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post #201 of 225
Well when you say childbirth I am assuming that we are talking about a natural vaginal childbirth. I attempted that, I ever started to tare but cephalopelvic disproportion was the reason that I needed to have a c-section. Well I know that the healing from a c-section (without pain meds) is way worst than a vaginal birth (I am assuming if I tore than I image that I can base how bad it hurts to give birth). I think it is great that so many of the responses have said no.
post #202 of 225
most painful, nope. most intense, yup.
post #203 of 225
No, I don't think it really pain I was feeling. It was the most powerful and intense thing I've ever felt.



Getting my belly button pierced hurt worse. And mastitis hurt pretty bad too, although I've lived through it twice and am still nursing both kiddos
post #204 of 225
No. My gallbladder attacks were as bad or worse AND they lasted a lot longer AND there was no baby to look forward to.

My worst labor cx were less than 20 minutes total per labor- I'd say more like 5-10 max.
post #205 of 225
not at all. my (unwanted) episiotomy on the other hand was herrendous afterward. (I used to joke at the time it felt like road rash on the crotch ) ugh.

pancreatitis and gallbladder attacks at the same time were MUCH worse. then puking for 4 days nonstop after having a c/s (ouchie!)

oh and 3x5 inch blister I got on my leg one time from a motorcycle. that one was defintly more painful.

one time I also had what I suspect to be ecoli. it was 3 days of complete hell. labor was a picnic in comparison to the vice like cramps that caused.

my first child's labor was awful due to positioning. (lots of back labor, long irregular contractions and was left alone in a birth tub for 14 hours by my MW's :irk) my second (VBAC and planned UP/UC turned hospital transfer) was very very mild in comparison (good positioning, contractions where like 30-45 seconds apart maybe?). I kept waiting for it to get "worse" or rather more intense up until the very end. for some reason I had it in my head the ending and birth would be one looong and more intense contraction(s) while pushing my contractions felt the same though from beginning to end of my labor. they never got more painful or anything. I couldn't beleive it when my daughter was born. I was like "THAT WAS IT!?!?!" I did have lydocaine(sp?) for the episiotomy, so I missed out on the ring of fire I guess?
post #206 of 225
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Originally Posted by Birth&Bunnies View Post
Well I just hate how most women think Childbirth is super painful, and then hear "horror stories" from other women. It makes it harder to overcome their fears or to be interested in Natural Childbirth. Much of it is our culture and additudes toward birth in this country.
I just wanted to say that my natural childbirth with my 2nd was so much easier and less painful than my first birth which I had an epidural for... if only I knew then what I know now.
post #207 of 225
Not even close...

Cracking my tailbone and developing an abcress over it, and then having the infected abcess that hurt so bad I could barely breathe cut into with a scalpel with no anesthetic at all... yeah... that will always be my most painful physical thing I think.

Labour didn't even come close.
post #208 of 225
My first two labors were at home and were long and excruciatingly painful because the babies were posterior.

My third was easy. I could have played cards the whole time. The fourth was easier also.

A lot, I feel, depends on "PPP": the size of the "passenger", the size of the "passage", how strong the "powers" or pushing are. The mother's mental and physical "P"reparation for labor are crucial to the ultimate outcome.
post #209 of 225
Interesting question.
I would not go as far as saying that labor pain "isn't that bad" However, I found the time I was stung by a stingray during my honeymoon in Thailand more painful...
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post #210 of 225
No way.

I have an inner debate over which was worse: my gallstones while 7 months pregnant, or the recovery from my ovarian surgery.

I tend to lean towards the surgery because I had the pain of being sliced open, recovering from general anesthesia (which makes me ill), the pain from the gas they used to inflate my stomach that had spread to my shoulders and back making movement impossibl, and all of the emotional aspects of surgery (especially surgery that could have rendered me infertile).

Gallstones are horrific. I usually explain it to people by saying I'd rather be in labor all day everyday than to suffer through another one.
post #211 of 225
My labor was the worst pain I've experienced--but I was induced and had back labor. I'm not a wimp, either; I've had kidney stones in the past and those are reputed to be worse than labor. But not in my experience.

I think if I had been allowed to go into labor on my own schedule it wouldn't have been so bad. Next time, unless there's danger to the baby, I'll hold firm on waiting.
post #212 of 225
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Originally Posted by Neth Naneth View Post
Well when you say childbirth I am assuming that we are talking about a natural vaginal childbirth. I attempted that, I ever started to tare but cephalopelvic disproportion was the reason that I needed to have a c-section. Well I know that the healing from a c-section (without pain meds) is way worst than a vaginal birth (I am assuming if I tore than I image that I can base how bad it hurts to give birth). I think it is great that so many of the responses have said no.
The recovery from my c-section was a walk in the park compared to labor. I just took a little ibuprofen, and I was good to go. Nothing like labor.
post #213 of 225
Ditto everyone on the gall stones. I know I mentioned it earlier in the thread, but they were horrible. ANd the accompanying pancreatitis wasn't pleasant either. Both more painful than labour.
post #214 of 225
*Induced* childbirth was the most painful thing I've ever experienced. With my second, I delivered naturally, and it didn't even COMPARE to the pain of my induction.
post #215 of 225
I had back labor both times and up until the contractions settled into my back it wasn't that bad. once it all moved to my back it was absolutely ONE HUNDRED PERCENT teh worst pain I've ever felt in my life.

I felt the need for clarification. it wasn't that bad the worst part was that there was no *break* it just went on and on and on and on...I suffered for almost 2hrs with ds1 before opting for the epidural and almost an hour w/ds2.

i'm glad I got the epidural though b/cuz ds1 tore me inside all along the side of the vaginal wall and also through a muscle or something along that side adn then I had to have an episiotomy, with ds2 i'm ambivalent..i was at 6-7cm when I got it but I did tear with him. next time i'm hoping to be able to find a way that works to make it through the pain without meds.
post #216 of 225
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Originally Posted by CalebsMama05 View Post
I had back labor both times and up until the contractions settled into my back it wasn't that bad. once it all moved to my back it was absolutely ONE HUNDRED PERCENT teh worst pain I've ever felt in my life.

I felt the need for clarification. it wasn't that bad the worst part was that there was no *break* it just went on and on and on and on...I suffered for almost 2hrs with ds1 before opting for the epidural and almost an hour w/ds2.

i'm glad I got the epidural though b/cuz ds1 tore me inside all along the side of the vaginal wall and also through a muscle or something along that side adn then I had to have an episiotomy, with ds2 i'm ambivalent..i was at 6-7cm when I got it but I did tear with him. next time i'm hoping to be able to find a way that works to make it through the pain without meds.
Try asking for the Saline water injections, they use a needle to put a little water under the skin in your lower back. It usually helps a lot with back labor and no side effects or bed confinement. That may take the edge off enough to labor without pain drugs.
post #217 of 225
Yes. Yes. Yes. I thought I was so prepared for it. And I just . . . wanted to die. It was so awful, I bit my poor DH at one point.
post #218 of 225
I thought I had already replied to this thread. Nope, not the worst pain ever. I have had extremely strong menstrual cramps in the past, which I feel were so much worse than the labor pains. The actual head being born was extremely intense, but now, 20 months later, I don't remember the pain one bit, aside from that it was intense.
post #219 of 225
When I was in college I was helping my mom move furniture. Long story short, she lifted and I pulled and I managed to rip my toenail off the nail bed, and then get fragments of my big old wool sock stuck underneath when the nail went back down. I had to go to the ER and have them remove the wool fibers from my nail bed.

Worst. Pain. Ever.

I've done completely natural childbirth, I've done back labor, I've done gall stones and an infected gallbladder. All a walk in the park compared to toenails. Now I know why the inquisition used to use that as a way to torture people.
post #220 of 225
Yes it was...unquestionably. But, knowing that it wouldn't last forever did provide some comfort.
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