Posted: Nov 8, 2006 11:55 pm
Well, different strokes for different folks. And yes, it's extremely intense. And I do believe there's such a thing as different pain thresholds.
All I know is that it was extremely painful and scary for me all three times. I tried like hell not to have an epidural the last time because I have permanent nerve damage from one of them, but that didn't happen because Jack was "stuck" and they thought they'd have to do a Ceasarean.
My experience was that "the miracle of birth" was indeed a miracle. And, I wish to god someone had told me the first time that it hurt like motherfucking hell.
There is that thing, though...you really can't remember how much it hurts after it's over. And, of course, if you have an epidural and drugs it really doesn't hurt that much. It is pretty scary having a needle thrust into your spinal cord, though.
I also had to have a needle thrust into my abdomen for one of those tests. Like, a big long needle put through your stomach for genetic testing. No drugs...nothing. Boy, that was fun, too.
Anyway, sorry about all this, Wendy C. Best wishes and congratulations!!