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#1 of 91 Old 12-22-2006, 12:37 AM - Thread Starter
 
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I hear all kinds of hoopla about the "ring of fire" that you are supposed to feel when the baby is crowning. Do you feel it? I never really experienced it. I always attributed it to being so relieved to be pushing; my body seemed to block out the pain. It was absolutely nothing compared to transition, or when the OB tried to move a cervical lip, or when I had to get stitches for a tear after my doctor yanked my baby from my body (note extreme bitterness ).

Back on topic...is this something you have experienced?

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Nope.

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Nope.
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I never felt it either. My midwife even asked me at the time if I felt it and I really didn't. I think I was too focused.
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Yes. I had it for my first 5 births. For all of those, I hated hated HATED the pushing part. The ring of fire was awful for me. With my most recent birth, I had NO pain whatsoever with pushing. No ring of fire, no nothing. Of course, the last part of labor for that particular baby was so incredibly unbelievably excruciatingly painful I think I deserved it
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Oh, yeah. Not so much with dd, but definitely with ds. And his head WAS bigger.

Still. I had a contraction, he was crowning, contraction stopped, so I'm standing there, burnnnning, and I start singing, with my doula. "I went down down down and the flames just went higher. Oh it burns burns burns... that ring of fire... that ring of fire."

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I felt burning but it didnt feel as bad as the description of ring of fire, so I am not sure
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I never felt it with either birth.

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I felt the burn with ds2, I would think so, the docs were all like "ouch that musta really hurt, look at the size of his shoulders"
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I felt burning, but I don't think it was really ring-like.

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I, too, felt a slight burn or sting.

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Oh yeah. Both times.
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First time, nope. NOt even all that pressure people describe. I pushed for about 40 minutes and I think everything was numbed up by the time he'd descended that far.

Second time - YEP. Much faster birthing (I didn't really push, she just whooshed out). When my water broke she crowned instantly and yipes, there was that ring of fire. DIdn't last long though.

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Nope, neither birth. A lot of pressure but no burning.
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YES! i remember saying to the mw "this has to be the ring of fire"

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Yes, with #3 and #4.

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No, not really. I did feel a lil tingling but nothing that would have stopped me from pushing!!! The overwhelming urge to push was greater then any burning. LOL

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Not with dd1. Hospital birth and the OB gave me shot down there to numb it.

With ds I was shocked when I felt it. I'd heard people talk about it, but didn't really think much about it. As soon as I felt it I knew what it was. And I felt it with dd2.

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Yes, but I only pushed for five minutes or so. It felt more like the burn you get when you have a micro tear in your vagina, and then urinate. Or if you have a UTI. Well, more intense, of course, but that is the *type* of pain for me.

It was not insane probably b/c he was born so soon after he crowned. Plus, he was not in the birth canal very long.

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No, didn't feel it. I only felt pushing urges, nothing else. I was pushing for a very long time (4 hours) and at the end my midwife finally did a tiny episiotomy. I didn't feel that either. I assumed there was pressure on the area for so long that it had gone numb.
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I definitely did with my first birth. YIKES!!!
With my second sort of, but it felt sooo good to push that time.
With my third, no, but I had other pain, it was weird . Probably him finishing his turn from posterior to anterior.

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Yes. I had it for my first 5 births. For all of those, I hated hated HATED the pushing part. The ring of fire was awful for me. With my most recent birth, I had NO pain whatsoever with pushing. No ring of fire, no nothing. Of course, the last part of labor for that particular baby was so incredibly unbelievably excruciatingly painful I think I deserved it
That's interesting! My second labor was unbelievably painful, but pushing was awesome. Maybe my body was pumping out so many natural painkillers to try to counteract the hideous pain of the contractions that by the time I was pushing the pain was being numbed somewhat.

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I felt it. It was so intense that I made the decision (in my foggy laboring mind) that I was finished with the whole labor thing and wouldn't push anymore. Ha Ha! That didn't quite work! I think it was so intense for me because she came so fast. I only pushed 20 minutes and she was my first baby.

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Yes... I have felt it. I use it as a gauge to tell me when to breathe through the contractions and let the tissues stretch. I do pretty well with that until I just get to that point of no return, when I figure it doesn't matter anymore... baby has to get out!
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Another vote for no. One medicated birth and one non medicated.
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No I didn't feel it, just sooo much pressure I was convinced I would have a fourth degree tear. I'm another one who absolutely hated pushing (the only part of labor I don't look forward to again), although maybe my next birth will be different.
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Heck yeah I felt it. Course he was stuck there forever. Head half out, perineal massage and everything and he didn't want to move. I had heard that the pushing would be a relief but for me it was pretty much the toughest part. I even remember saying that I thought this was supposed to be the easy part. Yeah right, not for me anyway.
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Four births and I've never felt the "ring of fire."
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No, I didn't feel the ring of fire. What I did feel was extreme stretching/stinging, especially at the top. It was painful (but not burning or fire) and I thought I was tearing upwards (which I was not). When I did tear, I didn't feel it at all.

I was in so much pain at that point and hated pushing so much, though, that even if I HAD felt it, I wouldn't have cared, lol. Obviously the birth was unmedicated, lol.

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No I didn't feel the ring of fire. It felt good to push.

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