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What I Wish I Had Known #3

>> Friday, January 20, 2012

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I have two birth stories, and they are both completely different, in every way. I won't go into all the details, but with my firstborn, I had an epidural. There was never any doubt in my mind that that's what I was going to do. I remember so clearly being in the hospital room while I was in labor and hearing the woman in the room next door screaming like crazy. I felt embarrassed for her. I vowed that I would never, ever scream during childbirth.

My birth experience with the epidural turned out to not be a good one. The epidural didn't completely take on one side and I was in so much pain. So fast forward a couple years, when I'm pregnant with my second, and I decided I wasn't going to get an epidural. Why face my massive fear of needles all over again for something that won't even work right and leaves me in more pain?

But I was nervous. Could I actually handle the pain? And would I actually know what to do? Even though I'd given birth before, it's like I'd forgotten how it goes and didn't know if I'd remember how to push, etc.

I wish I had known that my body would take over and I had no need to worry about anything. I kid you not, my body knew what to do, and guided me through it. All the worry about wondering if I'd know what to do was pointless. And...I screamed. A lot. A very embarrassing amount. And guess what. I don't care, because like I said, my body took over, and apparently that's what I needed to do to work through the pain.

So if you are worried at all about the birth experience, don't worry, and know that your body will take control and you will get through it!

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Jessica January 20, 2012 at 7:20 AM  

sometimes i really wish i could experience labor! not only does it take about 2 weeks before i can walk without feeling like my innards are gonna pop out, but it takes a couple hours before i get to hold my babies!!! however, other times i am glad that i don't have to worry about it. b/c like my dr says, if i ever were in labor, my body would shut down and that would be that!! stupid vagal nerve!!!

Melissa T. January 20, 2012 at 8:20 AM  

My birth stories are very similar to yours. I "vocalized" quite a bit the second time. But every one said I wasn't really that loud. I'm not sure if they're just being nice or what!

I am LoW January 20, 2012 at 9:17 AM  

I never screamed. But I do remember saying "ohmygosh, ohmygosh, this really hurts, ohmygosh!" and then at the very end, before time to push, I remember half consciousnesses between each contraction.

aniC,  January 20, 2012 at 7:10 PM  

Melissa, I like your wordage much better. I "vocalized" a lot, very loudly! :)

Anonymous,  January 24, 2012 at 12:14 PM  

Wonderful. I was very vocal especially with the second but that one was much quicker and I was much more alert! The first kid took 10 hours in the hospital and at the end I was also half conscious in between contractions so my body could rest. The second was out in 4 hrs :)

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