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Posted by Lisa
on July 07, 2000 at 23:28:58:
In Reply to: Labour posted by Lisa B on July 03, 2000 at 21:54:55:
Take a deep breath and find some childbirth classes. My preference is Bradley but there are other good ones. The location of the pain depends on how the baby is turned. I had back labor with both of mine because the back of their head was toward my back. If they turn the way they are supposed to you will feel the contractions in the front. The head is the biggest part of a baby, so once the head is out everything else just kind of falls out.
Now to the pain. I have had two babies. Both were over 8 lbs. I am a size 4-6, so I'm not big. I had the first with one dose of Stadol and a local for the episiotomy and the second with just a local. Yes, labor hurts. However, it is not dreadful, it has an end point, and it is pain with a purpose. At the end you have your baby to hold. I have friends who would never dream of not having an epidural. None of them have complained about pain when it was put in.
Pain is as much a mind thing as a physical thing. I again recommend a good childbirth class, and buy Husband Coached Childbirth by Bradley. Even if you decide to have an epidural it has great info on birth.
: This is my first pregnancy and I have to amdit I am TERRIFIED of the birthing process... please girls tell me and I know I sound naive,
: 1) WHERE is the pain that everyone talks about coming from? The back area?
: 2) Which is the most painful part? When the shoulders are pulled out?
: 3) Is it painful when they perform an epidural? What are your experiences?
: 4) Finally, everyone's experinces are different, I know.. but just HOW horrific is the pain? If it was totally unbearable surely women wouldn't dare go through it again with kid after kid?