Now, I am not pregnant, but I really need some advice regarding childbirth pain.
On Tuesday, I went to the chiaropractor for an adjustment, and felt fine until an hour later, when my lower back popped and it started to hurt. The pain just kept feeling worse and worse. I wound up falling down in my apartment and the paramedics came and helped me back up. Later that evening, I was eating dinner with my caregiver and choked a little on some water. All of a sudden, the very low of my back went into full-force spasms. I was screaming because the pain was so severe. It felt like it was waves of pain that would get extremely painful enough to cause my body to shake and then they'd taper off a little. I was screaming when the pain got super severe, that my caregiver couldn't get me to relax and breathe. It was like my body was making me scream involuntarly. Anyway, Gerri called 911 when I was still screaming after 45 minutes and no home remedies we tried helped.
When I got to the hospital and a nurse was checking my blood pressure, puting in an IV, and other stuff, she asked me to describe my pain. I told her how it was, and she told me that the way my pain was was the equivallent to back labor in the transition stage. I was shocked, but she told me that she had the same exact problem a year ago and compared it to that, since she had already had children and had gone through labor. After 8 hours, they discharged me and I went home. My back still has been getting occassional mild spasms, but not like what I had on Tuesday.
The reason I told you all this is because I want to try for a baby next year, after I graduate college and have a good job as a medical biller & coder. But, I am scared now of the pain of labor. If the pain of labor is anything like what I experienced on Tuesday, I know I will lose control and scream for hours on end. I don't want to do that, but I don't know what to do to prepare myself in the meantime.
The ER nurse I talked to told me that birth hypnosis helped her out, and she says that she still uses it for bad menstrual cramps and even for insomnia.
Does birth hypnosis actually help you relax enough to not scream and tense up during labor? Does anyone know of any programs that are good for this? I saw on Ebay that someone is selling a HypBirth kit, which is for birth hypnosis. Is this program good?
I am desperate for any advice, because I am now starting to doubt my abilities to even have a baby naturally.