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Did anyone enjoy being in labour?

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PeahenTailFeathers Sat 29-Sep-12 13:17:33

I'm getting a bit broody and thinking about TTC again early next year, but part of that broodiness is a wish to experience labour again. Last time I was in agony with dry, back-to-back labour, ending with an epidural and a crash CS, but I remember it as being a wonderful and powerful experience and I'm hoping for a VBAC next time. Does anyone else feel the same way about giving birth?

Lizzietow Tue 02-Oct-12 20:33:58

That's interesting peahan. I had just the same experience as you last time and am now 38 1/2 weeks with my second and bricking it! Seriously?! I'm beginning to wish I'd opted for a c-sec!
But-people do say the second time is a lot easier smile

rogersmellyonthetelly Tue 02-Oct-12 20:25:12

I enjoyed my second after I had the epidural. I spent a relaxing afternoon watching wimbledon women's final before pushing her out in time for tea.

ReallyTired Mon 01-Oct-12 14:31:57

Congratulations stargirl1701,

I'm sorry to hear that you have been so ill and I am glad to hear that things are starting to get better.

stargirl1701 Mon 01-Oct-12 11:42:39

I enjoyed it more than what happened next! I had a water birth which I would highly recommend. Came into midwife unit at 8cm. Baby born 4 hours later. Lovely.

We went home and one week later I was taken to the regional teaching hospital by ambulance with infective mastitis, sepsis and a bladder infection. Given IV antibiotics which I then had an allergic reaction to.

That was last week... Things are getting better!

ReallyTired Mon 01-Oct-12 11:29:55


I am glad that you feel positive about your birth experience. I love the euphoria after giving birth and holding a newborn, it makes the pain worth it.

I would love to give birth again to experience the euphoria afterwards, although I am not keen on labour. I enjoyed the second stage as I am lucky in that it was very quick for me. (Small babies both time and very loose ligaments. ds 15 minutes dd less than 2 minutes)

Self hynothosis is a great tool for managing pain/ fear.

MarianForrester Sun 30-Sep-12 20:59:53

Ha haha!

Devora Sun 30-Sep-12 20:58:20

'Enjoyed it' doesn't describe it adequately. It was bloody tough, painful, scary, and ultimately disappointing as I was rushed off for an EMCS. But it was also the most amazing experience of my life. I would do it again in a heartbeat.

Norem Sun 30-Sep-12 20:56:05

Yes have had 5 and loved them all for different reasons.
1 st induced had an epidural for high bp so comfy throughout and baby born easily, had a massive rush of happy hormones and even kissed the midwife.
2 nd lovely labour at home got to hospital at 6 cm started gas and air, danced round the room to the radio and he pushed himself out!
3 rd home hypnobirth not painful at all! Gas and air for last 20 mins when I felt I was on a wild rollercoaster, out he came and was drinking champagne before the placenta delivered, loved it.
4 th home water birth, very fast once it got going, midwife almost missed it. Best bit my teenagers appearing right after he was born ( they must have been listening outside the door) smile
Last induced at 34 weeks after waters went, longish, defiantly harder than previous two but he was fine and had lots of lovely skin to skin ( thought he might have to go straight to paeds).
Won't be having any more but a bit sad that no more labours and soft delicious babies for me.
Definitely recommend relaxation/ hypnobirthing .

CanIOfferYouAPombear Sun 30-Sep-12 20:43:17

Loved it! It hurt like hell and took forever but it was so exciting!

newtonupontheheath Sun 30-Sep-12 20:40:22



Do it do it do it grin

PeahenTailFeathers Sun 30-Sep-12 19:52:04

So it's mainly yanbu then grin. Maybe those of us who enjoyed it were off our trolleys on hormones. Probably why we go back for more.

thanks Good luck newtonupontheheath

newtonupontheheath Sun 30-Sep-12 14:35:55

I enjoyed it... And can't wait to do it again (due date tomorrow!!)

I got a bit scared when it all kicked off last time and remember saying to DH "if this isn't it, they'll have to knock me out because it bloody hurts!" But when me examined me I was already 8cm grin

Did it all without pain relief (not intended...but bloody proud of it!)

I think it's not like any other pain because you know you need only focus on that/yourself and your baby until it is done. Not like when you're ill and you have to do other "stuff" And you know there's a reason for it... And once it's done you get your baby!

I'd like my baby now please..... smile

Annunziata Sun 30-Sep-12 14:16:53

I hated it at the time, it was not serene or calm and it was soooo painful but I strangely enjoy looking back at it! Can't understand it at all.

HereLittleKitty Sun 30-Sep-12 14:09:59

I think 'enjoy' is going a bit far but with DS2 I definatly had a really great birth experience and was on a proper natural high for a long time after.

All my births have been good births (the last 3 home births)

I've never had pain relief but thats because g&a made me feel sick and my aunty warned me off pethedine.

DS2 was born in a pool and it HURT, it was labour fgs! But it was strangely wondeful too.

CrackleMauve Sun 30-Sep-12 14:07:08

I'm not sure enjoy is the right word, but it wasn't as dreadful as I thought it would be. I hated having to speak to people and go to hospital though. I just wanted to hide in a corner and get on with it. The whole "when should I go to the hospital" thing really distracted me and had me worrying. Planning a homebirth for the next one to avoid that.

I think I probably found it ok because the baby was putting pressure in a way that made me start pushing really early. Meant I was actually doing something with my contractions rather than just feeling them. From an avoiding tearing perspective that's not a good way to labour though!

I felt pretty great after though, bloody hungry mind.

poorbuthappy Sat 29-Sep-12 21:09:38

loved labour, hated pushing. Just crap at it.
Would labour all the live long day if someone else pushed.

duchesse Sat 29-Sep-12 21:05:38

No, none of them. Hurt like feck, all three of them. Was glad to go straight to CS without passing through labour for DC4.

SarryB Sat 29-Sep-12 20:52:49

LO is 5 months old - it was a normal birth with water, gas and air, and morphine. However. It was really bloody painful. I still get flashbacks now about the pain.

But...I can't wait to do it again. What the hell is wrong with me??

thunksheadontable Sat 29-Sep-12 20:29:14

Sucked balls first time. BIG time. Don't even like to think about it.

Last time I really did enjoy it.. it was long (latent labour of ctx of 1 min every 5 to 7 minutes for nearly three days and took a stupidly long time to get from 4cms to 5cms (5am to 1pm with 90 second contractions every 3-5 mins!!!!!!) but God it was powerful... I had no pain relief before pushing and I remember it SO clearly.

I was dancing about to music to keep active and get things going then flinging myself on the ground and whacking the living daylights out of it during contractions.. it was SO physical, it was like running a marathon, it was like a really hardcore euphoric/desolate slog.

Transition was just immense. I felt like I was at the lowest depth of my soul for 30 minutes (more mentally than physically) and then it just lifted and this amazing calm just flooded me and I was ready. That's just etched on my mind.. and the complete WORK that was pushing and the fear that I might split open but the determination to continue to meet this little person... and then he was out and in my arms and I was just babbling on at him overjoyed and full of love.

He is 15 weeks on Monday. I would do it again tomorrow and I would have told you the same within hours of the birth.

The crazy thing is that I was constantly told before the labour "you will forget the pain once the baby is here" but I remember sitting there having contractions every 2mins saying to myself "I will never forget this. Im never doing this again." grin

And here I am on a thread saying I enjoyed labour grin

I think its just such a sense of achievement. That and the fact that I was off my face on g+a!!

EdgarAllanPond Sat 29-Sep-12 20:05:29

the first time was exciting, even though I did, also, fervently wish to be unconscious - after i felt on top of the world even with 2 2nd degree tears

Actual labour not enjoyable though.

last three times - just Ok i suppose. It hurts.

The thing i really enjoy now is when the older DCs come in to see the baby, huge smiles on their little faces.

nickel usually second births are easier, hopefully yours would be too, though it might not make such a long thread!

poachedeggs Sat 29-Sep-12 20:03:41

wanna that was a dreadful pregnancy, constant problems, and in the end I was induced due to pre-eclampsia. Maybe I felt so good because it was over grin

But it might be the same for you smile

I was the same poachedeggs.

After having DD I was buzzing. It was the only time in my life I felt truely happy and ontop of things. I was motivated and energetic.

I dont think this time will be the same sad this pregnancy has really knocked me for six!

nailak Sat 29-Sep-12 19:47:54

i enjoyed it, unassisted home birth, no one poking and prodding me (mw stuck in traffic) walking, eating, my own bath, my own garden, my oil burner and laptop, was brilliant,

wonderstuff Sat 29-Sep-12 19:41:47

I really liked the drugs. Declined pethidine 2nd time as wanted to experience labour properly, that was dumb, it was really fucking painful. Loved g+a. Best bit of labour was the end, when you have a cute baby and you arent pg any more. I HATED being pg.

After first labour I felt very empowered, was amazing high. After 2nd I was too busy to feel anything other than knackered.

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