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Hi! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wave.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wave"> As I sit here, thinking about the next birth (in January), I am wondering whether I experienced back labor with my first child. I am pretty sure that labor hurts, no matter what kind it is! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> Anyway, I was wondering b/c my back was what hurt the most and DH had to give me continuous massage. It was a short, 6 hour labor (home, waterbirth) and no one *said* that it was back labor. When you watch the birth video, though, it shows DS' face facing my thigh (sideways, I guess?) and the cord was wrapped 'round a bit.<br><br>
Also, I hope this is not too gross, but for me, I felt the birth so much like I was pooping. The sensation was very much in my anus. Sorry, I know that is yucky, but I wondered if that might be a sign, too.<br><br>
What do you think? What has been your experience?
 

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I had back labor with both of my boys... one with epidural, one without. During the natural one, all that helped was very strong fists into my sacrum and lower-back. Whenever my OB stopped (yes, she was massaging me), I'd beg her to continue.<br><br>
I don't remember the pooping bit except for when I needed to push.
 

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(Warning - first time moms don't read - info about a bad labor.)<br><br>
My first was back labor, my second was normal. There was a HUGE difference between the two.<br><br>
With my first, I was in labor for 33 hours. The pain was really unbearable and mostly located...well..in my lower back. Because of the baby's position, she ended up getting stuck, which is what prolonged labor. After 3 + hours of pushing, (I was delirious at this point) they used a vacuum while prepping me for a C-section. It worked and DD#1 was born. After that, my lower back and bottom was numb for a long time. Oh, and this might be useful, when my daughter turned into the "sunny-side up" position around 34 weeks, my stomach stuck out, but rather than being rounded, it had a completely flat shape in the front. Weird looking, but the first clue for my midwife that the baby was in a bad position and I was going to be facing back labor.<br><br>
With my second, the contraction pain was more like having bad period cramps, around my stomach, reaching around to my back. I might not be describing it well, but it was a much more all-over pain. That labor lasted around 4 hours, and I only pushed twice. All natural for this one - and I would say that in the very last part of labor and pushing, the sensation was definitely that of pooping.
 

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My experience is very similar to kkar's. My DS was posterior and I didn't know it, my midwives did but never mentioned it to me. Medwives, really.<br><br>
His labor was so freaking painful all I could do was walk through the contractions. And moan loudly. And hope to high heaven that it would end soon. Nothing else helped, not water, massage, heat, nothing. It just hurt in my back and I couldn't relieve the pain. After delivery (csection for failure to descend, he got stuck) my back was numb for about 3 weeks. Labor was about 16 hours total.<br><br>
DD was also malpositioned, but not posterior. She had her hand over her face and while I struggled to push her out I did NOT struggle at all with her labor. Very mild, cervical pain with each surge. In transition, when she was descending, I had two contractions that hurt in my back and I started to panic that she had flipped posterior and I would have back labor again. Thankfully my midwife assured me she was still ROA and just descending down normally. Labor was about 6 hours total.<br><br>
Two totally different experiences. But thank goodness I had the painful one first because I was not afraid at all to labor after that. Back labor sucks!<br><br>
This time around I'm always on my hands and knees, tailor sitting, birth ball, on a pillow in the car, etc. NO MORE MALPOSITIONED BABIES FOR ME!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue">
 

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WoW! I am just in shock. What everyone is describing is what I had. And now, at 29 weeks, my belly is not rounded. I never really thought that the belly was pathological, but it was the same way with DS. To give you a picture, I only look pregnant in my belly, which is ball-shaped, except for my belly button area, which is indented. I thought it was because my stomach had a little fat on it when I got pregnant. Could it be that? Not to be too graphic, but there was some fat (not just a lot), but it was flat pre-pregnancy. Still quite firm, though so, you know, just the normal amount that a mother will have. Could that account for my indentation/flatness?<br><br>
I did go to spinningbabies.com and get that belly positioning chart. Plus, I am going to the midwife today, so I am definitely going to ask about it.<br><br>
Although my labor was short, it was so painful during the time, I thought to myself (and probably said) I WILL NOT DO THIS AGAIN! I didn't even think at that stage that I would live past it. That was a short period, though, and I don't want to be scary for new moms, either. (I also have some emotional issues that made me feel this way).<br><br>
I also made me an appointment with a chiro for Thursday. Since I have eleven weeks left I am going to do everything I can.<br><br>
Thanks, everyone! I would love to hear more if others would be inclined to post.
 

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my son was posterior and didn't turn until the very last second. i just remember that the contractions never felt like they went away....they didn't really come in waves...it just hurt the whole time. and i was not able to lay on my back...i labored on my hands and knees almost the entire time.
 

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I had back labor with my first. I felt contractions in the front, but that wasnt really painful... the pain was all a sharp spot like my spine was snapping there. I needed counter-pressure through all the contractions to cope with them (poor DH did some hard work for me there). The tub helped some but I could NOT sit, I had to kneel or be on hands and knees, I even rode to the birth center kneeling and bending over the car seat in the back of the car because I couldn't sit down.<br><br>
I too had an extended pushing stage, 4 hours. Pushing was much more painful to me than just dilating, and felt "wrong" somehow even though my body was heaving into it full-force. I dont believe he was truly posterior but he definitely was malpositioned or had his head funny or something. He came out the "right" way but with a very tight nuchal cord and needed some resusitation (needed to stretch maybe? who knows.).<br><br>
My second I had no back labor and while her labor was also painful and in many ways more intense (only 2 hours long, though, while the first was 7.5) it was much more manageable because of the lack of back labor. And I didnt even push for her, she just came out, and it was painless other than the ring of fire. No sense of wrongness at all.<br><br>
I am really hoping for #1s total length but #2s pushing stage this go-round. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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My daughter was born posterior - I should have taken the midwives much more seriously when they talked about positioning! I did try to lean forward, and I floated in the ocean on my stomach, but I didn't really concern myself with it. I should have... I had a long painful labour where the backpain was worse than the contractions until the last few hours.<br><br>
Also, it is normal, no matter how your baby is positioned, to feel like you have to poop while giving birth. The babe's head is pushing on your rectum on its way down. TMI, but when my daughter was being born I felt like I was taking the biggest poop EVER <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"><br><br><a href="http://www.spinningbabies.com" target="_blank">http://www.spinningbabies.com</a> this website has lots of good info about optimal fetal positioning
 
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