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How do you feel about giving birth?

  • I loved it but I don't want to do it again.

    Votes: 22 11.1%
  • I love the end result, but the birthing process is not for me.

    Votes: 51 25.6%
  • I can't wait to do it again!

    Votes: 72 36.2%
  • I dread it.

    Votes: 21 10.6%
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I had two normal, uncomplicated hospital births. When I was pregnant the second time, I was so excited to give birth. Right after DS was born I really wanted to do it again! I feel like I could happily give birth once a month, as long as I didn't have to raise them of course. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
My friends think I am CRAZY. Most of them dread giving birth. Fear it for months before the big day.<br><br>
Am I a freak?
 

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I HATED being pregnant... hated it so much... and really didn't feel connected at all...<br><br>
but I loved my labor... all 36 hours of back labor.... I've never felt more strong or beautiful.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I HATED being pregnant... hated it so much... and really didn't feel connected at all...<br><br>
but I loved my labor... all 36 hours of back labor.... I've never felt more strong or beautiful.</div>
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I know! Me too... Although I delivered in the hospital, DH and I took a long walk outside at 1 am. Took a shower together, I got my back rubbed. I just felt way stronger than I ever have before. It was kind of romantic!!
 

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I love having babies, but I don't handle birth well, and truth be told I'm pretty scared about doing it again <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br><br>
I'm hoping being at home this time will make things more mentally comfortable for me. I'm a total control freak and not being in control, I think, intensifies my 'pain' experience.
 

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Maybe you'll be surprised at how much more relaxed you are at home. I hope this will be your best experience yet!
 

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I don't know. I haven't done it yet...but I'm really looking forward to it. My experiences with labour have been positive.
 

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Yes, and I can't even really explain why. It's just dang cool/weird/funny to have some small squeaky person kind of wander out of your body. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> Cracks me up.<br><br>
Turns my husband green, though. He sat on the toilet and looked terrified during my last birth. I can see why men used to not be invited. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"><br><br>
But I voted "other." I love birth, but don't know that I have the patience or the $$$ to actually raise another kiddo. Would also like to finish my education and have a great career, which would be nearly impossible with several little babies.<br><br>
I loved my births, love my kiddos... but I'm probably done. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Yes, and I can't even really explain why. It's just dang cool/weird/funny to have some small squeaky person kind of wander out of your body. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> Cracks me up.<br></div>
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"kind of wander"?!?!?! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/bigeyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="bigeyes"><br><br><br>
I don't think we had similar experiences <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/bigeyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="bigeyes">
 

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I loved being pg and giving birth, both times. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/loveeyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Loveeyes">: As soon as DD2 was born, I wouldn't wait to do it again. <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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My mind set in labor is kind of "let's get this show going, bring it on!". I don't love labor and look forward to the pain part, I look forward to the baby part.<br><br>
I don't love giving birth, Having said that, I've done it 4 times. My last 2 were homebirths completely natural with no interventions.
 

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If they were all like my first, yes. But 2-4 were back labors. I'd rather have my eyes gouged out with hot pokers while being forced to listen to GWB's weekly address for 10 hours straight. So, I can't really vote <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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I love everything about giving birth except pushing. I have very long pushing episodes (3 hours and 2 hours) and I'm not a big fan. I can handle contractions just fine.<br><br>
I loved being pregnant the first time, tolerated the second, and really would only want a 2 month gestation next time!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">"kind of wander"?!?!?! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/bigeyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="bigeyes"><br><br><br>
I don't think we had similar experiences <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/bigeyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="bigeyes"></div>
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I like being pregnant, having a new baby around. Birth, not so much.
 

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Part of me dreads it and part of me knows that I am strong enough to endure it (without drugs)! that I dont dread it anymore. I dont think I am anywhere near wanting to give birth every month though!
 

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It was okay. I could take it or leave it, but I am okay with the process enough to NOT want drugs to numb it all up.
 

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My labor was crazy, painful, exhausting 48 hour experience ending with a hospital transport, pit, an epi, IV abx, and an internal fetal monitor. Strangely, I can't WAIT to do it again! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
 

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Oh man, it SUCKED. The most horrific excruciating pain I have ever been in my life Thank goodness my labors only lasted 4 hours.
 
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