Labor and Birth

Rachel - posted on 12/20/2013 ( 4 moms have responded )

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This is my first baby and I am 38 weeks pregnant now. I am having an all natural birth, no drugs or epidural. I was wondering how many others have had a natural birth and how did it go? I know I can do this and I remind myself of it everyday that many many women before me have birthed their children naturally so i can do it too. Still very nervous about it all because i have never felt it or gone through it before so not sure what to expect. Any tips are appreciated! :)

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Adrienne - posted on 01/21/2014

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I had my daughter (2nd children) June 2010 and to say the least natural birth is not for everyone. It indeed is painful but if your in pain for so long sometimes your body can't handle pushing the baby out. And that was my fear why u had an epidural with my first kid. But I was so miserable and in so much pain that they induced me and once they broke my water the contractions started with such force. That I wanted the epidural but my daughter came down so quickly I never had time to get the drugs. So the pain felt like the worst cramps not only in your vagina but in your stomach back hips and legs. The worse pain you can ever imagine. But once the baby was out the pain all of a sudden stopped. The heat and sweat from all the pain subsides and its like nothing ever happened. However there is no greater pain that natural birth. I appreciate all those women who had multiple children without the help of modern medicine because natural birth is no joke. But if you really want to try it, I say go for it. As long as your body can handle it.

So good luck and congratulations! !!!!!!

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Rachel - posted on 01/20/2014

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Yes I had my little baby girl on January 3, 2014 and yes was very painful. I caved and got the epidural at 7cm dilated and 9 hours of being in labor cuz i could not get through the pain and didnt see myself being able to deliver in this much pain. I was scared to death of the epidural and it took me 2 hours to decide to get it and my husband and the nurse had to coach me and hold my hand the whole time i was terrified out of my mind but i did it and afterwards got to rest some before delivering her. I was in labor for 15 hours and even with the epidural her coming out hurt like hell down there! I had to have an episiotomy cuz my babys head couldnt quit fit out of me so i am glad i got the epidural and wasnt able to feel my doctor cut me down there :/ dont know if i could of handled feeling that! Hearing it was bad enough! But she came right out as soon as my doctor made the cut and she was born! Truly a life altering experience and so amazing that us women can make such amazing little babies and they come out so perfectly!

Kayla - posted on 01/02/2014

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Also, I played word games with my husband during labor to try and keep my mind off the pain. And I still kicked his ass haha

Kayla - posted on 01/02/2014

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Not sure if you've had your baby yet, I see this was posted on the 20th of December. I wanted to tell you that with my first I had an epidural. But with my 2nd and 3rd babies, I did it completely naturally. I can tell you this much, it hurt like there was no tomorrow, but as soon as it was over, I didn't remember any of that pain. I found that during contractions, counting to 10 and then back down to 1 helped me to focus on something other then the pain. I had a 21 hour labor with my 2nd, and my baby boy was born at 11lbs 12oz. There is no point sugar coating it, saying it doesn't hurt that bad. Because it really does hurt a lot. But trust me, it is worth it after to be able to walk to the bathroom by yourself, and to be able to move around with your baby. When you have an epidural, your legs will be numb for some time after. And you feel like super woman when every one is impressed by your natural birth :) Good luck and congrats on your first baby

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