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:
LOL! Well, I have...I lived through it as many before and since, you'll be fine. .
How's that for an answer?
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.
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!
Now pitocin in contractions are different and I recommend avoiding induction like the plague.
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.
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!!!!
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 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!
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!