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alittlelost March 6th, 2013 07:39 PM

anyone else NOT feel the "ring of fire"
 
I heard so much about the ring of fire when planning my last natural childbirth.

I don't know if having a water birth cancelled out the fire feeling, but honestly, I think "ring of fire" sounds a lot better than what I ACTUALLY felt pushing the baby out.

But most people describe it as ring of fire. For me it just felt like my ENTIRE body was going to split in two. I was in SO MUCH pain that I don't think I could have "localized" the pain to a ring of anything anywhere.

Is this unusual?

I still plan on having another NCB and thought my NCB was 1000 times better than my epi births. I just don't seem to be on the same page as most people regarding the pain of pushing.

ashj_1218 March 7th, 2013 06:39 AM

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I am 100% with you. I wasn't in the water, but still did not have a ring of fire. I just felt like my body was splitting in two. It felt the same with my first too. I hate pushing. But am lucky I am a quick pusher, so it's short lived. I dread pushing this time, not labor..I am cool with labor. But pushing is what I dread.

alittlelost March 7th, 2013 07:51 AM

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the pushing is what I dread too :( I'm also a quick pusher, thankfully, but man, that's a horrible feeling. I wish I knew something that helps with that stage, but I never see anything about.

MyFantasticFour March 7th, 2013 08:23 AM

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I thought I was tearing down there. I asked over and over again if I tore but I had no tearing at all. I realized later that maybe that's what people were talking about.

alittlelost March 7th, 2013 10:01 AM

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Yeah, I thought maybe, but they keep saying "burning" and burning sounds like it would feel a lot better than what I really felt. Also, I couldn't tell you where the pain was coming from. Down there was PART of it, but really my WHOLE BODY hurt like it was splitting in half. It's only 5 minutes of the process (for me) but it stinks.

ashj_1218 March 7th, 2013 10:32 AM

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^^Thats how mine feels too. I immediately panic when I get the pushing urge...mostly because my whole body reacts. It is "down there," but actually what bothers me is that I can feel pressure everywhere. I shake and it feels like evn my eyes are coming out. It's just a powerful feeling and I think my body intrinsically fights it a bit. I try not to, but I don't have a lot of control at that point.

4 boys March 7th, 2013 11:58 AM

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I totally relate to the "splitting in half" feeling. That's what I felt with my third son and he had the biggest head out of any of my kids. With some of the others I felt the "ring of fire" and with one I didn't feel anything at all. I guess each birth is just different and I do wonder if head size has something to do with it.

Calendula March 7th, 2013 01:31 PM

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I had a tiny bit of the 'ring of fire' feeling as her head advanced, but only for a split second and then things were so compressed down there I went numb pretty fast. She spun from sunny side up when I started pushing, so all I really felt was the back labor finally letting up, and that was such an incredible relief that I remember the time pushing as the least painful. It was just so amazing not to be having back spasms. I did feel the all over pressure and horrid shaking, but only during transition.

Genipher March 7th, 2013 03:48 PM

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I don't recall ever feeling that "ring of fire" (we've had 4 babies so far and are expecting #5 any day now).
I have to admit, the pushing feels better to me than the actual labor.
Interesting how we all experience labor differently.

alittlelost March 7th, 2013 07:01 PM

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I talked to my midwife about it today, and she thinks it was the POSITION of my last child coming out. I admit, his position was pretty bad (his whole face was bruised for 2 weeks after birth because he basically pushed out against my coccyx bone. They made a note to try to encourage other pushing positions for me to help prevent that this time. We'll see. I feel a little better about it now.

Counting our Blessings March 7th, 2013 07:42 PM

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Wow, I agree with you ladies! I can handle the labor, but the pushing makes me so scared. My last 4 have been waterbirths and I still felt it, although to a lesser degree I think. I am 32 weeks and am starting to get nervous of the pushing stage. I don't see it as the relief stage. Sorry, I'm no help, but I understand completely.

Kelllilee March 7th, 2013 08:11 PM

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I push my babies out fast. By the time it gets to the 'ring of fire' part the baby is out in under a minute so I don't really feel it much. It's just one huge sensation of movement. I felt more with my middle daughter since I tore a tiny bit with her (not even worth a stitch).

MissusF March 7th, 2013 09:03 PM

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I did not feel the ring of fire. I was dreading it when she started to crown but I never felt it. Pushing and delivering her was actually pretty painless for me which was a welcome relief after the brutal transition that I had. I was pushing for an hour and didn't tear though, so maybe having it happen so slowly had something to do with it? I also held a warm wash cloth with olive oil on my perineum and maybe it helped.

daneeleigh March 7th, 2013 11:43 PM

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I just felt tearing. I remember saying I'm tearing, I'm tearing. But it didn't feel that bad honestly. Pushing was the best part for me though, labor sucked. But I had horrible back labor so Idk.

alittlelost March 8th, 2013 06:56 AM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by Kelllilee (Post 27173989)
I push my babies out fast. By the time it gets to the 'ring of fire' part the baby is out in under a minute so I don't really feel it much. It's just one huge sensation of movement. I felt more with my middle daughter since I tore a tiny bit with her (not even worth a stitch).

My pushing time is similar to yours, but my pain is obviously different. I push about 5 minutes but once they crown the rest is fast, but only because it hurts SO bad it just can't happen fast enough. I need the baby OUT!

KtKuKi March 8th, 2013 06:26 PM

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I'm not sure this was the best thread for me to read when I'm 40 weeks pregnant...:sneak:

Counting our Blessings March 8th, 2013 08:18 PM

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You are going to have a great, painless labor, I just know it! :smile:

alittlelost March 8th, 2013 08:36 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by KtKuKi (Post 27177346)
I'm not sure this was the best thread for me to read when I'm 40 weeks pregnant...:sneak:

Sorry! If it's any help, my labor was REALLY easy and the actual "pain" (from pushing) was short lived. And I've had epidural births before and would still do a NCB any day :)

KtKuKi March 10th, 2013 10:16 AM

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Thanks! I hope it goes well...

Heidijens1 March 12th, 2013 10:16 AM

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It is interesting reading this. did you ladies that had the "Spliting in half" pain have bigger babies? My 3rd was 10 lbs when she was born and for me I describe it as her ripping my insides out. Seriously if felt like she was ripping me apart when she was born. I only had to have a couple of stiches but it was soo bad even my doctor apologized! I seriously don't think he had seen a mom in that much pain while pushing the baby out. and he's been delivering babies for 15 years!


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