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Poll Results: How bad did it burn when you pushed our your baby's head and shoulders?

 
  • 13% (20)
    It was the most intense burning pain I've ever felt in my life, like fire!
  • 40% (60)
    It burned, but it was tolerable.
  • 10% (15)
    I just barely felt a burning sensation.
  • 21% (32)
    Burning? What burning?
  • 12% (19)
    I've had multiple babies, and it was different with each one.
  • 2% (4)
    Other, see my comments below.
150 Total Votes  
post #41 of 61
I voted "barely felt a burning sensation" but perhaps I have amnesia b/c it's been more than 5 yrs since DD was born.

I remember my doula saying,"just push past the burning sensation." I thought "What? no one told me about that!" (I went into labor before we finished our birthing classes so perhaps they talked about that at the last session.)

It was the most beautiful, empowering experience in my life.
post #42 of 61
I voted: "It burned, but it was tolerable." Gotta love waterbirth! No tears and no pain postpartum.

Now my first birth was another matter... pushing in lithotomy position and an episiotomy. For that I would vote "It was the most intense burning pain I've ever felt in my life, like fire!" and that would include my postpartum healing time and about 9 months of uncomfortable sex.
post #43 of 61
Hmm, I don't remember a burn, but I was in the water. I do remember pain but I don't think I felt the ring of fire. I never thought I would forget that pain but now I really can't remember.
post #44 of 61
I barely felt burning with any of them, just the same contraction pain. I did tear, so maybe the burning/stretching just didn't happen as much for me.
post #45 of 61
Quote:
Originally Posted by hellyaellen
althought during crowning it did seem to be localized in the clitoral area. (weird, eh?)
I had the same thing with my second birth, my biggest baby so far. I did have the ring of fire, but it was very intense on my clitoris. Like, I thought it was going to tear in half! It was the scariest part of any of my (not very scary) births. I was worried I was going to lose out on a lot of fun

I put it was tolerable. It did burn, but not for long.
post #46 of 61
It felt like I was trying to rip my arm off by myself with no tools. And it did NOT get numb like so many people say. But it doesn't last that long, and I'd do it again in a heartbeat for another baby---soooo worth it!
post #47 of 61
What burning? My belly was being ripped apart, that's all I felt.

This time no hospital for me and I know it will be manageable this time just because of it.
post #48 of 61
I felt a terrible burn when I was upright in the birth stool. My midwife realized that my daughter was crowning too fast. Her exact words were "gravity is not your friend right now" and she had me abandon the birth stool and lay semi-reclining in the bed (I was afraid to sit on dd's head ). I honestly don't remember *any* pain after that.
post #49 of 61
I voted "different for each" . . . but they were similar. . .

the first time, the entire experience was just so intense, i don't recall for sure, but I definitely didn't hvae the "ring of fire" feeling. my MW used hot compresses (AWESOME!!) and olive oil. I also had very slow controlled pushing, and no tears, so perhaps that affected it.

I barely felt a thing the 2nd time except for the pressure. My son was born in the caul (intact water bag) so that helped immensely with cusioning. He also had a hand by his head but I think the intact bag masked that. I had the same MW this time and the same hot compress/olive oil combo, with no tearing.

The 3rd time, again similar. .no real ring of fire feeling. but yeah, like others said, the butt pressure!!!
post #50 of 61
It burned but it was tolerable. The worst part was I could feel myself ripping. That sucked! I didn't rip that bad though, didn't even require stitches! Don't know how I would have survived it had been bad!
post #51 of 61
Quote:
I voted: "It burned, but it was tolerable."
I voted for this too but it was more pressure than burning.....more like a train was trying to come out of my butt. LOL I had a waterbirth too with no rips or cuts. I just remember thinking I was going to poop in the water but it was really the baby pushing out. LOL I didnt push for long at all, maybe 5 minutes?
post #52 of 61
Quote:
I barely felt a thing the 2nd time except for the pressure. My son was born in the caul (intact water bag) so that helped immensely with cusioning
My daughter was born that way too, so maybe that is why I dont remember burning. LOL
post #53 of 61
Quote:
Originally Posted by mamaroni
My son was born in the caul (intact water bag) so that helped immensely with cusioning. He also had a hand by his head but I think the intact bag masked that.
Hmm, my son was in the caul with a nuchal hand, and it REALLY hurt. Enough that I asked if I was going to split open, while simultaneously chiding myself because the part of my brain that was still rational knew that it wasn't true.
Oh, I see that both of you with caul babies were also having your sencond baby, and I presume second birth. Ds was a VBAC, so it was the first stretch for my perineum.
post #54 of 61
Mine burnt like fire and was not tolerable, but then I (kinda?) found relief.

I had always been so curious about the birth orgasm, and during the ring of fire at the end of my lightening fast second birth, I finally remembered to touch myself. I actually shivered with pleasure on top of the burn when I lightly touched my clitoris and inner labia. They tingled delicious-ly, far more wonderful than any previous sexual experience.

I didn't have an orgasm, but I was definitely engorged down there and it helped to touch myself. This time I'm gonna start the caressing earlier!
post #55 of 61
OH- I have thought about this a bit-
I wanted to say- If I had another baby I would have it naturally!
So- it could not be that bad!LOL!
post #56 of 61
Both times I felt just a bit of a burn. I remember thinking "Oh, that must be the ring of fire" and then the baby came out and it was over. No time for intense pain, but mine have all come out rather quickly.
post #57 of 61
I know it hurt but I don't remember the pain part very well. I just remember near the end of the pushing (I think when her head was crowning) saying "sweet baby come out you're hurting momma!" I do know that when I pass a large poop though I get flash backs to her birth. Part of that might be because I'm pooping in the same room she was born in too though!
post #58 of 61
it was intense. after having a very peaceful labor, i screamed bloody murder 3 times (like in a murder movie) while my k's head crowned. this was baby number 2.
on baby number one, i made a little noise but no screams, it didn't hurt as much.
post #59 of 61
I voted "I've had multiple babies, and it was different with each one"
post #60 of 61
for me, i felt the burn, it was tolerable, and over before i could hardly register "oh, that burns", and then it was gone, my baby was out, and i was blissed out in love
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