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Would you believe...

I've never had a contraction! HA HA HA! Yes, I have a daughter who was born at 38 weeks...but I never had a contraction! Seeeeeee, she was breech in a bad way so I guess she didn't put the pressure on the right spots. For that reason, I'm scared for this time. LOL. (I had a c-section at 38 weeks with DD)

This is where here head was till the bitter end:

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LOL! Well, I have...I lived through it as many before and since, you'll be fine. ;).
How's that for an answer? Blum 3

ETA and both mine were without pain meds and all back labour. So I actually have no idea what a contraction in me belly feels like, at least I didn't notice anything that wasn't in my back. But I go within and focus on relaxing and just getting through it. I can't remember a lot about the laboring after the fact.

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I only know what it feels like with a double dose of pitocin. :(. And then nothing because of a greatly appreciated epidural. (My water broke at 35 weeks, but I never went into natural labor on my own)

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They won't kill you! I had two natural births and lots of Braxton-Hicks from about halfway through.

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You'll be fine! Contractions are actually really fun when they start. It's exciting to anticipate the baby coming!! And honestly, yes, they do become intense, but if you read lots about natural birth (reading other women's birth stories is what helped me the most) and get a good idea of some things to handle the pain, they are manageable. Although I did scream at the end of a couple of mine (kind of like an out of body experience), once the pain is that bad the baby comes, literally, in the next few minutes!

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Neither have I!! I've never felt B&H either.....I'm actually kinda hoping I get to feel it this time!!

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"pollo_la" wrote:

You'll be fine! Contractions are actually really fun when they start. It's exciting to anticipate the baby coming!! And honestly, yes, they do become intense, but if you read lots about natural birth (reading other women's birth stories is what helped me the most) and get a good idea of some things to handle the pain, they are manageable. Although I did scream at the end of a couple of mine (kind of like an out of body experience), once the pain is that bad the baby comes, literally, in the next few minutes!

This was it for me exactly. It was mostly pressure and it was very intense and it got very painful at the end (not gonna lie), and I screamed too and I'm sooooooo not a screamer, but then my baby was here and the whole world stood still. So worth it.

Now pitocin in contractions are different and I recommend avoiding induction like the plague.

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As scary as it sounds, I'm really looking forward to a VBAC. I mean, I didn't get all the endorphins and stuff last time and I was totally drugged out the whole first day of DD's life. The nurse actually had to stand there and hold DD to BF because I was in and out of consciousness. SO not fun. Sad

Now that I think about it...I think I puked when my friends were visiting that first day. Oh man. I'm sure they've seen me puke before though, we've been friends since the high-school drinking days!!!!

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I have a LOT of BH contrax and they are just strange, not necessarily painful except towards the end when you are huge and it literally pushed the air out of your lungs Wink I've never had "true" natural contractions that dilated me so I can't speak for those, but having had two inductions I've had a LOT of pitocin contractions and they suuuuuuuck. My epidural didn't take with my first during my induction, although hey finally fixed it after I was crying in pain for a few hours, so I really got to experience those. With my second, they got my epidural working before my pitocin was turned up and I didn't feel a thing which I how I'd prefer to do it again if I get induced yet again.

ETA: I've said this before, but having had a few friends who've done pain med-free with very different experiences, I think contractions/labor is just like menstrual cramps...they totally kill some people and some people are hardly bothered by them. Just depends on your body.

BTW, I love the pic of you "holding" your DD's head. My kids both went head down really early so I could only ever feel their bums and feet/knees/elbows/something pokey!

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"akpufa" wrote:

ETA: I've said this before, but having had a few friends who've done pain med-free with very different experiences, I think contractions/labor is just like menstrual cramps...they totally kill some people and some people are hardly bothered by them. Just depends on your body.

Ya, I get some pretty brutal menstrual cramps. The AF before my BFP was the worse I've had. I honestly would have checked myself into the hospital if we hadn't been out camping. SO bad. I was have the sweats and everything! Once this baby is out and I get AF back I will be talking serious meds with the doctor.

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BTW, I love the pic of you "holding" your DD's head. My kids both went head down really early so I could only ever feel their bums and feet/knees/elbows/something pokey!

Her head was hilarious...and SO hard. One time I laid down in the bath and when I sat up my rib cage slammed into her head! OUCH! That wasn't fun at all!

Because my placenta was in the front with DD I didn't really get a lot of good feet/knee pushes. Also, her feet were at her face (Frank Breech). I'm hoping for a different experience this time. When I was playing with my doppler the placenta sounded like it was on my left...I hope it stays off the front!

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Actually yes, they are just like menstrual cramps! A lot of it does have to do with preparedness though... I did nothing to prepare for my first and was caught totally off guard by the pain and immediately opted for an epi when the pain got intense. They start out as menstrual cramping, but they progress to something else!! LOL With my 2nd I had pitocin, and that stuff is TERRIBLE... avoid it at all cost is you can! I had an epi that time too. I actually prepared myself before my 3rd, and manged to have a natural birth. It makes a world of difference if you actually have some ideas (more than a hospital birth class) from women who have had natural births before on how to cope! My 4th labor was actually VERY comfortable right up until the very end. Even at the end the pain was not as intense as my 3rd and 5th labors were. So it's true that some labors are more or less intense than others.

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I definitely won't be having pitocin as they won't induce VBACs...so that's something! LOL.

I did take a child birth class with DD but I'm sure I've forgotten everything. I'll have to learn more if/when we decided all systems are go for a VBAC. I think having a midwife will help too as they are there with you for much of the labour and coach you a bit I think. My midwife did say an OB will have to watch over the actual birth but that she will be there too. Depending on the OB they sometimes let the midwife catch the VBAC babies...but some of them want to do it. I guess everything is different with a VBAC.

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I agree with all the comments about pitocin. I have a very high pain tolerance naturally and that stuff made my head spin and there was no break for me between contractions. I truly didn't have much of a choice a that point for the epidural.

I had originally wanted to have a natural birth. I don't know what I will do this time around.

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I am hoping to avoid the epi this time, the pitocin contractions kicked my a**. I am going to try and avoid both of those this time.

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I could have written Lynne's post. Only back labour, so no experience with front contractions, however back labour is supposedly more painful. Stay away from pitocin and the epi. Not worth it, and they make the chance of a repeat c/s much more likely. My mom actually recently asked me about how I was feeling about the delivery this time around, and I said I'm not at all worried about labour/delivery, the peeing after birth was 1000x worse!

I did some meditations and hypnosis before hand to prepare myself. And I had my mom them helping me focus (on my pinkie through transition) and stay relaxed. And my DH/mom would massage/jam their feet/fists into my back during the contractions to ease the tension.

I had a beautiful birth with DD. I was sitting around in the chair all day before she came because that was the only way I could continue to feel the pre-labour contractions, and I would get so excited about each one. Then when I went into active labour, I started doing my hair and watching tv. Then would just pause to get comfortable for contrax. I tried a bath too, but it was too cramped of a bath, so it really didn't work for me.

Anyway - if you go in with a positive mindset knowing that it's natural and you're not scared - it will hurt way less. If you are stressed and scared, that's when the birth is more painful and slower. So I've heard.

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I've never felt one either. With my first, I was really sick and they had me all numbed up with all kinds of stuff for several days before I was induced. Never felt a thing. Of course, I don't really remember anything, either.

The second time, my water broke on its own but I never started contracting. Eventually I decided on pitocin to get things moving and chose to get an epidural first, so I never felt a contraction that time either. At least I remember that birth. The epi was a lot less horrible than all the IV drugs I had the first time.

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Wow, I didn't realize how common this actually was!

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I've had two labours where I experienced natural contractions, and one labour with pitocin. But I had an epi all 3 times, and am absolutely happy with that decision Smile

I laboured for 5 hours on pitocin before I got the epi. They were pretty bad, but honestly, you always forget the pain afterwards, otherwise why would we have more kids? LOL. And besides, I found my non-drug-induced contractions pretty brutal too! I have a low pain tolerance. SUPER low. Big wimp.

I'm hoping to avoid an induction this time, but we'll see. With baby #2 my induction was scheduled for 10 days overdue, but I went in to labour on my own 8 hours before. With baby #3, I was on the induction list for 10 days overdue, but there were 16 LADIES IN FRONT OF ME. Needless to say I didn't get to go in until the next day. 11 days overdue was enough for me. I had a fear of being induced, but it really was fine. DH actually preferred it the most because it was quite calm and "scheduled" so he didn't have to stress out :rolleyes: