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Old 11-15-2012, 12:20 AM   #1
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Menstrual cramps vs labour pains

I've always wondered about this so why not ask a close group of complete strangers!?

I get terrible cramps. Always have. Mum too. Writhing in pain for hours type pain.

I've had 2 kids. I didn't think labour was overly painful. Contractions would stop and then start. Cramps just go on and on... For regular active labour I was sitting on the couch watching tv. I stayed home for labour so I'm not entirely sure when 'active labour' was but best guess is 5-8hrs.

Transition and pushing the baby out were no picnic but labour just wasn't that bad and I've always wondered if it's because my cramps are soooo bad that I've had 'practice'.

Weird coincidence or did anyone else have that experience?
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