I'm not afraid of labor... However I want to know what it's like
Long and painful lol
here is a link to our birth stories post, it has lots of personal experiences with labor and delivery:
It's completely different for everyone. Don't get me wrong, it hurt-but for me it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. For me it was like really bad cramps. When it came to pushing- I heard that it would feel like you had to poop. I had more of a burning sensation. The worst part for me was when DS's head was out and they were turning him to get his shoulders out. I felt like I was going to rip forward instead of back. But It's all worth it.
OH! Also do what works for you. I remember they were telling me to push a certain way. Halfway through I realized it wasn't working for me and I wasn't getting anywhere. So I just did what I felt would work. Things went much faster and better.
No two experiences are exactly the same. Every person and every pregnancy is different. However, it is most common for first time moms to labor 20+ hours. I would recommend doing research on the labor and delivery process from a medical viewpoint (what's going on, what is your body doing, what is baby doing) to decide how you want your experience to be.
For me it was tiring and it hurt alot. If you don't want to do the epidural then when it gets to the really hard part sing or say I can do this because at least for me things started to get blurry so doing the focus object thing did not really help me at the time. I did end up getting an epidural, but if that is something you want to do then it can be really helpful and my son was fine after his birth.
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