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post #21 of 31
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Originally Posted by Jynuine View Post

I think the thing is this- your body has to stretch, and be that in water or out- it's going to stretch. Waterbirth HELPS with pain in many women and even relaxing that area and keeping it supple, however water is also dehydrating and over extended periods of time can dehydrate that area, too.

 

I didn't know this.  I assumed that being in water softens you continously.  At least that is what those waterbirth books describe.  Is it good to get out of the water every so often to prevent this?  I am not pregnant yet, but am still nervous about labor and delivery pain, from what I have heard from others and seen on those TV shows like "Deliver Me" and "Birth Day" on Discovery Health. 

 

Jessie

post #22 of 31

Just want to say I planned a WB and ended up freaking out in the water lol I had to get out of it and birth elsewhere. Don't count on anything lol

post #23 of 31
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I didn't know this.  I assumed that being in water softens you continously.  At least that is what those waterbirth books describe.  Is it good to get out of the water every so often to prevent this?  I am not pregnant yet, but am still nervous about labor and delivery pain, from what I have heard from others and seen on those TV shows like "Deliver Me" and "Birth Day" on Discovery Health. 

 

Jessie


I got in and out of our tub during labor a ton.  Whatever felt right, I did.  My MW suggested we massage with olive oil a few months prior to birth, which I never did.  I remember in labor when it was starting to get intense, I looked at my MW and told her that I didn't do that, like I was in trouble or something, like a child.  She smiled and said not to worry.  I do think it would be positive to do though. 

 

I have watched a couple of those shows when I was pregnant, for some reason.   I recommend not watching them.  I do not feel that they give a good visual of what birth is really like, IMHO.  I believe they promote fear more than educate. 

 

 

 

post #24 of 31

I had a water birth with my first and definitely had the ring of fire.  I kept pushing her head out and she kept slipping back in a little between contractions and so I felt like the ring of fire stage went on forever.  With my second, I had him on our bed and pushing him out was such a quick process that the ring of fire stage was very brief and something I recall just digging deep and pushing through quickly.  I would venture a guess that the intensity and length of the ring of fire has a lot more to do with how quickly the head is delivered and less where you're delivering (water or land).

post #25 of 31
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Originally Posted by briannas auntie View Post



I didn't know this.  I assumed that being in water softens you continously.  At least that is what those waterbirth books describe.  Is it good to get out of the water every so often to prevent this?  I am not pregnant yet, but am still nervous about labor and delivery pain, from what I have heard from others and seen on those TV shows like "Deliver Me" and "Birth Day" on Discovery Health. 

 

Jessie

Stop watching those shows! It is nothing like those shows! I had a hypnobirth and I was really relaxed most of the time. Had my first in 11hrs and would never change a thing. She was 8lbs 6oz and I had a hard time pushing her out b/c her head was so dang big lol but I still wouldn't really say I was in pain, more like tightening and pressure, like really bad period cramps. The "ring of fire" did burn but it was so temporary it didn't bother me.
 

 

post #26 of 31

Only had it with first birth- after that (all waterbirths) no ring of fire/burning sensation.

post #27 of 31

I had a waterbirth with my 2nd, and oh yes, still had the ring of fire. I didn't feel it with my first (land birth). I think in my case, the difference was due to the long pushing stage numbing me the first time, as opposed to the baby's head suddenly dropping when my water broke the 2nd time.

 

The water reaaaally helped with dealing with contractions though. Especially the water jets against my back!

post #28 of 31
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Originally Posted by sosurreal09 View Post

Just want to say I planned a WB and ended up freaking out in the water lol I had to get out of it and birth elsewhere. Don't count on anything lol


My sister wanted to labor in water, but the heat of the water kept making her so nauseated that she had to get out. 

 

Jessie
 

 

post #29 of 31
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Originally Posted by briannas auntie View Post




My sister wanted to labor in water, but the heat of the water kept making her so nauseated that she had to get out. 

 

Jessie
 

 


Me too!  I believe that is why I was in and out.  I am one who cannot stand baths and never digged hot tubs.  I know that in the end...  I wanted to birth in water for my kid and oh... due to clean up thumb.gif.

post #30 of 31

 

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  I am not pregnant yet, but am still nervous about labor and delivery pain, from what I have heard from others and seen on those TV shows like "Deliver Me" and "Birth Day" on Discovery Health.

 

Keep in mind, those shows are DRAMA, not education.  Thus, they are going to show the high-risk, the hard labors, the difficult situations.  If watching them makes you afraid of birth, then don't watch them.  Or, balance them out with real birth videos that are designed to educate, not tittilate and terrify.

post #31 of 31

My second was a waterbirth at home and  I did not have the ring of fire.  My first wasn't a waterbirth and, believe me, I most assuredly had the ring of fire!  It was so intense with my first that I had no question how it got its name!!!! Yikes!!!   Maybe you should do a poll to get a visual... Fire?  No Fire?  Plus polls are fun:)LOL 

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