I dont know that it made labor more painful or not though.
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Second time, it didn't even get as bad as the first time. Never got as bad as the worst cramps.
And I got to use all the coping strategies I developed getting through cramps to relax my way through labor. So that was a bonus?
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My cramps have actually lessened, I'm on cycle 10 postpartum and I only hurt the first day and don't even require any meds now to make it through (just rarely).
My menstrual cramps before giving birth were horrible. Birth was different. I could handle birth. Even better than that was that after giving birth, my menstrual cramps have decreased in intensity.
I myself had back labour so the pain was completely different than af cramps. But still. I didn't think the pain was all that bad, until I was ready to push.
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I can't even imagine what that would have been like. When I was in labor I would have given anything to trade what I was going through for one of my periods in the bad old days (they quit being painful when I was 25).
#1 If you have bad menstrual cramps, labor pains probably don't seem as bad as they do for someone who doesn't have cramps, because it all takes them by surprise, but it won't surprise you. My doula agreed with this.
#2 My menstrual cramps are pretty bad, compared to most of my friends, but they are not seriously debillitating. Aleve is my best friend when I'm having them, though. My labor pains felt very similar to menstrual cramps, though they did get more intense than regular menstrual cramps. I found that I felt them in generally the same place, which is in my back and down my legs.
So I don't think that you will have worse pains because of your menstrual history, but you may find that they are similar.
Also, it took about a year of postpartum menstruation before my cramps returned again, and they are not as bad as they used to be, so that may be something for you to look forward to.
Labor was almost entirely in my back & I felt (TMI) like I was constipated with the world's largest BM for 48 hours straight. I felt the contractions in my stomach too but that didn't really hurt, at least not in comparision. Even though I wanted a 100% drug-free birth, I ended up getting stadol & an epi & some other weird thing (that was supposed to make me sleep but didn't) -- but there were other reasons for the drugs too (history of sexual abuse & they "needed" to check me & I was dumb) -- but yeah, labor was horrible, but totally different.
On the plus side, post-baby, AF is barely noticable!! I haven't had to take a single pain reliever in the 7 months since my cycle returned, most I ever needed was a heat pack & some extra rest!
Labour, for me, was nothing like menstral cramps. The contractions started off like them and I was sucked into thinking that it was fairly easy. Then active labour hit and boy did I change my mind. Both my babies were spine to spine labours and my contractions were pretty much continous with little break in between. Entonox became my friend! Even just sucking on the mouthpiece helped calm me down enough to go with it. It turns out, both my babies were born with their hands on their faces making even the pushing stage fun!
But it is different to menstral cramps, at least for me. I found labour very empowering, even when I had contractions that made me want to crawl out of my skin. I can't really explain it but in the end, the second my girls were born, all the pain immediately went away and the rush I got was phenomenal, which I didn't get with menstral cramps LOL.
Not necessarily, but for me, yes. And my afterpains were horrendous with both - including the first time, when no one believed they could be bad enough that ibuprofen and tylenol were worthless.
I can relate to what zinemama said. My menstrual cramps were hell that I could only tolerate lying in bed crying, or drugging myself into oblivion to escape; and labor was about a billion times worse. Not right at first - but ultimately, yes, much worse.
GL - I hope your labor is one of the easy ones!
ETA: - crunchymommy, my periods got MUCH better after having kids, but they did slowly go back to being quite bad, even though I haven't menstruated long between pregnancies (about 9 mos both times). I have endometriosis.
Also, my after pains with DD3 were pretty horrific.
Before I had children, I had the worst periods, heavy bleeding, diarrhea, vomiting and awful cramps, first birth was pretty awful due to it being an unnecessary induction but the births after were fine.
Maybe there is a psychological aspect to it? If my periods are this bad, labour has got to be so much worse, and then you go into labour expecting it to be awful and because of that mind set it kinda turns out that way????? I don't know?