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Was transition REALLY hard or was it so easy that you didn't even know you were going through it? The reason I ask is, transition with my son was very easy for me! I didn't even know I was going through it! I remember I started crying at one point and telling my DH that I couldn't do it anymore, but he encouraged me to keep breathing through them like I'd been doing, which gave me the strength to go on. I never had the classical symptoms though (Unable to relax, Shaking, Hot/Cold Flashes, Nausea/Vomiting, Burping or Hiccups, Cold sweating) and they were never right on top of each other. I was actually surprised when my midwife checked me and said that I was 9 1/2 cm with a lip! I am hoping that this labor will be the same, in that transition wont be that bad!
 

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Technically, I was probably in transition an insanely long time since my cervix was open to approximately 8.5 before the sun went down and then it opened to 10 sometime after the sun came up, but I did not feel it was any harder than other parts of the laboring. The hardest part for me was definitely pushing.<br><br>
warmly,<br>
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It was pretty intense, but I didn't know that it was transition. I was checked at 6 cm when I got to the hospital and the next time they checked, I was at 10 cm!
 

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I don't know. I had a very strong urge to push long before I was fully dilated, and had to fight it because of a swollen cervical lip. At some point I started thinking I couldn't do it, then a little later I had a rest where the rushes were farther apart, and then right after that the urge to push was indescribable other than to say there was no way I could *not* push anymore. But it wasn't until after the baby was born, that I thought of that as being "transition" - at the time it didn't seem much different than early labor other than the pushing.
 

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With my DD (the only labor Ive ever experienced) I didnt really know that I was going through transition, only because I never had any cervical exams to tell me how many cm dilated I was.<br><br>
I didnt even really experience many of the "signposts" either - shaking, hot flashes, nausea... Honestly for me it hurt so much that I was really in a different place, which was probably good. I was so out of it during the contractions I didnt know what was going on. I couldnt talk, think or move. I just held on to my couch and squeezed the cushions. All relaxation techniques had been thrown out the window by then. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/innocent.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shy"><br><br>
Since I dont really remember it, I would say that it was probably pretty easy. I dont have horrible memories of it and it didnt last too long, but I am pregnant again now and I do wonder how it will be this time. Transition and pushing are my biggest worries.
 

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I went from 2 cm to pushing in a vvveeeerrrryyyy short amount of time, so I don't remember transition being scary, in fact, I don't remember it at all. I am actually afraid of experiancing it next time around as I don't even know what to expect.
 

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With ds1 my transition was very short, I don't even remember. With ds2 it was 7 HOURS of very intense pain. He was in a funny position, but as soon as he finally turned he was born in the caul within minutes. I am thankful I was having a UC so that he could take the time he needed <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
 

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Mine weren't too bad. My labors were both so fast (4 and 3 hours) I'm not real sure how long I was in transition. With DS, I was very naseous and puked. I also had a hard time getting comfy. With DD, I just had a hard time getting comfy. My back was in constant discomfort.
 

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I was tossing my cookies with dd,and I remember being sick the first time around.With the otherfive I was naseous but not sick.The middle 3 were so fast it wasn't to bad.It's different every time <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I'll say it wasn't that bad.<br><br>
BUT - I was buckled into the front seat of our car, pushing off the seat and the door handle with my hands because the pressure was so intense !<br><br>
I arrived at hospital at 10 cm<br><br>
I don't think my poor DH's ears have recovered yet !
 

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With Amber (my first) transistion was hectic. I didnt know what transition was at the time or that I was even going thru it - but it was certainly more vivid than the rest of the labor.<br><br>
With Noah labor was very easy. I didnt really feel much until I was in transition an even then it wasnt beyond what I could deal with. I think I was very lucky! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/nod.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="nod">
 

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I wanted to throw up both times and did w/my second. I even said, this must be transition <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">. Transition, for me, is when I totally go within myself and really want my space. No way is anyone 'checking' me <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll">!!! Happy birthing!!!!
 

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I think it was worse with my first because it took a lot longer for me to finish dilating the last 3 cm (6+ hours). My labor was very slow moving.<br><br>
But I think it was more intense with my DS (just A LOT shorter). The nurse commented that I was having Pit-like contractions (and I wasn't on Pit that time :LOL). I think I dilated the last 2 cm in less than 45 minutes. OOOOWW!<br><br>
Each birth has been different. Just as each pregnancy has been different.
 

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I get to 7 cm very quickly then 7-9 cms in about 20 mins. Then both times it has taken me about 3-4 hours to go from 9-10 cms. Both times I had a lip and both times I vomited. I also cried a little. With Mary-Grace I lost it after being 9 cms for over 2 hours and not getting anywhere. That is what happened with Maddie(along with other things--very long pushing stage) that lead to my transport. I was so afraid of transporting again that I really had to dig deep and let go of my fear. Once I did that I was 10 an hour or so later and finally pushed my baby out. My midwife thinks my pelvis may be shaped uniquely and it takes my babies some time to navigate it and get in a good position to birth.
 

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With DD I had an epidural in and was resting. I didn't even feel myself go into or out of transition. All I felt was "something strange" and the nurse checked me and by then DD was a +1 or something.<br><br>
With DS, I arrived at the hospital 5/6 and got taken upstairs PDQ. I remember being too hot and too cold all at the same time and wanting into the tub. Once in the tub, I was fine.<br><br>
Until my water broke and the bitch got DP to help her drag me out of it. DS was born within 5 minutes. Not even long enough for the nurse to get the doctor ready OR any of the standard equiptment like the suctions or stuff either.
 

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Yes, harder for me, but only because the baby had moved down enough to put excruciating pressure on my sacrum. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> The rest of it -- the changes in my cervix, the contracting of my uterus, and the baby moving through the vaginal canal -- were a breeze. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Transition for me both times is when I have to throw up, pee and labor suddenly goes from nothing to pushing NOW. Transition to birth all comes in a very short period of time. All the contractions up to then nobody knows I am having them . :LOL
 

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With my first, I was demerol'd up into a total blur, so I couldn't tell you...<br><br>
With dd, transition is the point when I had dh call and tell the midwife to get on the way over, when I got in the tub and felt like "uh oh, now it's really starting!" but the water, visualizations, total relaxation and dh cueing me to relax because a cntx was coming and letting me know when it was easing up made a world of difference. I just went almost completely into myself, and focused on my visualizations. I was a whale, the cntx was a big wave that I was riding, and my exhalations through them were water spouting from my blowhole. Yes, this sounds dorky!!! I laugh at it now, but imagining myself as this wild creature, with the ocean moving around me, moving with the ocean, completely as one with nature, made transition a positive experience.<br><br>
I wasn't fighting it, and I wasn't succumbing to it, I was working with it, as one.<br><br>
I also had no idea, at the time, that this was transition. What happened was that this period of time passed, and the cntx stopped for awhile, I took a break to go pee, and I was in this giddy headspace when the midwife arrived, with a stranger midwife to assist, since her partner was at another birth. I remember walking back to the bedroom from the bathroom when Judy, the stranger midwife, was coming up the stairs, and I, butt nekkid, laughed, smiled, and waved at her. Said "hi", etc. Greeted my friend Tracey, who'd just arrived to keep tabs on the kids, posed, standing up in the tub, goofy grin on my face, for T to shoot a photo. That goofy grin got serious in a hurry as another cntx came on, and I breathed through it, but said after that I wanted to be checked, as I wanted to push.<br><br>
My midwife checked me, declared me fully dilated, and I got down to the business of pushing my dd out.
 

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Each one was different.<br><br>
With my first I threw up 3 times, but I was also taking the laughing gas and if you take too much of that you throw up - I refused to take the mask off my face.lol I don't remember shaking but I was running a fever that didn't go away until the day after she was born. I only had that I can't do this feeling once but that was before transition and it was after I heard the woman in the next room screaming as she pushed her baby out. Those rooms should be soundproofed! Transition with this labour wasn't bad at all, I knew I was in it and that it would be over soon.<br><br>
With my 2nd the contractions were different, they never built up to peak they started off peaking. I only threw up once and again it was from taking the gas too fast. I was 8cm and they wanted a urine sample. I wasn't contracting until my feet hit the floor and I stood up and OMG was that a bad one. If dh hadn't been standing beside me I would have hit the floor, it came so fast I couldn't deal with it and grabbed the gas. I didn't shake or anything with that one. I did alot of burping but that started well before transition and I had gallstones and it was basically half my life anyhow.lol<br><br>
With my 3rd I had that I can't do this anymore. It was a traumatic labour, she was in trouble and I wasn't progressing. I felt like I was in transition with how the contractions were but I hadn't progressed in 8 hours and I was still 2-3cm, 60% effaced and she hadn't dropped. Physically and mentally I felt there was no way I could get to 10cm if I hadn't progressed in 8 hours(2.5 of those being with pitocinon). They dr's and nurses agreed so they turned everything off and called a surgeon in. He got there 30minutes later and I was still 3-4cm and he could push her head out of my pelvis but they wanted to go ahead with the c-section(her heartrate had dropped to 13). She was born vaginally 18minutes later. All I remember if having a contraction and getting this weird numbness across the top of my stomach that felt familiar to when I had my 2nd. I told myself if it happened with the next contraction I'd tell the nurses because I couldn't remember what it meant. With the next contraction it happened but even stronger, I breathed the gas in and instead of breathing it out I started pushing. I didn't know I had to push until my body started doing it. Then I remembered that with my 2nd I had that numbness when it was time to push. Turns out when I thought I was in transition at 2-3cm I was.
 

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i could definately tell with both my labors, but only because the contractions had multiple peaks & were very close together. i was in the tub. i also remember thinking, I don't want to do this anymore, but i will say the whole pushing process was much harder for me.<br><br>
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