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Old Aug 26th, 2017, 06:00 AM   1
Littlebear11
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Really scared!


I'm a first time mom and I'll be 24 weeks on Monday. I'm getting super close to the third trimester and I'm freaking out. I'm terrified to give birth but I'm extremely exited to have my little boy here. Just the whole thought of it freaks me out. I know I'll be wanting the epidural since pain and me don't go well together, but I will be pushing it off as long as I can. But that adds another thing to be scared about. Plus everyone is scaring me! Why is it when people see someone that's pregnant they decide to tell me their horrible stories.



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Old Aug 26th, 2017, 11:24 AM   2
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Im so sorry Littlebear! I can't tell you how many stories I know but thats because my mom work high risk pregnancies so I hear them all the time. It will be ok. Yes, its scary and I was scared before my DS was here but all I can tell you is that I was so focused on having him that all my fear went out the window. I also had an amazing support system. DH, mom and dad where in the room with me the entire time! I must say that my dad was a tiny bit uncomfortable but he was a trooper and stuck it out until it came to breastfeeding and the dilation checks. I think you will be ok. Just remember to breath and know that soon you will hold your beautiful baby in your arms. The fear is normal and I am sure when I am closer to having DS #2 I will start to freak out again too. Such is the life of a mom!



 
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Old Aug 26th, 2017, 11:44 AM   3
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The thing that helped me get over the impending birth fear was remembering it's one day. That's it. No hospital will let you be in proper labour for more than about 24 hours (probably a lot less if you're in the US), so just try to think of it as a period of time and don't focus too much on what will actually happen during that time. Childbirth can be very very painful of course, so I can't tell you it won't hurt (although for some women it's really not that bad!) but I can tell you for sure that it won't last long. I was in labour with my son for exactly 24 hours to the minute from when my waters broke to when he was born, with contractions for 22 of those hours, and even though I had an extremely long active labour it's still the blink of an eye looking back and in the grand scheme of things. So just keep reminding yourself it's just one day! You can handle that, no matter what happens within that time! You'll be looked after by medical staff and hopefully have your birth partner(s) there too, and it will be the most magical thing that's ever happened even if it's bloody (literally!) awful because you'll be bringing your little boy into the world



 
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Old Aug 26th, 2017, 14:35 PM   4
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Agree with Talia completely. It's one day of your life at most. I find ftms in particular reall focus on labour being the 'big deal' of having a baby, but it really isn't. It's one day - and then the work begins.

I know because I was just like that first time around - I focused so much on labour I barely thought about what comes after. As soon as labour is over, it doesn't matter any more. Yes, it hurts, yes things can go wrong, but for the majority of women it goes as predicted and is nothing really to get stressed about. Things went wrong for me both times, but we're still all standing and I'm doing it a third time so it can't have been that bad.



 
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Old Aug 26th, 2017, 18:01 PM   5
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Oh and on the epidural matter I'll just say, don't try to plan - baby has his own plan. And also may decide to change his plan halfway through. You can think about your preferences of course and if there's anything you definitely don't want but at the end of the day you'll do whatever the doctors/midwives tell you to because you know they will know best. I never thought I could have an epidural because I have really terrible needle phobia but I ended up having two (both failed....but at least it took my mind off things! Haha) You might find you don't end up asking for one. You could have a super fast labour and not have time. One friend of mine during my first pregnancy had recently had her first baby and rather than coming out with horror stories to scare me, she said "...it wasn't that bad!" Which was nice to hear haha. She said the hardest thing was the effort of it more than the pain. Just throwing it out there that some women don't have extremely painful labours. And the ones that do get over it very quickly



 
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Old Aug 27th, 2017, 00:06 AM   6
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Thank you everyone for the response! I never really thought of it just being one day. I can't wait to meet my son I'm just going to keep focusing on that to get me through all this.



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Old Aug 27th, 2017, 00:27 AM   7
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I felt the same as you with dd, until I was still pregnant at nearly 42 weeks then I just wanted to be in labour as soon as! I didn't have the easiest labour but it hasn't stopped me wanting to do it again as soon as I was ready haha, I loved it all and can't wait to do it again, you will be in expert hands and just ask for what pain relief you need, when you feel you need it
I managed with gas and air and then had morphine but all that done was make me sick which I suspected so will give that a miss this time!
Lots of luck for the rest of your pregnancy



 
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Old Aug 27th, 2017, 01:58 AM   8
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I felt the same as you with dd, until I was still pregnant at nearly 42 weeks then I just wanted to be in labour as soon as! I didn't have the easiest labour but it hasn't stopped me wanting to do it again as soon as I was ready haha, I loved it all and can't wait to do it again, you will be in expert hands and just ask for what pain relief you need, when you feel you need it
I managed with gas and air and then had morphine but all that done was make me sick which I suspected so will give that a miss this time!
Lots of luck for the rest of your pregnancy
I've started thinking about trying to do it all on gas and morphine but we will see how I feel in the moment. The days are going by so quick cause how scared I am. I just need to start focusing on just meeting him other than the pain.



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Old Aug 27th, 2017, 03:42 AM   9
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You can never take someone else's experience (good or bad) until it's your turn. Every pregnancy and every labour and delivery is different. Maybe some anti-natal classes could benefit you to help you prepare. But as for the 'horror' stories everyone seems to enjoy giving first time mothers, ignore them. I personally find that really, really unfair. See, pregnancy, labour and birth never scared me even when I had my first baby in July of 2008 but not everyone is like me. Some woman are genuinely scared of the unknown as it's not something you can understand until you've been down that road. But check out You Tube and read as many positive birthing stories as you can. Hopefully that will help with your fears.



 
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Old Aug 27th, 2017, 10:23 AM   10
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You will be absolutely fine. Labour is just half a day out your life maybee a max of a day or 2. It hurts and nobody looks forward to pain but it will be one of the best days of your life. I personally just dealt with it when it happened. I had gas & air and wanted an epidural but due to other emergancys there was nobody to give me one. Looking back im glad that I didn't have one as i was able to move about after the birth. But ive always said two things...

1. Dont listen to other people's horror stories. People love to scare you. I was told the first wee would be agony. It wasn't at all!!! I was told about tearing.., i was cut but it certainly didn't hurt in the way you would expect. You just go with it when it starts. I was induced so have no experience of natural labour, mine was intense but i look back and go all fuzzy.

Number 2. Dont overthink. Your body will let you know what it wants. Just breathe, take the pain relief you need, trust in your partner & midwife to support you. The time goes by like a blurr. My labour started at midnight. I remember looking at the clock at 3.30 and then next it was 6.32am and she was born.

Nothing beats the moment you see that beautiful baby you have waited 9 months for :-) it truly is worth the labour. Just go with it xx



 
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