"a human body can bear up to only 45 del (unit) of pain. but at the time of giving birth, a woman feels up to 57 del of pain. this is similar to twenty bones being fractured at the same time."
woah. i don't know how accurate that actually is because the original source is unknown, but the point is, childbirth is painful. so what i want to ask all you parents and future parents (ok, mainly just moms and future moms), is how did you deal/how do you plan to deal with the pain of childbirth? did/do you plan to take classes to help prep you for labor? if you did, did they help? did/do you plan to get an epidural? why/why not? some people (my sister) have told me that they got an epidural, but still felt pain, mainly when the baby was entering the birth canal. also, do you think the pain was as bad as twenty bones breaking simultaneously?!
i'll tell you my experience, and what i think after the jump...(click below)
throughout my entire pregnancy, i planned on having an all-natural birth. like, i really did not want to get an epidural. steve and i were both just sort of scared of the whole idea (steve especially). but after ten hours of labor, i finally broke down and got an epidural. in fact, it was actually steve who called the nurse in and told her to get the anesthesiologist. i think seeing me in so much pain was extremely stressful for steve. once it kicked in, i felt great. like, seriously, i turned on the tv, watched clean house, sucked on otter pops, cracked jokes, was actually coherent...whereas before that, i was just sort of moaning and grovelling in my hospital bed (not to mention puking). i will say though, that actually getting it put in still freaked me out, because they tell you to hold still and not move a muscle, which is extremely hard to do if you're experiencing an especially painful contraction. but once that part was over, i was dandy. at first, i was sort of disappointed in myself for not going all-natural. one, because i had planned on not getting an epidural, and two, because when i got it put in, i felt like i could have stood the pain for a little longer. but if i had waited any longer, it would have been too late if i decided i wanted it later on. in the end i was happy with my decision and no matter what i had chosen to do (and i think all moms would agree with me here), it was all worth it.
anyway, all that being said, i'm not entirely sure if i'll get an epidural next time. what do you think? do you agree with the quote at the beginning? dads...what's your opinion? was it stressful to see your wife go through that pain? steve said the hardest part was that he just felt helpless. similar feelings? i want to know!
p.s. the full birth story here