Transition was the worst part for me - I really did feel like I couldn't go on. I got frightened at that point as I had no way to compare my labour to anything else and I thought the pain was going to go on forever.
Pushing was scary as I wasn't expecting it to be so intense and primal. It was uncomfortable but a different kind of pain. Ring of fire did hurt but I knew to expect it and it meant baby was nearly here so I coped better with it.
It's interesting to see everyones experiences. For me it was for maybe about an hour before I started pushing, so I guess it was transition. I had very intense pressure and pain in my lower back. Lying on my back during a contraction was also very painful. I spent most of labour standing and walking. Pushing was hard work but a tremendous relief because it was less painful for me and I could work with it.
DD was back to back but came out facing the right way. She was turned in the birth canal as I was pushing. The most painful bit was getting her shoulders past my coccyx, where she was side on at that point, it felt like my coccyx was shattering into a million pieces over and over again. Once we got past that it was a breeze. No pain relief here either.
Two natural births so far and I'd have to say that the most painful part of both labors was when I hit transition. I have small babies (6lb) and they've both come out in one push so I didn't feel any crowning pain but those contractions from 7cm to 10cm are killer for me. It's at that point that I feel like I need to have something for pain but it's too late because I pretty much hit 7cm and I'm pushing within an hour.
Not pushing was the worst, the MW was convinced I couldn't possibly be ready to push as it was too quick for a FTM so told me not to, then when she realised I was fully dilated I had to hold it till they could get me to a delivery room! After holding then back pushing was a huge relief
Any opinions, advice, statements or other information expressed or made available on BabyandBump.Momtastic.com by users or third parties, including but not limited to bloggers, are solely those of the respective user or other third party. They do not reflect the opinions of BabyandBump.Momtastic.com and they have not been reviewed by a physician, psychologist or parenting expert or any member of the BabyandBump.Momtastic.com staff for accuracy, balance or objectivity. Content and other information presented on BabyandBump.Momtastic.com are not a substitute for professional medical or mental health advice, counseling, diagnosis, or treatment. Never delay or disregard seeking professional medical or mental health advice from your physician or other qualified health provider because of something you have read on BabyandBump.Momtastic.com. BabyandBump.Momtastic.com does not endorse any opinion, advice, statement, product, service or treatment made available on the website. If you think you have a medical emergency, call your doctor or emergency services immediately.