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I truly wish you the best of luck. I am not at all trying to scare you TRUST ME. I have one daughter, whom I was in labor with for 33 1/2 hours,thanks to the epidural. When I did feel the pain, I just thought to myself........ almost ever woman in the world does it, "I can do it", and the pain does go way right after, and you finally have your bundle of joy you have waited for, for months now. It can be scary, remember to just relax, the more relaxed you are the easier it will be. Have your nurses/midwife, keep a cool rag on your face to cool you down when sweating. I wish the best to you, I will never forget my moment,it has been 3 years already and still feels like only yesterday. One of the greatest gifts you could ever receive!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Answerok well this is only what I've read, not from personal experience...

1st of all the birthing position the hospitals use is only helpful for the doctorsl, it is the least effective and most dangerous. It is best to use a position in which you work with gravity not against it. Which makes the pushing easier on you and therefore makes the delivery easier.

2nd...waterbirth is very safe and very soothing...it helps support your body because of the buoyancy provided by the water. It also helps the skin around the vagina stretch instead of tearing or cutting. It may still tear but it lowers the chances. Also warm water can make you relax more and if you are more relaxed the delivery will be easier.

3rd...if your significant other or midwife or doctor massages the skin between your vagina and "butthole". This can make it more likely to stretch instead of tear.

4th...which I'm interested in is delivering at home. If you have a healthy pregnancy there is no reason you should not be able to have the baby at home. If you are in the comfort of your own home with a midwife, you should be much more comfortable then in a hospital. Also some midwives can administer drugs that can ease the pain...as the hospital would.

5th...things such as pregnancy balls, pregnancy stools etc can be helpful. Walking during the transition phase of pregnancy can also speed it up which will make your delivery much quicker...

as i said this is all from reading not my own experience...best of luck

AnswerI had a 17 hour labour and only had 1/2 strength gas. I don't like the idea of a pethidine shot because it can have the same effect on the baby. I couldn't have an epidural because of surgery I have had in the lower back region. I was sucking in the gas like nothing else. It didn't really work FOR ME! A hot shower never worked FOR ME! My friend was saying that if I have gas this time, that the midwives told her that just as you get the tingling of the contraction, take a couple of breaths of gas slowly and this should take that edge off. It worked for her. She also had hot baths all the way through labour. I am due in 4 days and when I go into labour, I am going to try these methods. The midwives should help you through it. Hot showers could work for you, a TENS machine may work as well. We are all different. Try anything and everything that you are comfortable with. Just remember the magic at the end of it. Most importantly, I know it is hard not to be sometimes, but don't be scared. Pushing actually feels really good and feels natural. That's the easy part. AnswerHaving been through quite a few labors I have found that the things which helped varied every single time so it's good to have a range of helps on hand.I found a TENS machine which I hired from a physiotherapist who specializes in childbirth helped the most although less effective at the very end. You stick electrodes at different points on your back and have control over the amount of charge that you receive. If you practice before with it you will wonder how you'll even cope with the low level but believe me at the end of your labor even the top level won't pack a punch!

Having a supportive friend helps more than you can imagine - especially if it's someone who has been through labor before. There can be quite a lot of work involved in supporting a laboring woman so it can give the baby's dad a break without leaving you unsupported which can affect your pain levels.

Hot packs have also helped me and you may need several decent sized ones as the pain can occur in a number of areas. Showers helped at times but at others they made me feel claustrophobic.

Physical activity can also help your coping levels. If you can walking helps but you don't always feel up to it. Even movements like hitting something (preferably not your support people!) can reduce the way your body perceives pain. It sounds odd but when you're in the thick of it it makes more sense. It's a similar thing with making heaps of noise!

To a large degree the type of staff you end up with affect how comfortable you feel. That's where your support people can help because they can stand up for you at a time when you aren't at your most assertive. If you don't want to lie down for a examination then don't unless they can give you a very good reason why you should. Often it's because it's easier for them but it's YOU and the baby that matter here. Be sensitive though to emergency situations where this may not be appropriate.

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Dont let everyone tell you scary Horror stories about labor. Escpecially if its your firt child. Yes, it hurts, but once you see your baby all that pain goes away. I've ad two kids and neither one of them was anything that people told me. My first child was 5lbs 7oz and I had 30 minutes labor :) My second child, I ha 10 minutes labor and delivered in my car on the way to the hospital and he weighed 7lbs 7oz. So not everyone has a horrible experience of pain and unless you're in labor for a LOT of hours, you should do it all natural, no drugs for the "real" experience of bringing a life into this world. But what helped me for my first child was focusing on one object or person during the contractions and breathing. Not "screaming", this just makes the pain worse, and makes you look bad to the other patients. Good luck and just remember that not everyone is the same, you may handle it better that someone else.

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