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Tell me about transition

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MamaG Tue 22-Jul-08 12:41:04


Kbear Tue 22-Jul-08 12:44:47

they are lenses that go dark when it's sunny


Kbear Tue 22-Jul-08 12:45:13

sorry, no help at all.

But comedy value is always good. I thought.

MamaG Tue 22-Jul-08 12:45:43


I don't really understand when people talk about it and I've had two childrne (as you know grin) I always nod knowingly and wonder if its taht bit before pushing when I'm an utter cow to dH

dinny Tue 22-Jul-08 12:46:07

intense fear and confusion

funnypeculiar Tue 22-Jul-08 12:46:10

What d'you want to know? Had a humdinger of a transition with ds, none at all with dd...

twocutedarlings Tue 22-Jul-08 12:47:24

Yep thats the bit MamaG

dinny Tue 22-Jul-08 12:47:35

I really really was freaked out by it both times (though less the second) - puked both times too

first time found it so hard to cope with - had got used to handling contractions and was SO confused by the new feeling!

Kbear Tue 22-Jul-08 12:47:41

How have I had two kids and never heard of this?

Did I have it and not know?

(oi, less of the knobbo Mrs).

Mercy Tue 22-Jul-08 12:49:35

I don't know either MamaG.

Although the second time I remember bursting into tears (I was thinking about dd at home) and having the most painful contraction ever when I heard the midwife whisper to the student that I was in transition.

dinny Tue 22-Jul-08 12:50:34

that's so mad - it's all the mws went on about with my two - maybe I had it bad!

MamaG Tue 22-Jul-08 12:50:57

ooh I vomited when in labour with DD

Wtih DS I had a short tiem where I was evil and DH hissed at me "if you don't stop being such a bitch I'm going home" shock

I'm SCARED what if I go all ODD again>?

dinny Tue 22-Jul-08 12:52:48

that would be transition then, I think, MamaG
the puking?

it's also when you start mooing, isn't it?

ShowOfHands Tue 22-Jul-08 12:53:55

I went all calm and zen-like for 15 minutes and educated the midwives about Maori culture. I know nothing of Maori culture btw. Then the second stage kicked in for 6 hours and my world ended.

Never Again.

Gizmo Tue 22-Jul-08 12:55:38

A short period of completely irrational 'Oh God I don't think I can do this' followed 30 minutes later by the evidence that I could, in fact, do this.

Mercy Tue 22-Jul-08 12:56:53

I vomited quite early on with dd, I didn't feel sick though, it just appeared from nowhere. I think the contraction just forced it out.

PortAndLemon Tue 22-Jul-08 12:58:29

Yes, it's that bit. I get all sweary and claim I can't do it, then discover I'm fully dilated and think "Ah, that'll have been transition, then".

I throw up in early labour... transition is actually the one bit where I'm not puking.

iloverosycheeks Tue 22-Jul-08 13:08:00

the only reason I know which bit is transition is due to this conversation day after birth in hospital
MW 'How are you feeling now Rosy'?
Me 'er okay' in a who are you kind of way
MW 'Remember I came in to cover while your MW had a break. I held your hand and rubbed your back'
Me 'I have never seen you before in my life'
MW 'you were in transition dear'
Me 'is that what that was!!
I had no recollection of the MW change over, I do remember feeling very distant from everything going on around me and people's voices seemed very far away - a bit like that feeling just before you faint, if you have ever fainted. It was very weird anyway.

WideWebWitch Tue 22-Jul-08 13:10:06

it's when you think you'#re about to die but really it means it's nearly over and you're nearly there
but sadly, you don't realise that at the time, you juyst think you can't do it and want to leve the room, also impossible, sadly.

Elasticwoman Tue 22-Jul-08 13:10:11

You know you're in transition when

- the TENS machine is no use any more
- pains are really fierce and frequent and you can't really think about anything else
- mw may suggest it's time to get in the birthing pool if you're using one
- you feel you've had enough.

MamaG Tue 22-Jul-08 13:13:19

Ahhh <light dawns> with DS I had a period of contractions contractions contractions with lots of writhing about and shrugging off people trying to hold my hand/stroke my back (get OFF) then I laid on the bed and just looked at DH with glassy eyes (says he) - MWs were out of the room and he rushed to the door and screeched "get in here"! bless him

CaptainUnderpants Tue 22-Jul-08 13:28:33

Transition - isn't it the flight or fight process where you body is delaing with a huge amount of stress therefeore youeither want to run away from it or fight it .

Something like that anyway - thats whta I remener from my NCT classes.

lou031205 Tue 22-Jul-08 13:44:34

DD1 - Transition was the bit where I suddenly realised that it really hurt, and then because I had been told I wasn't in labour, proceeded to freak out and tell my DH that I couldn't do it, and what if they examined me and found me to be half a centimetre dilated and I was going to end up with a C-section (I was actually 10 cm, and ready to push hmm).

DD2 - Transition was the bit where I was in a semi-conscious daze from the pethidine, but suddenly like a thunder bolt, my head cleared, I sat upright and declared "I've got to push this baby out!" 5 minutes later she was on my chest.

It is a definite change in the state of play, but I reckon it is something that (unless you have a number of similar labours) you are unaware of being so at the time. It would be handy to realise next time...

Ledodgy Tue 22-Jul-08 13:48:27

I go a bit weirdy in transition. With dd I felt completley spaced out and like i'd had enough, with ds1 it was too quick to even be aware of transition. This time round I felt like I wanted to sleep, contractions completley stopped and I felt a bit funny and sad so I got myself a square of chocolate, started tweaking my nipples and made labour start again.

PinkTulips Tue 22-Jul-08 13:50:57

it's the bit where if you haven't had painrelief you start to think 'what the fuck am i doing this is insane?!'

it's when the contractions come right on top of each other and last so long you think you're going to be torn from end to end and you feel the babies head right on your bumhole but you don't want to push.

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