Originally Posted by littlebeagle
I haven't read the replies but just thought I'd post my experience...
I've had 3 natural births... It doesn't hurt when the head is in the canal or when it is crowning. When it's crowning, you just feel TONS of pressure, like you have to poop and the poop is about to come out! It doesn't start to burn until you are actually pushing the head out. And even then, it's not that bad. Sure, it hurts, but it's tolerable since it doesn't last for very long. Once the head is out, then you can rest for a tiny bit. And then, once the shoulders are out (I can't remember if delivering the shoulders hurt much or not), then you're home free because the rest of the baby sort of just slithers out!! haha.
respectfully: this really depends on the person, the baby, and the position the mama is giving birth in. seriously.
for me, the pain WAS intolerable, only i *had* to tolerate it, since there's not a whole heck of a lot you can do while the baby is crowning, except keep on keepin' on, yk?
if i can be honest here ~ i freaking *hate* the feeling of the baby crowning. it hurts in a way i can't even describe.
everyone is different. period. and even though there are things all mamas can do to relieve some of the pain, like ~ relaxing in water... relaxing in general... *not* being on your back to deliver... etc., for some mamas, it's just going to hurt like heck.