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Is this normal during unmedicated birth?

I feel a bit weird/embarrassed to ask this, but here goes. During my labor with baby #2 I had an incredible amount of rectal pain and pressure. I know some of this is normal, but by the time I was pushing the rectal pain was absolutely equal to if not worse than the vaginal pain. I never asked if this is normal or not, and now that I'm approaching delivery with my next baby I'm wondering about it again. My concern is that maybe I did something during labor to injure that area, or that something was wrong to start with. I do tend to experience several months of postpartum difficulties with bowel movements, mostly frequent diarrhea to the point of significant weight loss, but it always eventually goes away and I've had a GI work up and nothing was found.

So I'm wondering if the severe rectal pain during delivery is something that perhaps points to a problem, or whether this is common for natural deliveries. Any insight appreciated - thanks!
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This post is quite old now, but just in case you're still wondering- I had an incredible amount of rectal pain with my labor and birth. I had the father of the baby applying pressure to just above my rectum and it helped a lot but I ended up bruised and sore for weeks. But yes, the rectal pain was as intense as the vaginal pain!

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