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I am 38 weeks and I am horrified about labor..what is it like..REALLY?

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Get the epidural. it hurts going in but it is worth it. expect whoever you go in with to be annoying. They try to be helpful, but they are just as scared/excited as you are. As soon as you lay eyes on the baby, you'll forget about the pain.
I was also very nervous about the delivery. To be honest, it wasn't as bad as some people make it out to be. Granted, every delivery is different. It was horribly painful until I got the epidural, (I strongly suggest getting it). Then it wasn't that bad at all. I dialated quickly from a 4 to a 9 in an hour and a half and once I hit 10. I only had to push for 20 minutes. They did have to cut me a little which hurt pretty bad after the epidural wore off, and that took a while to heal. Over all it really was hard but an awesome experience. Truly a day you will never forget.
I was also very very afraid of delivery, it was awesome, I loved every minute of ir as weird as that may sound. Just relax the thing that hurt the most was when they gave me the epidural. My advice is after the epidural wears off get up and walk around if you can it will make you feel good, I walked around with my baby in the crib.  I'm now 28 weeks pregnant wwith my second and yes I'm even nervous with this one too. I think it's just a natural thing to be neevous...I wish you the best of luck, hold onto that baby tight, they grow really really fast :-(
I did not have the epidural with either of mine. I asked for it with my daughter but I was at 10 and my midwife informed me "everyone wants one when going through transition" I knew for my second labor that I went quick and it hurt but it hurt less this time and I think that was I knew what was coming. I could of been the only one in the room and not cared a bit. I center on myself and my body and that helps me deal with the pain. But you have to find what works for you. With my daughter I tore straight through and I thought it was going to hurt but it didn't. With my son they tried to slow me down to stretch out that area but I still tore a little. It would of been fine but I got a cronic cough a week after delivery and it hurt so bad every time I had a coughing fit.I can say do not go in there expecting anything. I asked when I got to the hospital with my daughter how long. I was 4 cm and the midwife said 1cm an hour is the average. I was holding my daughter 3 hours later. With my son I got to the hospital was 5 cm and holding my son an hour later which was faster then I thought. When I felt pressure 20 minutes after they checked and they said I may be close to pushing I did not believe them.  I had a friend she was 4 cm the week before she went into labor her labor lasted 15 hours. So just go in there and listen to your body.
i sugget u not to take the epidorl i have many friends that didnt and now suffer from back pain and its even worst in the winter. am not going to tell u that is not painfull  cause it hurts as hell but believe it wordth it .
I felt the same way, horrified wasn't even enough to describe how I felt. I was induced at 38 weeks do to complications. After about an hour I had back to back contractions, which lasted for about another nine hours before I was rushed in for an emergency c-section. Contractions hurt, a lot. But I am a firm believer that it's a lot of mind over matter. I never took any sort of lamaze classes, but I was already aware of relaxation breathing techniques. They definitely helped me a lot. I sort of blocked everything out and focused on nothing but my breathing. I wanted to try to avoid an epidural, but was willing to give into the idea if the pain became unmanageable. However, I did get a spinal block for my c-section and I now have back/leg pain. They pinched my syatic (spelling?) nerve when they did it and not I get sharp shooting pain from my lower back, down my left leg, all the way into my toes. I don't say this to scare you but it's something to consider before hand, because when you are in the midst of labor pains you aren't really in much condition to be paying attention to the side effects of the epidural. Best of luck to you!

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