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Have you had 2 or more drug free births? user banned
5th Jun '13

My last birth was completely drug free. No pitocin or Epi and it was very painful but do able. My first 2 births I got pitocin and an epidural and I remember contractions being Waaaay worse than my drug free.



I'm wanting to have another drug free birth a d this time I have the option to water birth which is awesome! But I'm afraid it's gonna hurt alot worse this time. And I will cave and get an epidural or something.



So if you had 2 drug free births were they similar in pain? My contractions have felt different with each pregnancy but they all hurt! Lol just curious how your expeiriences were

user banned Due November 7 (boy); 1 child; Dayton, Ohio 26853 posts
5th Jun '13

I am curious why you think this one would hurt worse than last time?
I have not had a natural birth but I am doing a home water birth this time. The water is suppose to do wonders for contractions.

Pukey McPukerton Due January 15 (girl); Ontario 465 posts
5th Jun '13

I have never had an epi and twice I was put on pitocin to speed things along. The pitocin induced labour hurt 100000000000x worse! Although every labour was different. My biggest baby was actually my easiest delivery and the least amount of pain.

⚓Misty⚓ 4 kids; Keenesburg, Colorado 7276 posts
5th Jun '13

My first 2 were completly drug free & easy labor. My 3rd was induced so I got the pitocin & the contractions were horrible, but I still didn't get an epi, instead I got half a dose of phentanal (sp) which lasted like 5 min :( my 4th I had to be induced & also hadd piticon & had to get the lowest dose epi that I could because my bp would skyrocket everytime I had a contraction. I would have rather not had the epi

user banned 4 kids; Mueang Phuket, Thailand 30487 posts
5th Jun '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Smartass *Preggo!*:</b>" I am curious why you think this one would hurt worse than last time? I have not had a natural birth but I am doing a home water birth this time. The water is suppose to do wonders for contractions."</blockquote>




Idk. Each labor is different. My last baby was sunny side up and my contractions were so low. My whole belly didn't tighten and my contractions in the monitor were like tiny little bunny hills lol. I'm just worried I won't be able to do it again! I'm hoping the water helps alot too!!

lacTAYtor. ☮ 3 kids; North Carolina 4496 posts
5th Jun '13

The contractions were the worst with my 2nd, so I don't think it gets worse with subsequent pregnancies, just every pregnancy is different. The pain of actually delivering was about the same (from what I remember).

user banned Due November 7 (boy); 1 child; Dayton, Ohio 26853 posts
5th Jun '13
Quoting ☮ Phuket:" <blockquote><b>Quoting Smartass *Preggo!*:</b>" I am curious why you think this one ... [snip!] ... were like tiny little bunny hills lol. I'm just worried I won't be able to do it again! I'm hoping the water helps alot too!!"


Do you go to the chiropractor? You should! It's great for making sure your body is aligned for a natural birth =)

I think you'll really enjoy your water birth. Remember a lot of the pain is really in your mind.

user banned 3 kids; Ontario 10942 posts
5th Jun '13

2 drug free births one hospital and one home birth, my 3rd was emergancy c-section.

My 2nd was a lot worse then my first. But my oldest was 7lbs 0oz and 18 inches long and from start to finish my total time was a little over an hr or so.
My 2nd wasnt that long either but she was 8lbs 8oz and 20 inches long, but she got stuck in the birth canal, and the midwives and 2 assistants ahd to all reach in and pull her out (gave birth on my hands and knees) she was barely breathing when she finally was born. That is the only reason why it hurt more. My 3rd was supposed to be a homebirth as well ,but too many complications and they did the c-section a week early.

user banned 2 kids; New York 34017 posts
5th Jun '13

I had pitocin with my first. I was 7 cm when I got to the hospital, I didn't know what it was for but they said I needed it. I wish I had been more informed.



I was in labor for 5 hours, went to the hospital and had him 5 hours later. I didn't push for long, maybe 15-20 minutes. It hurt, but I don't remember it being that bad after he was out.



My second, I didn't even know if I was in labor. We went to the hospital around midnight & I had him at 4:24am. I wasn't on monitors constantly which was nice, I got to walk around but, there wasn't far to go so I didn't do that for long. The contractions hurt worse than I remember with my first. I got to 7cm, she broke my water, and I felt SOMUCHPAIN. my back was killing me, I wanted to have him standing, but I could barely even roll off my side onto my back, I had him barely 20 minutes later. I ended up asking for the epi, but I didn't have fluids or anything and there was no time to do it, he was RIIIIGHT there waiting to come out. I pushed once before the dr. came in, he was out fast, but I was in a lot of pain afterwards. I don't remember it hurting after with my first like that. & I was PETRIFIED to go pee for some reason, but the nurse said if I didn't they'd give me a catheter.



But, if I ever have another child.. i'll be doing it all natural, again. I want a water birth but it grosses SO out so that probably won't happen. But, i don't really plan on having a third.

*Call Me MOM* 8 kids; Minnesota 11992 posts
5th Jun '13

I've had 3
Well 2 completely drug free and the labor and birth was hard like it should be but it was so much easier than my 2 nd birth!



My 3rd was 9 lbs 8 oz and my 4 th was 10 lbs 9 oz and it was amazing to feel so empowered and be able to get up and feel amazing 30 mins after birth!



My 2nd was a failed epi it was horrid I didn't prepare myself for a natural birth I didn't expect the epi to not work .. So I was confined to the bed since I had the epi but I could feel and move everything on my body so idk what happened but it was not a medicated birth just being stuck in bed wasn't fun.. He was 8 lbs 13 oz



My first birth was an epi and just perfect for my very first birth!



I'm doing natural again this time and laboring in the tub like I did with the last 2

⚓Misty⚓ 4 kids; Keenesburg, Colorado 7276 posts
5th Jun '13

When I had gallbladder attacks the only thing that helped with the pain was sitting in a hot shower so I'm assuming that the warm water would be wonderful for contractions too

*Call Me MOM* 8 kids; Minnesota 11992 posts
5th Jun '13

Just remind yourself constantly that there is no need for meds that they aren't even an option and once you are laboring you will be focused on contractions and helping the baby descend ... Once I focused on my body I forgot about my options ... I was very quiet during labor and birth I just hummed the while time :) it hurt like hell but its supposed to lol it's "labor"



I've heard hypo babies you can have a completely painless birth! Which is pretty amazing maybe look into that?

tatesmommy09 2 kids; Illinois 4003 posts
5th Jun '13

My 2nd was easier but I was prepared for a natural birth.



With my first I always assumed I would get the epi and just be numb and not feel a thing. But I was 8cm upon arrival and quickly progressed to 10cm so I was forced to do it naturally.



After that I knew I could go natural with my 2nd and was excited. I just kept cobtrol of my contractions by deep breathing. I acheived a painless natural birth. It was incredible. I laughed and joked through the whole thing, pushed when I was ready, and everything went perfectly. My midwife and nurses were proud.



Although I do have to add that my whole labor only lasted 36 minutes!!!

user banned 4 kids; Mueang Phuket, Thailand 30487 posts
5th Jun '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting *boobie babies mom*:</b>" Just remind yourself constantly that there is no need for meds that they aren't even an option and once ... [snip!] ... it's "labor" I've heard hypo babies you can have a completely painless birth! Which is pretty amazing maybe look into that?"</blockquote>




This is how I made it through last time. Just telling myself that my body knew what it was doing and trusting it. I actually have downloaded a few different hypnobirthig soundtracks on my iPod. I listen to them at night. It's pretty much this woman with a calm Australia. Accent voice who is giving you birth affirmations and stuff. I enjoy it and see how it can help relax. I remember trying not to tense up durin those las few transition contractions I had. Not fighting it really helped. I'm confident I can do it again,but I still hesitate and "what if's".



My plan is to stay home for a while and not rush in like I always do! I was only 4cm when I got to he hospital last time. My plan (as long as I can do it and not in too much pain ) is to make some batches of mothers milk tea so it's ready when I get home; and try to clean up what I can. Shower and put some make up on ( getting birth pics done) and just freshen up! Lol and hopefully by then contractions are regular enough to go in. Last time I contracted a good 8 hours irregularly and hit 7cm and then water broke and that's when it hurt.

Party of FIVE! 3 kids; Romania 37562 posts
5th Jun '13
Quoting ☮ Phuket:" My last birth was completely drug free. No pitocin or Epi and it was very painful but do able. My first ... [snip!] ... in pain? My contractions have felt different with each pregnancy but they all hurt! Lol just curious how your expeiriences were"


My first was the most painful because I had pitocin. My second was by far the easiest and pain free. My third was not bad at all, I just had back labor because he was posterior.