If You've Ever Given Birth... - page 10

Okay, ladies...I have some questions here... I'm an OB nurse. I deliver babies for a living. I have never personally given birth or ever been pregnant. So here's my question....in all honesty,... Read More

  1. by   LydiaGreen
    I have given birth to two children. Both precipitous labours. Did not feel a single contraction until 8cm with either and when I did, they were right on top of each other. Pushing is heaven! Delivery is a really hot, searing heat, kind of sensation. I would not want to repeat the pain of childbirth, but can tell you that that kind of pain is nothing compared to an ectopic pregnancy. 36 days of hemorrhaging (because 5 GP's thought it was an incomplete miscarriage instead of a tubal), and by the time I got to an OB/GYN and had emergency surgery, the OB/GYN let me know just how close I was to death myself. I can honestly tell you that that kind of pain had me begging God to kill me - I just couldn't take it anymore. Normally T3's knock me out for 8-12 hours, they didn't even take the edge off of this pain.

    Yes, childbirth is painful, and every L&D is different - but the positive result (baby!) makes you immediately forget the pain. And it is ALL so worth it in the end.
  2. by   Betty_SPN_KS
    Quote from CarolineRn
    Wow Betty!! All those children and you still managed to become a nurse? I bow down to your superior womaness! Hope all your kids are healthy, happy, and strong!

    My youngest is 5. The others are old enough to help. I couldn't have done it without their help, or their dad's help. I'll be finishing LPN school next week. Yeah!
    Last edit by Betty_SPN_KS on May 5, '04
  3. by   BRANDY LPN
    I think contractions feel like leg cramps, or charlie horses, at least that quality of pain, although they are about 1000 times more painful, and the happen over and over for hours.The pain of actually pushing the baby out is undescribable it burns and stings like tearing type pain and also has extreme amounts of pressure. I have three children the first one I had a forcep delivery after the epidural had worn completely off and no other pain relief not even lido with the third degree repair, the second a shot of nubain 30 minutes before I delivered and the third nubain and demerol. I had pitocin with all three so I have nothing to compare that to but it was bad, but it is nothing you cant do and you get over the pain as soon as you see your baby.(really)
  4. by   VaKidPN
    Well, for me, it was like having severe menstrual cramps on top of someone punching me in the back. Then towards the end, it was as though I was the girl from the exorcist. People always say oh youll forget the pain...lies all lies lol... but honestly. Ive had three kids now.. And all well worth the pain.
    Kris
  5. by   ARmickie
    Just wanted to make a comment here about C sections. While I'm no expert on the subject, I have had four! My recovery from C sections really hasn't been too much different than what alot of vaginal delivering mom's have had. Of course my stomach was alot sorer, but I didn't have an episotomy, either. I think I had a pretty rough time with my first C section. It was an emergency, and the OB on call decided to do a vertical cut down my abdomen from my navel to my pubic bone. According to the surgical report I got later, the incision on my uterus was horizontal. I was on morphene for three days, and went home two days after that. Three weeks after I had my baby, I was playing touch football with my husband! Each time after that, I was allowed to go home three days post op. I was always up and moving around a bit the evening I delivered.
    No real point here, really, other than C Sections aren't all that bad in my opinion. I didn't feel that much pain in the beginning, I was awake for delivery, and my pain was normally controlled with simple tylenol once I left the hospital. So, for any soon to be moms reading.. while C sections may not be the preferred method of getting a baby delivered into the world, it's not the most horrible or painful way, either.

    And, no, I don't mean to imply that anyone has said anything to the contrary, just that C/S usually get a bad rep on the recovery. Ohhh.. and one more thing about that first C/S and the morphene... No one told me until my second pregnancy when my new OB had the surgical report that the first OB had sliced into my bladder in his rush. Probably one of the reasons for all the morphene.. JMO
  6. by   TinyNurse
    Birth is an awesome thing!!!
    I had my only son at home.
    My mom was in attendance....... She is RT and an o2 tank and all neccities were avail.
    I felt like i had to "pee" every two seconds.......... my mom arrived and saw that my contractions were 1min 20 sec apart........
    i played kickball took many showers had fun listened to pink floyd and then i gave birth while comfortably numb was playing.........
    The pain I felt was "i have to pee" no I reallllllllllllly havee to peeeeeeeeeeeeeee.
    pushing was completely different than labor though.....
    xoxo Jen
  7. by   Medic2RN
    I had to post about this subject since I had a baby 9 months ago. I was extremely anxious about going through childbirth, especially when people like to tell you horrific birth stories when they see that you're pregnant.
    My labor pains felt like the worst type of menstrual cramps imaginable x 100. I was induced with Pitocin and had a few problems throughout the day. I was in labor for 18 hours and pushed for 2 hours and 9 minutes and delivered an 8lb, 2oz baby.
    I did get an epidural around the 9-10 hour mark - I was exhausted from the pain. I had to get an episiotomy, broke blood vessels in my eyes, and all the other nice things that go along with pushing so strenuously - sat on a "doughnut" for a week! The pain that most sticks out in my mind is the day after delivery.
    All in all - it wasn't as bad as I thought, even with all my complications.
    I think the pain of a gallbladder attack is much worse - which I had to have removed a few weeks later. I'll take labor over that type of pain anyday!!

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