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Did you feel the "ring of fire?"

post #1 of 91
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I hear all kinds of hoopla about the "ring of fire" that you are supposed to feel when the baby is crowning. Do you feel it? I never really experienced it. I always attributed it to being so relieved to be pushing; my body seemed to block out the pain. It was absolutely nothing compared to transition, or when the OB tried to move a cervical lip, or when I had to get stitches for a tear after my doctor yanked my baby from my body (note extreme bitterness ).

Back on topic...is this something you have experienced?
post #2 of 91
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post #4 of 91
I never felt it either. My midwife even asked me at the time if I felt it and I really didn't. I think I was too focused.
post #5 of 91
Yes. I had it for my first 5 births. For all of those, I hated hated HATED the pushing part. The ring of fire was awful for me. With my most recent birth, I had NO pain whatsoever with pushing. No ring of fire, no nothing. Of course, the last part of labor for that particular baby was so incredibly unbelievably excruciatingly painful I think I deserved it
post #6 of 91
Oh, yeah. Not so much with dd, but definitely with ds. And his head WAS bigger.

Still. I had a contraction, he was crowning, contraction stopped, so I'm standing there, burnnnning, and I start singing, with my doula. "I went down down down and the flames just went higher. Oh it burns burns burns... that ring of fire... that ring of fire."
post #7 of 91
I felt burning but it didnt feel as bad as the description of ring of fire, so I am not sure
post #8 of 91
I never felt it with either birth.
post #9 of 91
I felt the burn with ds2, I would think so, the docs were all like "ouch that musta really hurt, look at the size of his shoulders"
post #10 of 91
I felt burning, but I don't think it was really ring-like.
post #11 of 91
I, too, felt a slight burn or sting.
post #12 of 91
Oh yeah. Both times.
post #13 of 91
First time, nope. NOt even all that pressure people describe. I pushed for about 40 minutes and I think everything was numbed up by the time he'd descended that far.

Second time - YEP. Much faster birthing (I didn't really push, she just whooshed out). When my water broke she crowned instantly and yipes, there was that ring of fire. DIdn't last long though.
post #14 of 91
Nope, neither birth. A lot of pressure but no burning.
post #15 of 91
YES! i remember saying to the mw "this has to be the ring of fire"
post #16 of 91
Yes, with #3 and #4.

post #17 of 91
No, not really. I did feel a lil tingling but nothing that would have stopped me from pushing!!! The overwhelming urge to push was greater then any burning. LOL
post #18 of 91
Not with dd1. Hospital birth and the OB gave me shot down there to numb it.

With ds I was shocked when I felt it. I'd heard people talk about it, but didn't really think much about it. As soon as I felt it I knew what it was. And I felt it with dd2.
post #19 of 91
Yes, but I only pushed for five minutes or so. It felt more like the burn you get when you have a micro tear in your vagina, and then urinate. Or if you have a UTI. Well, more intense, of course, but that is the *type* of pain for me.

It was not insane probably b/c he was born so soon after he crowned. Plus, he was not in the birth canal very long.
post #20 of 91
No, didn't feel it. I only felt pushing urges, nothing else. I was pushing for a very long time (4 hours) and at the end my midwife finally did a tiny episiotomy. I didn't feel that either. I assumed there was pressure on the area for so long that it had gone numb.
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