Originally Posted by feebeeglee
OMG this made me wince and feel nauseated just reading it! OMG OMG OMG.
Me too. Oh heavens, I think that would have killed me.
First off, I love this thread. How great to read all the different experiences. Birth really comes in such a varity!
My first birth, which was induced with pit, was horribly painful. Crying for my mother, irrationally crying to just go home and not have a baby, for hours and hours and hours kind of pain. That was the worst pain of my life.
My second birth was beautiful. The contractions weren't painful in the least until I got to transition. That was really hard and intense, but still not really painful, like a knife through flesh kind of pain. Then my body started pushing and I thought I was being ripped in half. That hurt, and in retrospect I'm pretty sure it's because I'd lost control . . . my body began pushing on its own and I couldn't stop it or affect it in any way. The baby came out wrapped up in her cord and I'm pretty sure that's why my body chose to push her out so fast. But, yes, pushing was very painful, but it was also over in about a minute and then I felt great.
My third birth was quite hard. It was long and exhausting and became quite painful at the end. But it was very manageable . . . 30 seconds of pain followed by 30 seconds (or more) of relief. Once again transition was so very painful, but once again it was over before I knew it and I was content with a baby in my arms.
I think the most valuable info we can get from this thread is that every birth and every woman's experience of birth is so so different from the next.