What can I expect in natural childbirth?

hi i am a first time mother and today i had recieved some info about the epidural and the side effects to it and i was just wondering how many moms have given birth naturally andwhat to exspect during natural child birth.


Asked by angelic09 at 9:26 PM on Dec. 12, 2008 in Pregnancy

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  • I am sadly surprised that the negative attitude about birth. Why do we even bother with having babies if it is such an inconvenience?

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:35 PM on Dec. 12, 2008

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  • i was induced and i took the epidural

    Answer by butterscotch297 at 9:28 PM on Dec. 12, 2008

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  • If you are going to have a natural birth expect pain and lots of it. I was also induced and took the epidural. At first I wanted to deliver natural. I was concerned about the side effects, too. I changed my mind real fast when true labor hit.

    Answer by Tetona at 9:30 PM on Dec. 12, 2008

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  • I birthed naturally and I will again in 5 months. Totally worth it. Even though you feel the pain, you know when you need to push, which reduces a lot of the "risks." You do have to go into it with the mindset that this is what you are doing and fight through. Find your way to focus. I had to focus on my one spot I had picked during contractions and then they were totally bearable.

    Answer by reflect1light at 9:31 PM on Dec. 12, 2008

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  • Good for you for choosing natural btw. :) You can pm me if you like with more questions. My sister has had 2 natural labors, my mom 5, and my other sister is a midwife, so if you have questions, I have possible answers. :)

    Answer by reflect1light at 9:39 PM on Dec. 12, 2008

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  • Labor isn't always predictable and when it goes on and on it can wear you down. My sister told me she thought it wasn't that painful and she is a complainer and a hypocondriac (sp?)....while I am the strong stoic one and I couldn't bear it! I had a natural childbirth for my first and decided that any labors after that, I would get the epidural as soon as it was allowed! The uterus is huge at that point and when the entire thing contracts like that it is an all-encompassing pain that just grabs you and won't let go. I am happy for those who can do it without an epidural, but then again the epidural can let you enjoy the experience without the pain and that is a good thing too. Whatever happens, the important thing is your health and the baby's health.

    Answer by BJoan at 9:59 PM on Dec. 12, 2008

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    Answer by yamil519 at 10:08 PM on Dec. 12, 2008

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  • I have many friends who have given birth naturally. Keep moving around and get comfy. The pain is manageable. I did 31 hours first labor no drugs, and 26 the second.

    Answer by ColleenF30 at 10:29 PM on Dec. 12, 2008

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  • With my first I gave birth completely naturally. It was a painful yet wonderful experience. With my second I was induced and not as brave so I got the epidural... big mistake. My third ended up being an emergency csection and in a couple of weeks I will be delivering number 4 by scheduled csection... I am doing so because of the previous csection combined with the limitations of my body as a result of an auto accident last year.

    Answer by bcauseimthemom at 11:23 PM on Dec. 12, 2008

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  • It is completely different than being medicated. The nursed don't come in and check on you every 5 min. You have this natural birth high after wards. I am not going to say it wasn't painful. Every one has a different pain tolerance level. You should try hypnobabies. My next one will be natural as well. I labored at home for about 7 hours before going in. Delivered her 45 min after arriving at the hospital. Was in and out of the shower and took a bath( even after my water broke), used my birthing ball, used my back massager. Things I wouldn't not have been able to use other wise once you get to the hospital.

    Answer by Alma_C at 12:18 AM on Dec. 13, 2008

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