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was natural birth harder mentally or physically

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For you personally was it mentally/emotionally hard or physically?
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by on Jun. 30, 2012 at 3:14 PM
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by on Jun. 30, 2012 at 11:49 PM

the first time? both.  the second time?  neither.

by on Jul. 1, 2012 at 2:27 AM


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by Silver Member on Jul. 1, 2012 at 10:50 AM
With my first son, it was mentally, physically, and emotionally hard. I was not so smart and did no preparation for a natural birth. Pretty much showed up to the birthing center thinking I knew everything from reading mainstream books and articles.
Second son, I was cool and calm until transition, then it was mentally and emotionally difficult.
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by on Jul. 1, 2012 at 4:51 PM
Physically for me....dd was face up and I pushed for 5 hrs
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by on Jul. 1, 2012 at 11:35 PM
well physically, which led to mentally because i was SO exhausted from it, but the recovery was a million times easier and i will hands down never NOT go natural
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by on Jul. 2, 2012 at 1:13 AM
Physically, absolutely.
I went into it honestly thinking the pain wouldn't be that big of a deal. I'm lucky enough to have mostly pain free menstruation and was surrounded by women who moaned & complained and carried on about it. So I decided it was mental and that birth was the same and not nearly as painful as women make it out to be....boy was I surprised! Lol.
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by on Jul. 2, 2012 at 7:30 AM
I was very prepared mentally. I had read so much about labor, took a HypnoBirthing course, visualized labor beforehand, etc. So, the majority of labor felt pretty easy to get through.

It became physically challenging a bit during transition and mentally during pushing.

Pushing wasn't mentally challenging because of pain- I actually thought it felt good to push- but, I was having a big baby and my midwife was concerned about his shoulders getting stuck. She pulled an OBGYN in to assist and with them as well as a team of nurses, things in the room got very serious. The OBGYN luckily was pretty wonderful, but did warn me about what could go wrong if he got stuck, including an emergency c-section worst case scenario.

So, I had to work very hard mentally during pushing to stay positive and keep believing I could do it.

Ultimately, I got baby boy out- unfortunately, with an episiotomy- but I did it.
He was 10lb. 2oz.

Mama to baby boy Lincoln... born May 19, 2012

by on Jul. 2, 2012 at 7:34 AM
dd1-not hard at all, took me a minute to realize I was in transition once I realized it I was fine
Dd2-physically-for 15min from begining of transition to delivery
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by on Jul. 2, 2012 at 7:44 AM
Mentally. Just concentrating ton relaxing and such was the hardest part.
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by on Jul. 2, 2012 at 8:34 AM

I think for me it was an emotional thing.  I wasn't getting the support I needed.  I needed someone to help me with positions, breathing, etc during transition.  Instead I broke down and got an epidural with my last baby.  This one will be born at home, so I am hoping my midwife will be a much better form of support, and being at home will be more calming!

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