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Old 04-27-2013, 10:03 PM   #31
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Really I think you need to believe it doesn't have to hurt and relax. That is all I did to have a mostly pain free birth.
I agree with this statement. When I told my midwife I didn't believe birth was inherently painfully she looked at me and said she had one other woman who never said, "this hurts." Only "this is hard." And that's what it felt like to me. I never went in to my birth scared of the pain.

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Oh hell no! I went into my birthing owning it! I knew what I was in for and dealt with the PAIN very well. But it was excruciating! Beyond passing out or being truly hypnotized could it have been pain free. Lol
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Oh hell no! I went into my birthing owning it! I knew what I was in for and dealt with the PAIN very well. But it was excruciating! Beyond passing out or being truly hypnotized could it have been pain free. Lol
This. It did hurt BUT I did not fear it.
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This. It did hurt BUT I did not fear it.
Me either. I laughed inbetween contractions. Made jokes, ect. But dang was my baby trying to kill me. Lol
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I agree with this statement. When I told my midwife I didn't believe birth was inherently painfully she looked at me and said she had one other woman who never said, "this hurts." Only "this is hard." And that's what it felt like to me. I never went in to my birth scared of the pain.
I feel mostly the same way, although I my second was much more "intense". I hesitate to call in painful when I'm talking to people, though, because I don't remember it that way. Maybe I would have used that word at the time, but it really wasn't anything like what most people associate, or even what I've seen at births as a doula.

Oh and my name Sara with no h and my husband's name is Chad, lol!
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I agree with this statement. When I told my midwife I didn't believe birth was inherently painfully she looked at me and said she had one other woman who never said, "this hurts." Only "this is hard." And that's what it felt like to me. I never went in to my birth scared of the pain.
This would be the way I think about birth. It's very intense and there are so many sensations involved that are crazy intense that I would never classify as painful, but perhaps others would just due to the intensity. I know with my last labor I had this feeling like I needed to pee and orgasm at the same time during contractions right before it was time to push. And the pressure was unbelievable. Not pleasant but not exactly painful either.

My back though-yeah it actually hurts during labor and there's a reason for the term "ring of fire."
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I haven't read all the responses. The biggest thing is learning to relax and accept that it doesn't have to hurt. I did a hypnobirthing class to help me reach this point. I have heard hypnobabies is similar as well.

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IMO, it's painful, hard work that is totally worth it and will be much more manageable if you relax into it, welcome the productive "strain" of the contractions. Knowing that God made my body to do this helps me to relax into it rather than bucking/fighting against it.

Either way (relaxing into it or fighting and bracing against it) hurts/feels painful but one is much LESS painful and much MORE productive and manageable.
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