More traumatic than the birth......at least thats how I remrmber it.
I had thought it would be painless, no big deal, because it's never talked about, right? Welllllllllllll, boy was I wrong!!!
I feel like the birth was no big deal compared to the placenta. I had no Epidural for the birth, but had I known what pain getting the placenta out would have been, it might have made me think twice about the epidural. (No, I'm really glad that I didn't have the epi, and I probably wouldn't again, but still....)
For some reason the placenta didn't want to come out. And after all the excitement and hard work from pushing out my DD the euphoria sort of wore off and then the pain started in. I had also lost a lot a blood and so passed out a few times right after the delivery, --maybe because I hadn't eaten very much that day either. The midwives seemed in such a rush to get the placenta out, they kept on pushing at my belly and pulling, I kept on saying; "What's the rush? Do you have to be somewhere?" to which they explained that it was dangerous to my health if the placenta stayed in too long. I don't know if that's true, because form all the research I'd done I'd never heard that there was a time limit to getting the placenta out, but I also think that my experience is an exception to the rule. (All you ladies with your squish, plop. Sigh...) I do know how dangerous it is if a piece of the placenta remains inside afterward, but is that related to how quickly it comes out? I don't think so.