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  #41  
February 14th, 2010, 10:47 PM
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its probably not mentioned a lot because it's no big deal
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February 14th, 2010, 10:49 PM
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But it is mentioned a lot - or maybe I mostly read it in birth stories and books about birth.
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February 14th, 2010, 10:52 PM
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I really hadn't heard about it until I started reading tons of ncb books and at my 15w appt i asked my midwife about it
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February 14th, 2010, 11:01 PM
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I have never seen anything for it...
Well we shall see when I get my NCB books this week.
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February 14th, 2010, 11:02 PM
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The ring of fire was the only time I ever was LOUD in any of my births. That was with my first and I screamed when I felt that (not in my others as you all know). But it really is quick.
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February 14th, 2010, 11:10 PM
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The thing that surprised me the most that I'd never heard anyone mention is the "fetal expulsion reflex" Wherein your ENTIRE body HEAVES the baby out without your control or permission and there's nothing you can do to stop it!
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February 14th, 2010, 11:19 PM
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^^^ that is kinda scary!

Oh I am learning so much!
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February 15th, 2010, 12:19 AM
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I was fascinated by that part. My body began pushing ON ITS OWN! That reflex is strong and I was too numb with the first medicated birth to feel it. This is why women always say "I'm not pushing, the baby's just coming!" There is no holding it back. That part isn't scary, its quite cool to not have to do the stupid count pushing. I HATE birth stories where a nurse is trying to HOLD the babies head in place waiting for the doctor. How that is not seen as abuse is beyond me!
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February 15th, 2010, 12:26 AM
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I wonder how I'll be. . . In emergencies or really tough situations I tend to get very calm and quite - on the other had when I'm tired, stressed or sometime when I hurt my self I sound like a sailor. So I just don't know. I have promised not to curse my DH. I will be really disappointed in myself if I get angry with him. He is so good.
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February 15th, 2010, 05:41 AM
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Ami that is one of my fears, is swearing out DH and being mean to him... He has been amazing this pregnancy and its been a whirlwind of ER visits, shots, ultrasounds, crying, you name it.... Lets hope I can at least be nice to him, and my mom.
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February 15th, 2010, 06:43 AM
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I wonder if you feel the ring of fire if you get the epidural? That might be why it's only talked about in NCB circles.
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February 15th, 2010, 07:00 AM
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I had the ring of fire with DD2. Her birth was very abrupt. Nothing had time to stretch. With DS2, I honestly can't remember. Things happened too quickly. Just a sh*t ton of pressure. It was a true fetal ejection reflex. I tried holding him in 'cause my cervix wasn't ready (was 6 cm). Midwife kept telling me not to push. Yeah, kegels don't work for keeping a baby in, neither does keeping your legs closed. I was totally not prepared for that. I wasn't expecting to push. I had the rapid FER with DD2 and DS1, but there was more of a build up. There was at least a small period of labor.

The second stage, however minimal or nonexistent for me, is what I dread. I don't like the feeling of enormous pressure.
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February 15th, 2010, 07:35 AM
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I didn't have the ring of fire with DS and I had an epidural. I had them turn it off so I could feel things before I started pushing (I pushed about an hour and 45 minutes) but still no ring of fire. I hope I would have remembered something as intense as what you ladies are describing!
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February 15th, 2010, 07:38 AM
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I was calm until the pushing stage. I did hypnobirthing. I think if you watch videos of women who used hypnosis during their birth, you will find some of that tranquility. But, a lot of woman like to be vocal too and that is beautiful too I think.
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February 15th, 2010, 09:57 AM
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dont worry about being nice to your DH during labor he will forgive you for being mean. I said a lot of nasty things to say, accompanied with punching him in the face at one point, because he touched me and was telling me to breathe during a reallllly intense contraction..and we're okay now he stood by the next 12 hours of my labor and has never even used it against me! you will be surprised at how understanding people are!
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February 15th, 2010, 10:09 AM
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Well that is good to know Chelsea!
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February 15th, 2010, 02:17 PM
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I was nice to everyone during labor - even though mine was super intense with no breaks (less than a minute between contractions for my entire labor and double and triple peaking contractions). My mom kept telling me I was too polite and to just say what I needed (like I was still saying please and thank you and stuff.)
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February 15th, 2010, 02:22 PM
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February 15th, 2010, 03:13 PM
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Haha. NO. I was even louder than normal because I had such a short, intense labor.
This was me! To a tee! My labor was 3 hours and 40 minutes total. From the time my water broke to the time Katelynn made her appearance. It was intense. And I was very loud. ButI would not change it for anything. I would like to be more prepared next time though.
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February 15th, 2010, 03:26 PM
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My sister said being vocal at certain times helps you through it. I totally believe her!
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