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post #41 of 225
Worst pain for me was the stitches after my dd was born.
post #42 of 225
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Was (natural) childbirth the worst pain you've ever experienced?
Yes, by far. But it's not at all representative of the average unhindered birth, and I think it might have had to do with previous injuries.

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I have to say I've had worse pains than that, and I'm wondering if there are more moms out there that think childbirth wasn't that bad. Or was I just lucky?
I don't think you were lucky, I think that's normal and average for a midwife-attended homebirth.
post #43 of 225
Not the worse pain for me. It was very painful at times but manageable and I knew there was an end in sight so that helped with pain management a lot. The worse pain for me was having a sinus infection that lasted for a week. The pain was so bad I wanted to be shot and put out of my misery.
post #44 of 225
I think childbirth could be the most painful thing except for the fact that you get this small breaks in between which somehow makes it doable. I think if childbirth was one long contraction with no breaks almost no one would be able to do it....nature is a wonderful thing.

Contrast that with getting my wisdom teeth out (the third day after the extration was by far the most painful) where there was no blissful release for even 10 seconds and my perception of that pain was far worse than my perception of my two natural births.

My induction with Rhys was excruciating but I don't think it was more painful than my labours with Niamh and Isla....just that due to the circumstances of that labour I was not able to keep my head and work with my body and through the pain...so my perception was that it was more painful due to that fact KWIM?

Pain is mostly about perception so it is hard to quantify it sometimes. While my two VBACs were painful there was also a certain joy in working with and through the pain and making it to the "other side"....I think that perception makes it difficult to look on the pain of those births in a negative way (at least for me).

Steph
post #45 of 225
I'm such a wimp that it hurt to read this thread. GAH!
post #46 of 225
No, childbirth is not the worst pain I've experienced. I've had pain much worse.

I think that childbirth, since it is a natural thing for a woman's body to do, comes with coping mechanisms. Women birth and so therefore have the ability to cope....unless something is wrong.
post #47 of 225
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Originally Posted by Baby Makes 4 View Post
10 was also my last miscarriage, the physical pain was slightly less than labour but the emotional pain amplified it to an unbearable level. It also lasted much longer than labour.
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I haven't actually had a natural childbirth, because ds1 was cut out at transition. But, I did labour for 20 hours....guess it depends how painful pushing would have been (I understand that varies a lot from woman to woman and pregnancy to pregnancy).

Compared to dilating to 10cm...

I've had a couple of migraines that were worse.
One of my three miscarriages was worse.
Tearing the ligament in my knee was worse.
The first few days post-op after my c-sections were worse. At least when I was in labour, I could laugh...and cry.

I wouldn't say any of these were lightyears worse, though...pretty comparable. But, labour felt good, as well as hurting. The other things only hurt.
post #48 of 225
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Originally Posted by wordmommy View Post
Yes, it was the worst pain I'd ever felt. BUT--I knew it would be over at X time with a baby on the other end and as long as I remembered that, I was okay.

Migraines suck and you don't know when they'll stop. Same with anal fissures and a UTI. I've had all three and I would say that the experience of those was much, much, much worse.


See, I think that was my problem with #1...for the first 30 hours of active labour I was able to tell myself it would be over at some point and I'd have a baby, for the next 18 hours I started questioning that, then for the last 8 hours I had just stopped believing that it would ever end and I freaked out...56 hours is way to long to be in active labour.
post #49 of 225

After Pains???

Not to go OT but....

As you can tell from my siggy, I have not had children yet....

Can someone tell me about these nursing afterpains? I have never heard of them before!
post #50 of 225
Yes, but that isn't saying much because overall I have experienced little physcial pain in my life (no broken bones or chronic conditions). And it was temporary, with a finite end and wasn't as bad as I thought it might be (more intense than painful, strictly speaking).

I would take childbirth over an ear infection/ear ache.
post #51 of 225
My first natural labor is my "10" on the 1-10 pain scale. I was in pain for my second natural labor but when the nurse asked me to rate the pain I was like, "Um... 2 or 3" - because the first labor was REALLY bad for some reason, like being stabbed with knives! Really sharp pain! The second one was not as bad.
post #52 of 225
You can get afterpains from the uterus contracting back down. They are worse when nursing and with subsequent babies. I didn't feel them at all with my first. With my second, they were generally soothed with a hot water bottle.
post #53 of 225
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Originally Posted by thesimplelife25 View Post
Not to go OT but....

As you can tell from my siggy, I have not had children yet....

Can someone tell me about these nursing afterpains? I have never heard of them before!
If we're talking about the same thing, it's contractions you have when your uterus is shrinking back to normal size.
post #54 of 225
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Originally Posted by thesimplelife25 View Post
Not to go OT but....

As you can tell from my siggy, I have not had children yet....

Can someone tell me about these nursing afterpains? I have never heard of them before!
I didn't really have afterpains. I was told they get progressively worse with each birth, but after three, I haven't really experienced this. Maybe some light cramping for a day or two after, but nothing worthy of taking anything for. I have heard that they can be like really bad menstral cramps :

Some people have compared contractions to menstral cramps, but that isn't what they felt like to me.
post #55 of 225
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Was childbirth the worst pain you've ever experienced?
No i managed 3 labours with no painrelief and was in tears with tooth ache : yes labour was very painful and the after pains were even worse but the tooth ache all the side of my face, head, ear and eye hurt. It probebly wasn't more painful the tooth ache than the labour, i think it was not knowing if it would ever end that made me cry, at least i knew labour had an end and the more pain the closer the end kwim
soz if i don't make any sence, i never do
post #56 of 225
Not the worst pain I've ever felt (didn't tickle though). Breaking my toes has hurt way worse. Way worse.

It drives me crazy when women say to pregnant FTMs, "It's the worst pain you'll ever feel." I always chime in with, "well, it may have been the worst pain YOU'VE ever felt, but that doesn't mean it'll be the worst pain SHE'LL ever feel. It certainly wasn't the worst pain I've ever felt."
post #57 of 225
Uhhhh, not the worst pain by far. The absolute worst pain I've ever been in was when I was pregnant and had appendicitis. I did not know what the pain was and literally wished for death. Completly true.

I actually like being in labor.....
post #58 of 225
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I didn't really have afterpains. I was told they get progressively worse with each birth, but after three, I haven't really experienced this. Maybe some light cramping for a day or two after, but nothing worthy of taking anything for. I have heard that they can be like really bad menstral cramps :
I got them really bad they were worse than labour felt like i was in labour for 5 days
with #1 they were like strong period pains, with #2 they were like very strong contractions as bad as labour contractions for about 4-5 days, each pain lasting from 5-30 mins depending on wether cameron was feeding or not and with #3 they wre like extrememly painful contractions worse than labour they made me go dizzy.
I really want more lo's but the one thing i'm dreading more than anything is the after pains being even worse.
what do think my chances would be of being able to go to hospital after baby is born for an epidural
post #59 of 225
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I actually like being in labor.....
me too i find it very empowering sought of kwim

although if anyone asked me if i was likeing it whille i was actually in labour i would probebly have a few choice words to say
post #60 of 225
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Originally Posted by thesimplelife25 View Post
Not to go OT but....

As you can tell from my siggy, I have not had children yet....

Can someone tell me about these nursing afterpains? I have never heard of them before!
Its when your womb contractions back down to normal size after haveing baby for some they can be very painful and get worse with each baby as your womb needs to do more work to get back down to the normal size.
mine deffinately got worse each one.
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