Can anyone give tips on coping with the Crowning stage?

(54 Posts)
WaynettaSlobsLover Mon 25-Mar-13 10:12:22

I bloody hate it.

PseudoBadger Mon 25-Mar-13 10:17:07

Are you there now?!

Dillydollydaydream Mon 25-Mar-13 10:18:51

A good puff of G&A and long blows. It is awful but that's the beginning of the end, it stings like I don't know what but it doesn't last long then you get a squishy newborn smile

I'm doing it for the 4th time in 9 weeks, crazy person!

MustTidyUpMustTidyUp Mon 25-Mar-13 10:23:45

I think my tactic was to shout 'this fucking huuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuurts'.
<helpful>

WaynettaSlobsLover Mon 25-Mar-13 10:29:38

Oh I'm not there now, got a few months left yet!

So gas and air you say? I didn't have any pain relief last time and literally gritted my teeth and waited to split in half. I just want to know wtf to do when it starts to sting. The head was bad but the pop pop feel of the shoulders was worse. Small baby and I didn't tear but it still flipping hurts.

lysteddy Mon 25-Mar-13 10:31:26

Gas and air and i think dont push until you have a contraction.

Good luck!

mrsbungle Mon 25-Mar-13 10:34:26

Definitely gas and air. I had nothing first time either. I had the ridiculous idea that I wouldn't like gas and air and that it would make me sick. I decided to try it with DC2, though and it was bloody great!

Ummmm you need to deal with it psychologically by repeating in your head "It's almost over, it's almost over, it's almost over" - that's what I did!! Still effin hurt though.

LeBFG Mon 25-Mar-13 11:11:31

Puff in and out nice and hard. Just focus on that. Envisage your baby coming out. I didn't feel that much pain at this stage but was very aware of what was going on iyswim.

AmandaCooper Mon 25-Mar-13 11:19:55

I'm hoping the second time round I'll at least know that yes you really do have to push that hard and with such disregard for your physical well being - maybe it will be quicker and less of a head fuck...

TomDudgeon Mon 25-Mar-13 11:54:55

Ha musttidy
Think I said sheeeeeeeet (shit)
At the point of crowning
It is very much, its nearly all over by that point though.

Welovegrapes Mon 25-Mar-13 11:56:43

I think it's different every time and it should be better with dc2. I had a huge DS and bad 2nd degree tear and tbh apart from momentary ring of fire it honestly wasn't as bad as the stage 1 contractions.

RightUpMyRue Mon 25-Mar-13 12:00:24

I'm hoping giving birth in the water will lessen the sting.

38+5 at the mo. I'll let you know if it works.

Zatopek Mon 25-Mar-13 12:04:43

It's foul isn't it? I had a really lovely calm 2nd birth but it was the point I just wanted someone to cut me open and "get it out". Didn't help that DD had shoulder dystocia and just hung there whilst the alarms went off. MW described it afterwards as a "tight fit". Yes putting it mildly.

How do you cope?I think you just go aahhhhhhhhhh and hope that it will be over soon.

I always think women on OBEM don't seem to be so bothered by crowning. Well they seem to be in pain at the point of crowning but once the head is out they seem to relax. For me I thought the pain was worse after the head was out.

Zatopek Mon 25-Mar-13 12:05:55

I gave birth in water! Didn't tear though despite this 9lb baby and shoulder forcing her way out.

StormyBrid Mon 25-Mar-13 12:12:56

You cope with it because you have to, because it's a bit late to change your mind by then. Also, gas and air, and swearing - I opted for "fuck a duck!"

spanky2 Mon 25-Mar-13 12:17:16

When you are crowning the finish line is in sight . You will be so relieved that it is almost over you won'tcare too much . Take deep breaths of gas and air the baby is nearly there!

5eggstremelychocaletymadeggs Mon 25-Mar-13 12:21:03

Birth in water. Use gas and air and remember at that bit its nearly all over.

I said 'owww oewww owww oww fuck' at crowning!

TheTiger Mon 25-Mar-13 12:24:00

Give birth in water, I didn't feel the 'ring of fire' just stinging. It eased the pain of the contractions too.

Good luck!!

Branleuse Mon 25-Mar-13 12:24:03

swearing a lot.

maybe screaming

MustTidyUpMustTidyUp Mon 25-Mar-13 13:35:09

I sense a theme...

WaynettaSlobsLover Mon 25-Mar-13 15:43:41

Pmsl at 'fuck a duck' grin

Zatopek shoulder dystocia is my worst nightmare. How long did it take to get dc out? Yes I also thought it was worse AFTER the head was out.

Brilliant advice on here. Thanks all of you. It's true that the finish line is in sight at the ring of fire. My mw squirted cold cream all over my bits when I crowned. It helped a bit I think.

LoganMummy Mon 25-Mar-13 15:48:06

I'm no use for advice, I just screamed at this point. Didn't realise how stingy that bit was!

Notmyidea Mon 25-Mar-13 16:53:11

wait for your uterus to take over? I'm currently frantically trying to turn a breech at 37 weeks. If I get as far as crowning I'm going to give the hypnobirthing numbing glove type technique a go and hope it doesn't feel too much like wanking in front of the midwife.
I'll let you know...

chickenfactory Mon 25-Mar-13 17:01:33

I really wish they showed a bit more of this bit on OBEM, I think I'm in for a surprise confused

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