ache and feels totally different from cramps.
My husband took a picture of me during a contraction in transition. It looked just like I was sleeping.
Dora - posted on 02/08/2011
Really strong cramping that felt worse if I tried to sit. It is NOT a pain that you just forget about. I don't know how some women can say they can't remember what it felt like. Even though it was crazy we are now going for #2 because the outcome was one of the most wonderful baby boys!!!!!!! Our son has brought us so much love and joy. Next baby due 6/20/2011 and I will not be using any drugs again. Even though it was painful I felt it was something worth experiencing as a whole.
Angela - posted on 02/08/2011
I would get like this twinges of pain in my lower abdomen...braxton hicks contractions,and they were very far apart,come to find out on my last dr appt my daughter turned around and became breached so I had to have a C-section....guess she wasnt ready to come out! LOL!
Frances - posted on 02/08/2011
Mine was a dull ache; similar to that of holding your mouth open wide for a long time. It was not a sharp pain like a cramp. I used the Bradley method, so I had contractions, but my uterus did not cramp. My period cramps actually hurt worse than labor.
Momof1 - posted on 02/08/2011
I had back labor, with no pain besides the contractions. I'd say they were a 7? But it definitely hurt and I hate pain. Of course now that my son is over a year, I pretty much can't remember how much it hurt. It was way more uncomfortable pushing. Like I knew once he was out, there would be relief, but pushing sucked. And to me, it felt like some pointy part of his body (?) was pressing on me while I was pushing. I tore on the last push, but not a regular tear (that goes down to the butt) I tore up. I know, weird. I was in labor for 12 hours 55 minutes, with it only getting really really bad 2 to 3 hours before pushing. It took 38 minutes to push him out and I had no pain meds. I'm anxious to hear from others who have had back labor with one and normal labor with another, so I know if I can expect a difference in the pain level.
Van - posted on 02/08/2011
It was a dull pain until contractions and I lasted 20 hours without any meds. SInce my son never moved towards the birth canal, I ended up getting an epidural and ended up with a c-section. I think the walking and breathing helped the pain a lot.
Chrystal - posted on 02/08/2011
Mine were awful! I was in 18 hours of labor, and I also had back labor! Back labor is hundred times worse than front labor. But anywho, they were horrible pains. I got an epidural and that wore off after like 2 hours. It was rough!
Jackie - posted on 02/08/2011
mine was all back pain for both mine. With my wee boy i felt nothing till my waters went (was at my brothers house warming party) then it was contractions every min till he was born 3 hrs later. My little girl was slightly different, after my waters when i had nothing for 3 hours then it was all in my back, but she had been facing back to front, my hubby had to massage the bottom of my back (things i have to do to get a massage), But all worth it in the end.
Mothtoflame - posted on 02/07/2011
sonya just read your post and sounds similar to mine. as it was my first didnt know any better and when midwife said i wasnt coping with the pain very well i took her word for it little did i know 20 mins later baby would be here. the whole pethadine thing has put me off any drugs as it left me and my son so sleepy and i think it was the reason his heart rate dipped on the way out and couldnt breast feed x hoping for a home birth this time x
Shelby - posted on 02/06/2011
I had very very harsh back labor. It was so bad that I was on the verge of throwing up with every contraction that I had. It was more painful that I could have ever imagined! I didnt get anything for pain so my hubby sat there and rubbed my back for 8 hours and every time he stopped i would get mad and make him keep rubbing. I was about 7 CM then they broke my water and I had to use the washroom shortly after, As soon as i stood up i went to fully dilated and needed to push right away.I never imagined that pushing would feel as good as it did. It was such a relief with my contractions.
Ambyr - posted on 02/06/2011
Mine started with my daughter as a light cramping. It got worse about ever hr. After about 6 hrs they started to come ever 1 1/2-2 mins apart. About an hr before she was born they were 30 seconds apart. With my son it was more of a gas like pain for the whole day ( so I didnt actually think I was in labour). I stayed at home for most of my labour with him because of how confused I was with this pain. About half an hr before he was born they were every minute. His were alot more painful then when I was in labour with my daughter.
Kristy - posted on 02/06/2011
My first one was a back labour, the pain was exhausting and excruciating, 27hours of it. The pain was like a stabbing pain and every part of me hurt from the waist to my knees. 2nd baby, bearable, pains that came in waves with my contractions, easy to handle, only a bit of gas when i went from 8cms to 9 and a half centremetres then it seemed to get easier so i didnt want the gas anymore and had a drug free delivery after that :)
Sonya - posted on 02/05/2011
i dont know if i had a bit of back labour can just member my mam having to rub my back as it was in bits. . well i ended up gettin gas which i didnt really want as it made everythin echo was werid but the nurse keep shovin it inme mouth ha n had pethidine which made me sleepy so i didnt knw how i was goin to be able to push altho the nurse told me it wud be another 6 hrs before my babyb would be here and about 10 mins later i told her she was coming now n she told me no your wrong she cant be but i begged her to check n when she did the baby was crownin ha am hoping to go without any drugs only the iv the next time :D an i cant wait :D
Katie - posted on 02/05/2011
It felt nothing like period cramps. I had some back labor, and I think the baby was laying on my sciatic nerve. (don't know how that's spelt) Whenever I was standing up especially during a contraction, I had this pain/numb feeling going down my right leg. It was horrible. I think that was worse than the actual labor. It wasn't so bad. It never got to a point where I thought I couldn't handle the pain. I enjoyed going natural, but it was tiring.
Elfrieda - posted on 02/04/2011
It was very different than anything I'd felt before. Between contractions, I don't remember any pain, just feeling like my back was sore, but during contractions it felt a bit like period cramps, just way stronger and more focused.
I kept getting the image of standing in a hole and someone kept shoveling wood chips or corn or something hard down on me. I had to keep stepping up on top of whatever was thrown down. If I didn't, I'd be buried! (the pain from the contractions was the wood chips, and me dealing with it was me stepping up higher) I knew that if I panicked or gave up, I'd be buried! But the more shovelfuls they threw down on me, the higher I'd rise, and soon I'd get out of the hole, so I was glad to get another shovelful, because that meant I was one step closer to getting my baby.
Wow, when I write it that seems crazy! But that's what I was thinking the whole time.
Erin - posted on 02/04/2011
Two words: back labor. I had the feeling of hot, stabbing knives in the small of my back and then it started to feel like my hips are being pulled out of their sockets. I wimped out and got an epidural. The second time, I got the epidural as soon as the burning started. Despite all the stories you hear about epidurals impeding pushing ability didn't apply to me.
Sharon - posted on 02/04/2011
Period Pains, only during contractions...started around 6am, light pains every 20mins or so....over the day they got to 10mins and were mildly uncomfortable...by 11pm they were bending me over and I couldn't move during the contractions. Never had pain anywhere else for the entire labour. Had my son 315pm, via c-section, the next day after only getting to 4cm.
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