Oh, the pain

Posted on: May 25, 2011

Here is what I was originally going to post yesterday.  You know, before my traumatic baby head injury occurred.   This is a continuation of last weeks’ things I learned about labor and childbirth.

1).  PAIN!!!! – We all know labor is painful and exhausting.  It wouldn’t be called “labor” if that wasn’t the case.  But, until you get there, you don’t know just how painful.  The instructor of my childbirth class said that since I had experienced a kidney stone, I could handle contractions.  HA!  She was WRONG!  Perhaps I just have a low pain tolerance, but then again, there is a reason a very intelligent brilliant person invented the Epidural.  Of course, I ended up in the small percentage of women who get an Epidural but still end up feeling some pain. But, that’s a story for another day.

2).  I’m starving! When do I eat? –  When you are in labor, you aren’t allowed to eat anything.  Now, this is for a good reason.  If you eat during labor, it’s highly possible you could vomit. Especially while you’re pushing. So, nurses and doctors encourage you to refrain from eating.  You would think the excruciating contraction pain would be enough to distract you from the fact that you haven’t eaten for hours on end.  No, not so.  I just remember being SO HUNGRY. I was sucking down popsicles, ice chips and preggie pops like it was nobody’s business.  But, after a while, you can’t even have any of those anymore.  After the baby was born, I was cleaned up, my husband and I had a few moments with our little bundle of joy, the first thing I asked the nurse was, “when can I eat”?  yeah, I was that hungry…19hours people…19 hours….

3).  Oh, the exhaustion – Yes, yes, labor is VERY tiring.  But, it’s the same as with the pain, you just don’t understand until you’re there just how exhausting it is.  Of course, having doctors and nurses constantly in and out of your room preventing you from getting any kind of sleep while in labor doesn’t help either.  Then, it comes time to push.  I was pooped after the first two pushes!  I didn’t think I was going to make it. You know all those countless number of movies where the woman in labor says, “I can’t do this” and the husband lovingly encourages her, “yes you can honey”?  Well, that’s pretty accurate.  It is overwhelmingly exhausting.  Thank God I only had to push for 45 minutes.  The poor woman in the room next to me had to push for 3 hours!  I can’t even begin to imagine…….

2 Responses to "Oh, the pain"

Thanks for posting the rest…I was wondering when you were going to talk about this LOL! I had almost the same labor you did, the epi not working all the way, the loooooong labor, the eating thing (I asked if I could have something to eat and the nurse snuck me some packages of crackers!) and the exhaustion! BUT, maybe I was that woman next door to you b/c I was pushing for almost 3 hours! Yikes! In the end, all that is pushed aside when you see your baby!

You’re welcome! Yeah, it’s quite an experience. LOL At one point, the nurse gave me some jello-o but it was disgusting so I ended up giving it to Tim. Made me even more frustrated that I couldn’t eat. LIke you said though, it’s all worth it in the end. If it wasn’t, women wouldn’t keep doing it over and over again.

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