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SipTheCocaCola Mon 12-Feb-18 23:04:30

What’s it really like? How does it compare to period cramps?

AssassinatedBeauty Mon 12-Feb-18 23:08:39

It'll be different for everyone, but for me with a back to back labour it was 1000x worse than period pains. It came in waves and built to a peak, before lessening. When contractions were very close together there was no lessening between them.

I thought I'd feel them in my bump more, but it was all round my lower back. I felt compelled to stand, pace and lean forwards. I'd have fought like a wildcat if anyone had tried to make me lie down.

ShowOfHands Mon 12-Feb-18 23:09:27

Every labour is different. With my first there was no build to contractions, no peak, just 2 minute long hideous pain that I thought would kill me. Then a 30 second break. Rinse and repeat for 30 hours. It was traumatic.

Second labour? Didn't hurt at all.

MinnieMousse Mon 12-Feb-18 23:14:45

It is very individual, I think. A lot depends on the position of the baby and your uterus. I also felt them only in my back,in both labours, although neither DC was back to back. They did start gradually at the beginning, and I had a break between each contraction, even towards the end. They really hurt though, there's no getting past that! There are plenty of different pain-relief options and some people manage fine without any. Tbh, I am a wuss and survived on just a TENS machine and gas and air.

FrozenMargarita17 Mon 12-Feb-18 23:15:51

It wasn't particularly painful for me, it was huge pressure down below and more exhaustion that I struggled with.

I managed it with some paracetamol.

WinkyisbackontheButterBeer Mon 12-Feb-18 23:18:26

For me it was a deeper more intense pain than period pain but manageable.
I really did feel that I could breath it away. Each breath pushed the pain further down my abdomen and once it got to the bottom it went away.

I could cope because I knew that it was a ‘good’ pain. It was there for a purpose and there would be an end to it. Theoughout labour i went into myself, knowing that breathing through it and breaks between made it ok.

NoNoCharlieRascal Mon 12-Feb-18 23:19:08

I have always had dreadfully painful periods so I found labour manageable. I had a water birth and no pain relief and actually enjoyed it, it was an incredible experience. But, it was a straight forward pregnancy and birth.

It is, as others have said, different for each person depending on a lot of factors.

notuptoyou Mon 12-Feb-18 23:23:48

Every labour is different and different for every person. My contractions were constant, I never got a break until babies arrived with all labours. I remember with 1 & 3 half way in wanting epidurals but never got them.

All labours were managed drug free, baby no.2 was biggest and back to back and my easiest labour.

SipTheCocaCola Mon 12-Feb-18 23:27:01

Thanks for all the replies. I’m not yet pregnant as I am unsure yet how I would deal with pregnancy and labour and if it’s something I am willing to go through at this stage in my life.

AssassinatedBeauty Mon 12-Feb-18 23:30:41

It's worth saying that i found it manageable with movement and a tens machine.

You can have an epidural which is usually very effective as pain relief.

Kingsclerelass Mon 12-Feb-18 23:35:34

What do you mean 'at your stage of life'. Are you at the younger or older end of what's possible?

SipTheCocaCola Tue 13-Feb-18 00:34:59

Younger. Early 20s but currently experiencing some MH issues relating to anxiety and worry (hmm) that I’ll have anxiety about the pain all through pregnancy. I have a 12mo DN who lives with her single dad (my DB) in our family home. Due to this DN and I are extremely close as I’m an additional guardian type role to her. But feel I’m getting a bit too attached and wanting to play that role so would love a child of my own with DP

Kingsclerelass Tue 13-Feb-18 00:50:44

To be honest, I didn't find birth too bad, long and exhausting but no screaming in agony.
The worst bit was the first six months. Being stuck at home with a newborn, with galloping hormones, baby blues and usually not much money, is lonely, isolating and a challenge to anyone's MH.
While you need to do what is right for you, just try to go into it with your eyes open. Don't get a Dewey eyed view of motherhood and end up being disappointed. You have plenty of time. Enjoy time with your dn but don't put yourself under any pressure. Get yourself happy & well first.
(Don't get me wrong, I adore my ds and wouldn't be without him)

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