- labour pains is so painful i do not think ther is a pain lyk dat in the world mine started on 5 until de 6 afternoon on november 2003
- —Guest Falicia
- I am 21 years old and 5 days away from my due date with my first child. And for the last 3 days I have been experiencing this tightening of my abdominal muscles. It lasts 1 minute and 5 minutes apart. No pain yet, so everyone is telling me they are not real contractions. But braxton hicks usually aren't time able. I feel as if they are getting stronger, but only stronger tightening. I am also very nervous about the birthing process. I don't have much of a pain tolerance, but hopefully I will just breeze right through it.
- I'm having the worse back pain to my stomach what to do I also want to know why my doc told me if my test for preterm labor came back negative thats bad well mine came back negative
- —Guest Sunny
- for me the pain was unbearable. i wanted a natrul birth but my water didnt break so they had to break it for me! then the contractions started. it was awful. i dont want to scare any1 but it hurt like hell. i ha d to get an epidural. when he came out, after 23 hours of hard core pushing, he came out purple in the face. his cord was around his neck and was stedily turning bluer. he turned out alrite and is turning 15 months in September! th for reading this guys!!
- —Guest rupert grint luvr
Contractions in labor
- Each mommy's experience is different as is each birth. I am soon going to have my 2nd baby girl and last child. I have experience both front and back labor, induction, c-section, and VBAC (vaginal birth after ceaserean). I would deliver naturally any day. Contractions can feel like a mild tightening of your stomach like when you are just feeling your PMS cycle begin when the lining tears away or it can feel like the worst case of flu you ever had if you have back labor. I have never had an epidural and have only had a little demerol/stadol with each pregnancy except for the c-section which requires a spinal block. Contractions usually start at the top of your abdomen just under your stomach and tighten down to the vaginal region. You may also experience tightening or pain in your lower ligaments as the uterus contracts. Either way, as many have said, it is different for each person and depends on your ability to deal with pain and focus. Best wishes to all you moms-to-be.
- —Guest Mom of 4
I will go natural
- I'm 24weeks with my second. But with my first. That epidural man, I had a bad reaction when they took it out. I fell in the 1% range of reactions. I was missin a spot of blood in my spine where it went in it my blood wasn't flowing there. So I had a headache for like 3 weeks after the birth. Stayed in the hospital 14 days after. It was horrible. Never getn it again. But the contractions wasn't nothin to me.I only got the epi because my doc kept pushn me too. Never again
- —Guest Angela
stop scaring us off..........
- I don't think this is the right thing to do to a pregnant woman who's probably already anxious. If you all put these thoughts in her head she will probably tense up when the time comes and remember what you all said, making her labor harder to deal with. Yes, it's good to tell her what she would expect, but without the whole "you're going to think you're dying" "it's *HELL*!" crap. For us who want to conceive a child like me and are already a nervous wreck about it, this just scares the whole living s--t out of us into adopting rather than conceiving our own (nothing wrong with that either, just saying..). I'm a petite woman and all I hear over and OVER is how i'm going to "split open" etc. This is something that the woman must experience for herself, not rely solely on other's experiences or so-they-say. Just keep it cool. Thank you.
- —Guest RainbowStars
some one have answers for me ???
- I have five and one on the way having the baby don't hurt it is the contractions that hurts it is the worse but when your at a nine it is easy will for me is was but with this baby. I am 34 weeks pregnant and the baby has not flipped and I'm having braxton hicks I hope he flips soon because this is my last one and I don't won't a c section. I rather give birth.
- —Guest my sixth baby
- My contractions were more like menstrual cramps the first 16 hours. A bit painful, but more annoying than anything and it seemed I was going to be able to deliver completely natural, including no pain killers. I could manage the harder ones easily with a little breathing, maybe some gentle rocking, and rubbing a warm hand in rhythm with my breathing down my lower spine. But after 18 hours, they started to get too intense for me to be able to focus on when my body was ready to push and I had no choice but to get an epidural. Those contractions were more of a slicing pain like when you misjudge your knife while preparing supper, and they covered my entire stomach, I became nauseated, I shook horribly during each contraction, I wasn't even able to cry because it was so overwhelming, and I was very tired when the medicine kicked. After a rest, I got my second wind and after 24 hours with 30 minutes of pushing, my son arrived, all purple, slimy, and cute.
- —Guest Ashe
More Intense than Painful
- Contractions felt a lot like severe menstrual cramps. Yes, it hurts. But the pain was really not as bad as I had feared. Labor is a LOT of hard work, and it is exhausting. Mine lasted 26 hours, and at 20 hours I asked for an epidural because I just needed a rest. The contractions are unbelievably intense. The intensity is harder to handle than the pain. They made me shake like a leaf, and I threw up with every contraction for hours before they told me that I could have anti-nausea meds. If you need them, know that they exist!!! The antinausea medication made a huge difference for me. But most women I know don't throw up more than once or twice. I just got "lucky." First-time moms, don't be scared off by this. I am pregnant and I'm going to try for a natural birth this time. I couldn't be more excited about it! Giving birth is the single most amazing and empowering thing I've ever done. It's not easy, but it is so totally worth the challenge.
- —Guest KateC
Pre-labor to delivery
- The first stage of contractions were bearable, very similar to having BAD stomach cramps on your time or after eating tons of ice cream. I was able to walk through these. The second stage for me, I had to lay down as the pain immobilized me. Breathing through and having a strong focus helps. Before pushing and pushing was the hardest for me. At this point, I was completely out of energy until the midwife helped me get back into focus. Then I gained the energy boast, breathed and pushed. The "Ring Of Fire" hurts like heck, but I remembered it wasn't going to last forever. After that, the joy of hearing the baby cry makes everything melt away. (Screaming, swearing and being completely out of hand doesn't help at all..makes things worse and makes you look crazy)
- —Guest Brenda22
- I have a high pain tolerance, I was extremely young when I had my first & I was fine, I didnt spaz out or cry & I was born with a hip dysplasia. I couldnt deliver vaginally & I was given an emergency c-section so I got my epi at the very last second so I wasnt fortunate to not feel anything the entire time. Its really not that bad, just really bad constipation cramps its nothing no woman cant handle!
- —Guest Sara F. Bby
- I am now 30 weeks into my pregnancy and today I felt a slight hardness inside my stomach, like as if I did 100 sit up and the pain of it burning or if I just ate alot and after that running. the feel of it burning on front of my stomach, instead of my side. I believe that was my first contraction. Plus, I been having pelvic crampings only at night. So I don't know I am probably going to be in labor soon, I am so excited, but not excited for the contraction pains haahah. I hope everyone goes through there labor fine as well.
- —Guest Tash
I hope it doesn't feel that way again
- I went into labor at 38 weeks with my identical twin girls. I'm not trying to scare anyone that's preggers with multiples but the contractions were the worst pain I've felt in my life! I thought they were never going to give me an epidural. By the time they tried I was to far along and I only got some kind of pain shot. It wore off by the time the second girl came 6 mins later and I felt everything. I hope it's not like this with every natural twin birth. I feel sorry for women who are going to have twins naturally, because my pain was unbearable, but I made it threw and the girls are healthy 4 year olds. I'm now 6wks pregnant and I'm pretty sure it's just one because I can barely tell I'm pregnant I just hope the labor isn't the same again! Sorry I'm such a wimp.
- —Guest Twinsrfun
I can't take it!!!!
- Hello everyone! I am 38 wks pregnant with my second child and I must say it's totally diff from my first. When I was pregnant with my son I didn't fine out until almost 6 mths later. I had no complications during my pregnancy. It's totally diff now with my daughter. I found out at 6 wks my body just felt weird and I stayed feeling nausea. Well my complications started early. I always have lower back pains, I experience a lot of BH, and I always get this sharp pain in my pelvic area, it feels as if it will crack so when I walk it' s with a limp of course. My doctor told me I am dilated 3cm and every since then I been having real bad BH. It's kinda hard for me to tell the diff between the real and the BH. All I know is I can't take the pain. It feel as though I have been pregnant for ever and I just can't wait for it to be over with. But as soon as I hold my baby girl in my arms, I know it will be all worth the pain. To all you moms to be good luck and congratulations.
- —Guest Khandis