In fact, back when I broke that leg, my doctor told me that the upside was that having been through that amount of pain, I would probably find birth to be a walk in the park if I had children some day (he was trying to cheer me up). He wasn't that far off, and I think part of the reason I was not overwhelmed by pain was that I had already been through much worse. I think it might do something to your brain to be in that much pain.
and 3 , in our happy secular
i would much rather go through my pitocin induction (when i didn't know better or know MDC existed..) 3.5y ago than get one of the migranes i used to get that lasted for days with auras and such...
amazingly though, after i had that daughter, my migranes like that went away and so did all of my allergies and hay fever????!!!! it's wonderful!!!!
My VBAC was relatively painless, so there are a lot of things more painful. Have I ever WORKED harder in my life? Nope. But it wasn't pain.
I've had bad tooth aches, headaches, back aches, etc... and I would say that they hurt more, but labor is so intense!!! So, I'd rather have a headache than go through the hours of labor again... plus the fact that I'm losing my mind with two kids, I don't know what I'd do with more!
And bad as it was it does not even come close to having an inflamed, abcess that hurt so bad I was screaming with noone even touching it being cut into with a scalpel and no anethestic at all...
Nothing has ever hurt worse than that and I can't imagine anything ever coming close...
Mama to Toad (08/06), Frog (01/09)... and new baby Newt born on his due date, Sep. 8, 2010
Laying on the floor literally screaming in pain overnight...........from about 9 pm until 6am... I still don't know what caused that pain, but I had waves upon waves upon waves of the worst pain I've ever experienced in my life.
Or maybe it was a voodoo doll. Everytime I get those stabbing pains for no reason that cause me to yell out, I figure someone is sticking a pin in my doll.
Tina ~ SAH- head Mama to -
DS (07/'03), DD (05'05), DS, unplanned UC (01/'09), DD (06/'11) ...
SURPRISE! New little one, due Sept. 2013
So for me, fake childbirth hurt worse than childbirth.
mom of (8) (5) (3) and born at home on Christmas day!
both times of being in labor, i didnt scream or cry, or anything, and umm..i did a lot of both with my teeth hurting. it hurt so bad i ws seeing black and stars.
i didnt really get the ring of fire thing with my first, the doc was threatening me with a vacuum for not pushing fast enough (and i got him out in 7 pushes..wtf? she shoved the freakin thing in me and i wanted to knock her more than one. omg that HURT.) and that tore me. very bare\ly, but my skin was split by it, and him conming through hurt as well because of that (and yes, going to the bathroom after it stung a lot. it didnt dawn on my that the spray would hurt, i didnt even think of that, lol.) my second, it didnt even hurt as much as a really strong sensation that i cant remember the word for.. labor hurt, not horribly, but it did hurt. pushing him out (2 real pushes, i did bare down down through a couple more, but not to push, i used my stomach muscles pushing against the contrax, not to get him out.) but it didnt really hurt to get him out, seriously. and his head was an inch smaller than my first though e was almost a 1b larger and i had no pain there after either.
so ive thought about it more. yeah, my teeth hurt way more. afterpains with my2nd that came out of nowhere and were way stronger than contractions hurt really badly. those both were worse than labor and definitely worse than birthing.
and this is something i thought of while in labor...comparing it to other pain in my life. seriously.
This thread is making me seriously rethink getting my impacted wisdom teeth removed.
for me, it wasn't even on the radar with childbirth...lol
don't be scared. if you're able to get a day or two worth of pain meds, you may find it's not that big of a deal (but if it's awful for you, don't come find me and shoot me. )
But, if you use my other births as comparison, the following were more painful: a pulled muscle in my back that had me in agony for 48 hours; repeat mastitis every 6 weeks for 18 months; a pulled muscle in my calf that, thankfully, did not last long, but the time it did last was worse than my non-horrifically painful births.
ETA - and charlie horses.
Oh how I miss the days of
any sort of burning my body...it pisses me off so much!
the ring block (local anesthetic) when I sliced my finger
the unanestheiased (is that a word?) insertion of a cathertar, after my birth. that freaking sucked.
do most people just not challenge their bodies, or endure any other kind of pain in today's society and therefotre childbirth *is* really the hardest thing they have (or maybe will) ever do? I'm struggling to understand because if what I've read here is normal then I may be doing a disservice in my childbirth classes by my opinion that it's work but not terrible or suffering kind of pain.
The thing is. at least with labour, I usually had at least a few seconds between contractions. A migraine is jsut unrelenting.
Then I again, I wasn't throwing up in labour. if I had, I might feel differently.
Also, I didn't have to look after a toddler during labour, and I had poeple lookiong after me. WIth a migraine, i have a toddler to watch, and when I throw up, it iusuualy upsets her so much she throws up too. Fun huh?
it was like the 'ring of fire' of birth, only it was over and over and over again.
I had some back labor, but not terrible. I tore, but not a ton. My baby had a substantial head (36cm/14.5in) and pushing took two hours...and i hadn't slept in two nights so I was pretty wiped out...but all of that, yeah, not really so bad. I think it's like some pp's have said--labor gives you breaks between contractions, and also once it's done, it's done. I only had one ring of fire delivering that head...with the stupid 'rhoids it was multiple times and that made it worse (not to mention the complete lack of laborland endorphins...)
~Jenni, rural frugal Alaskan, eternally married to Dragon
loving my wild things DS Wolf (12), 3 angels, DS Bear (6) & DS Eagle (3)
So yeah, 10 lb baby au natural was noooo problem.
Eden Jade 18.08.06 & Saffron Jo 13.02.10
When I was 12, I had something they thought was appendicitis - I had every symptom including the rebounding pain, fever, and elevated white count. The only reason I didn't have an appendectomy was that they had to call in the surgeon. BY the time he was there, I suddenly felt better. I judge all pain against that night and labor/birth didn't even come close.
savithny, 42 year old moderate mom to DS Primo (age 12) and DD Secunda (age 9).