I'd punch someone who told me not to push, lol. I did not push through a couple of contractions after LO's head was born because she had the cord round her neck and the MW was trying to sort it. That was okay but would not have kept it up for 2 hrs.
I had a home water birth, and by far the most painful part was when my midwife compressed and palpated my uterus after birth. I hemorrhaged, so it was helpful in stopping the bleeding, but it was soooo painful. The contractions and pushing I managed just fine.
I had epidural after 10 hours, so didn't actually feel pain when pushing him out but I had 10 hours of contractions starting at 4 mins apart 30 secs duration and going to 3 mins apart 1 min duration! That were painful but it was the fact that there was no let up or break really for such a long time that was the hardest thing! Thinking back though I got out of the pool during transition (7cm) and remember begging for pain relief as the contractions were sooo bad!
Lo was in an awkward position and I ended up having a ventouse so I am glad I got the epidural!!
Transition contractions for me too, although MW didn't believe I was in transition already as it had only been an hour since they had broken my waters and labour hadn't even started. Thankfully my yelling and saying I can't do this and demanding an epidural repeatedly made her rethink and 10 mins later I was fully dilated and pushing! But they were definately intense and awful, they didn't seem to have any slow build up so I didn't cope well with them!! The pushing felt like a relief for me if not exhausting. The ring of fire got overtaken by the pain of the episiotomy and forceps for me so the stinging didn't seem as bad in comparison.
The stitches did hurt a hell of a lot afterwards too but definately the transition contractions without a doubt. I was that annoying woman who scares the life out of others in early labour by screaming so loud lol! It was back to back labour too.
Def contractions. Ring of fire does super suck, and I have to admit I never got the "relief" some women have from pushing, but the ring of fire was so fast and then over with. Plus two out of three of my births were waterbirths, so that could have added relief to the ring of fire...actually i know it did bc it def hurt more with my "land" birth. The contractions were def the worst for me just bc they are so frequent.
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.
I had the exact same thing happen to me, it was utterly terrifying and traumatic, and nobody was able to tell me until afterwards why it hurt so much. I remember thinking " i thought pushing was supposed to be the easy bit" I pushed for three hours before episiotomy and ventouse delivery, and she came out the 'wrong' way up. I really hope this one isn' back to back, when the time comes!
1st contractions - epidural
2nd contractions - gas and air
3rd pushing she got stuck - gas and air
4th only 1hour labor not 2 bad - nothing
5th back to back her head turning at 10 cm and then retained placenta - gas and air
6th contractions - gas and air
currently ttc number 7
I had an epidural at 6-7 cm but then I was 10cm around an hour later so maybe I was transitioning faster than expected which is why it was suddenly more than I could handle.
although I had epidural the pushing was very painful and I felt so much relief when my baby's head was out.
as for the pushing, yes the body does it by itself but I for some reason didn't want to push. at first I realized that this was pushing but then I dunno what happened and I didn't understand anymore. I think I was afraid of pooping lol.
edit: am I the only one who got emotional revisiting the labor? I loved it regardless of everything and hope my next labor is just as straightforward.
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