Talk me off the edge! -- update :)
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January 28th, 2013, 09:30 PM
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Washington State
First off, have you tried different positions for pushing? If you get pain medication you will likely have no choice but laying on your back, which makes pushing harder and more difficult.
Also, consider "laboring down" to shorten the pushing phase.
Now, consider the negatives to getting pain medication.
*possibly a harder/longer pushing phase (albeit with less pain)
*longer recovery post birth
*possible side effects to baby (sleepiness and breastfeeding difficulties)
*emotionally, will you regret it?
*is that short window of pain worth it?
I would also suggest some visualization to help you relax and feel more comfortable with that phase since being tense or nervous will make it worse. I have had similar fears about the pushing phase (I'm terrified of a long pushing phase because mine have all been super short). I did some visualization exercises with a local doula and it really helped.
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