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May 21st, 2013, 07:54 AM
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This is my third pregnancy. I gave in and got an epidural with my last two. The first one just because I was scared, the second after my water broke it got really painful with the pitocin and I caved in. If I dont deliver by friday I'll be induced again. I really want to not get an epidural! But since I havent had a birth experience without it I'm afraid of the unknown. So maybe someone could clear up those unknowns for me. I know what the contractions feel like without an epi but I dont know what the birthing process feels like.
* Do you feel them stitching you back up if you tear or do they numb you up?
* Is delivering the placenta painful?
* What's the pushing process like?. Is the pain worse than the contractions?
* If you've known the pain of the ring of fire WITH an epi, does it hurt worse without an epi?
* Have any tips for me?
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May 21st, 2013, 12:54 PM
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I've been stitched twice and never felt either. I'm pretty sure they do some numbing of some sort.

I have never found delivering the placenta to be painful. Sometimes uncomfortable, but not like labor or anything.

Pushing is hard and intense but sometimes it makes the pain more manageable because you have something to do and concentrate on. I'm sure every woman's opinion on this one is different. I've heard some say it's more painful than just contractions, but this has been my experience.

Pitocin is nasty stuff. If you have to have it, the contractions might just be more painful than they would otherwise be, and that makes it hard to not get the epi. But that's not true for everyone either. My tip would be to have a mental list of things you can try to cope with the pain (breathing, walking, showering, etc.) and try each one until it doesn't work anymore. That way you have another strategy to go to instead of just thinking about getting meds.

Of course, if you do get the epidural because of the pitocin, I'm sure no one would blame you! I find that my coping mechanisms for pain management only work during a natural labor. Any time I have been induced or interfered with, it has been much more painful for me.

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May 21st, 2013, 02:06 PM
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* Do you feel them stitching you back up if you tear or do they numb you up? I only got one stitch when I had my first.. And they gave me a numbing shot that stung, and then I didn't feel the stitches..

* Is delivering the placenta painful? For me the contractions with it never hurt.. Bit for some reason when it passes out there is a small burning sensation but its fast and I'm so distracted with the baby it didn't matter, but it did surprise me the first time..


* What's the pushing process like?. Is the pain worse than the contractions? For ME every time my body has told me its time to push and it felt BETTER to push than to not push..

* If you've known the pain of the ring of fire WITH an epi, does it hurt worse without an epi? I only got the ring of fire really with my first... The second two I felt it but it was such a fast sensation at that point because when I felt the fire they came out.. Pushing number 2/3 was way faster..

* Have any tips for me? Sounds like you know what you are doing! Just tell yourself , even if it does end up being with Pit, that birth IS a natural process.. And to relax into each contraction and let your BODY do what it has to do..the unknown for you sounds like its unknown pains, that really, when you get to those parts of your labor the baby will be so close to being there that you can tell yourself that!
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May 21st, 2013, 04:38 PM
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* Do you feel them stitching you back up if you tear or do they numb you up? I didnt even know my midwife gave me a shot and a stitch with my first child...didnt get any stitches the 2nd time
* Is delivering the placenta painful? i dont really remember it being painful. it feels weird, its really slimey i think
* What's the pushing process like?. Is the pain worse than the contractions? pushing was full of relief for me. there was some burning during crowning, but i pushed as hard as i could and it was over in like 2 seconds
* If you've known the pain of the ring of fire WITH an epi, does it hurt worse without an epi? never had an epi
* Have any tips for me? dont get induced if theres no real risk to you or baby (you can both be monitored closely with NST/BP/urine checks) the benefits dont outweigh the risk before 42w! hang in there make sure your support team is on board with you wanting a natural birth
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May 21st, 2013, 08:02 PM
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Thanks so much for the tips and answers! They really helped a lot! I'm feeling a lot more confident now!
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May 21st, 2013, 08:36 PM
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* Do you feel them stitching you back up if you tear or do they numb you up?
They numb you first so you to me it felt uncomfortable as everything is sore but not painful.
* Is delivering the placenta painful?
Not at all. I was worried about this too. It just slides out and is such a relief.
* What's the pushing process like?. Is the pain worse than the contractions?
Absolutely not. To me the pain of contactions was killer and pushing was not painful at all. It was empowering.
* If you've known the pain of the ring of fire WITH an epi, does it hurt worse without an epi?
The ring of fire wasnt as bad as I expected. It just felt the burning stretching sensation. It wasnt unbearable or scary to me at all. The label "ring of fire" sounfs a lot worse than it felt to me.
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May 21st, 2013, 10:56 PM
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* Do you feel them stitching you back up if you tear or do they numb you up? My midwives didn't even ask, they just went ahead and numbed me. Even with the numbing, it wasn't comfortable. There just should never be needles in your vagina lol. The numbing was the most painful part but it was two pricks.

* Is delivering the placenta painful? It was not for me. I stopped having contractions that I could feel so it took over an hour to come out.

* What's the pushing process like?. Is the pain worse than the contractions? NO lol. At least not for me. Pushing felt great and was hands down the best part of labor.

* If you've known the pain of the ring of fire WITH an epi, does it hurt worse without an epi? I haven't had an epi but I didn't really get the ring of fire everyone talks about. I felt some tearing, and I even said I'm tearing I'm tearing, but it was over in two seconds. I imagine it's more noticeable with an epi because you go from feeling no pain till all of a sudden there's a burning pain. I imagine that quick transition is a shock.

* Have any tips for me? Hire a doula. I hired mine last time a week before I delivered and it was the greatest decision ever. She may also help with natural induction methods that won't be harming to you, although they technically don't give medical advice.
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May 22nd, 2013, 08:22 PM
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* Do you feel them stitching you back up if you tear or do they numb you up? They should numb you. With my second, the doc started without numbing me...not cool at all. A pinprick and its much more pleasant.
* Is delivering the placenta painful? Nope, hasn't been at all for any of my three. It's a bit gross feeling, but is only a second and it's done.
* What's the pushing process like?. Is the pain worse than the contractions? For my first two, yes, pushing was more painful. It was tons of pressure paired with a feeling of splitting in two. I felt like I could barely breathe. But my third was much more of a feeling of relief. I don't know if it was because I had to get her out quick, but it was better that third time.
* If you've known the pain of the ring of fire WITH an epi, does it hurt worse without an epi? I have never felt the ring of fire, even without epis. I feel pressure, but no fire.
* Have any tips for me? Try very, very hard to stay in the moment and don't let the "what might happen" thoughts sway you into an epi out if fear. It may never come to pass. Your labor can be different, even with similar circumstances. And come armed with lots of tools, so you can try various things to see what helps.
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May 23rd, 2013, 07:42 AM
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I never needed a stitch after my first birth. You can always prepare with massaging the perineum prior to birth.

Delivering the placenta is somewhat uncomfortable, but not painful, and like someone else said, you have the baby to distract you.

The pushing is painful, but it is pain with a purpose. I actually like the labor and delivery so I may not be the best person for advice here. I agree with the no ring of fire, I just never felt this.

You get through labor one contraction at a time. I agree with stay in the moment, don't think about how much longer will it be, because it could be hours, or it could be minutes, there is no way to tell. I feel like labor goes faster without drugs. Thats just me though.

I have done a natural birth with pitocin, my #3 birth, it is possible, but I say avoid it when you can.
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May 23rd, 2013, 08:49 AM
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Do you feel them stitching you back up if you tear or do they numb you up? They numbed me. I never felt the stitched
* Is delivering the placenta painful? No in fact I don't remember feeling it at all.
* What's the pushing process like?. Is the pain worse than the contractions? With my 1st the epidural went funny and I had pain all down my legs while pushing so that time yes, with my natural the pushing didn't hurt, in fact I think it was actually not as bad because that meant baby was going to be there soon, but I only had to push a couple of times with her.
* If you've known the pain of the ring of fire WITH an epi, does it hurt worse without an epi? YES! I have to go agianst what the other ladies said, My epi free ring of fire hurt worse then anything ever, it seriously felt like she was ripping my insides out with her, she was also 10 lbs and the doctor even apologized about it!! I Think that was probably the most painful birth he's ever attended. and he's be practicing almost 20 years. My other births with epis, I didn't feel the ring of fire.
* Have any tips for me? try to relax, work with each contraction and don't worry about the next. Having a natural birth is an amazing experience!
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May 24th, 2013, 03:01 PM
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Everyone else has offered great advice, so I don't have anything to add, but I hope you are holding a baby and were able to avoid the induction! If not, good luck on the labor and birth! I hope you come back and update us when you can!
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May 24th, 2013, 09:04 PM
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So I went into labor around 10 pm on Wednesday night. Around 2 I called the ob and they said to go in. My contractions were 7 minutes. I got checked and was 4-5 cm at 330a by 630a I was 7 cm. Tge OB suggested I walk around because baby was still high after a half hour I felt like I needed to poop. I got checked again and was only 8cm.
Here's my update from the ddc..


I labored and progressed quickly with no pain meds until I got to 8 cm. We tried walking, rocking, breaking water, and when the back labor started tried to get an epidural. The epi didn't take over 3 timees so I told them to stop. The pain from the epi attempts and the intense contractions was too much. The dr checked me and said she believed the baby's head was face up and stuck behind my pubic bone. She said the best thing for us would be a c-section. I criied hard for twenty mins then the nurses and ob and hubby calmed me down and I got prepped. The spinal worked well but I threw up a lot. After a lot of awkward tugging and pushing I heard my baby girl cry at 1032am shes 8lb 9oz 20 in long. Scored 9 10 on apgar. She looks like her big brother but with dark hair.
sometime in the afternoon I noticed I felt wet and my sheets and gown was soaked in blood. The nurse kept cleaning with a cloth and rubbing my uterus then called the other nurse in to help. Freaked me out! They gave me a bag of pit. It slowed it down but I'm still bleeding. Obs not as concerned now as before. My pains manageable. The older siblings love their baby sister. Jackson kept hugging her. She's not eating well and keeps spitting up mucus but the nurse says its normal.
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May 25th, 2013, 07:45 PM
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Sorry things turned out different than you expected. Glad both you and baby are ok. Congratulations and hope you get in lots of sweet baby snuggles!
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