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61 is right about the complications. I had a friend once you was into her third trimester when she learned of some severe developmental problems, and she had to decide between an abortion and a child with special needs. Late abortions are possible, but only under certain circumstances.
80 - That might apply just to males, not to both sexes. I could be wrong, but I imagine passing a kidney stone doesn't feel like breaking 20 bones... On a related note, I've heard somewhere that the closest a guy can feel to labor pains is that pain he gets when kicked in the gonads. True??
OP it really just depends on how you think it is going to be. Some women say it hurts like hell and some say it was bearable. If you go into the hospital thinking your going to go through the worst pain of your life then that is what you're going to experience. I gave birth to an eight and a half pound baby at 5'3 105lbs pre-pregnancy and for me it wasn't that bad. My labor only lasted four hours and I was induced. He had the cord wrapped around his neck which is common. When it was all over I actually wished it lasted longer then it did, maybe it will with my second lol. My friend didn't do as much as I did to prepare her body for labor and was going in expecting something awful, she already knew she wanted the epidural. She labored for 18+hours and ended up needing a c-section. It may sound really stupid but trust me it really matters how you look at things. It won't last that long and your beautiful baby will be so worth it!! Just keep thinking about what s/he is going too look like, how big, what color of hair if any, chubby or not/ eye color: what s/he will sound like, if they are going to cry right when they are born or not. It will fly by and before you know it the nurse will be telling you that you're ready to push!! Oh and when you do push it's not really like pushing a poo out it's like doing a sit up or a cannon ball
Abortion for your own selfishness is wrong, and I'll just leave it at that. And it is said that passing a kidney stone, is second to giving birth. A kick in the groin might bring a guy down, but don't compare it to birth. As for what your sister says, don't listen, thats what an epidural is for.
That study was probably done by a man who, like all men, are incapable of having a child. I've had 2 kidney stones and a 7lb 7oz baby with an epidural. The 6 hours before the epidural that I was in a force labor were the most painful hours of my life. I've fallen out of a moving car, had two broken bones, and have fallen down a flight of stairs and landed on my face... Still no comparison to the pain of contractions and a thining cervix
Just take the drugs when they offer them, the epidural may hurt at first but it's so worth it
Had two epidurals. Didn't feel a thing. The only part that hurt was when they ripped the tape off afterwards ha. It's not that bad, I've had two kids and it was easy. Second one wasn't as fun bc I woke up at 2-3am with horrible contractions. Not gunna lie, that shit HURTS. Get the epidural and you'll have NO problems :]
I had an epidural and it slowed my labor. I was having contractions for 17 fucking hours and they had to give me ephedrine twice to speed my heart back up to a safe speed... Second baby I had no epidural, contractions for 3 hours, pushed for less than 10 minutes and healed faster after... This was at a GOOD hospital
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but most women forget it soon afterwards. those who don't get no second children and die out in a slow, evolutionary process. if this thought is no consolation, then nothing will be.
Your first point is true. The memory of the full extent of the pain is dulled; it's a documented fact you can look up. But even women who go through it and know that the pain is extremely bad still often have second children. Especially back when birth control options were much less effective. But OP, you can take some comfort in the fact that the experience is different for everyone, people have different levels of pain tolerance, and modern drugs are a huge help.
I've always thought about it as "If that many other woman can do it, and still live, then it can't be that bad." I'm not denying that it's painful, I'm just saying that if it was truly unbearable, women wouldn't go through with it. I've never had children, though, so I can't say for sure.
15, I didn't understand that when I was pregnant. My daughter was born via c-sec due to complications after I'd been in labor for 18 hours with only 2 hours under an epi. The only pain I remember is the recovery from the c-sec. It's mostly scary because it's unknown.
Nowadays, if you let yourself recover enough between having children, you may be able to have a baby naturally even after having a c-section. Giving birth scares me, though. I've had to watch a few videos in college... And every time I tense up, and basically hyperventilate/want to throw up.
Wow, there is always so much misinformation strewn about in these medical-related FMLs. Hooboy, where to start? Cheesecakee - you can indeed request a C-section. bananabuttercup - you can still do vaginal delivery after a C-section. Google "VBAC" if you want to know more.
Caesarian usually has a longer recovery process and is way more painful AFTER the baby is out than the process of vaginal delivery whereas the pain is during labor and you recover pretty damn fast. Women survived childbirth for centuries, we're still here;) OP, don't you worry, once that little bundle of joy is in your arms, you'll see that the hard work and pain was worth it :)
You let one bone in and then it feels like breaking 20? That's some return on investment! Did your sister also read how many broken bones it feels like to send said child to college? Even a state school must feel like getting kneecapped and a crushed skull.