yeah, not wishing to turn this into the 'how much it hurts/doesn't hurt to have a small person come out of your ladybits'
discussion- cos i bet thats the last
thing the OP wants to read about now, but my mother has always
rolled her eyes at the drama whenever someone has been dramatised or filmed having a baby on tv- she said it really wasn't that bad at all
for her... she wouldn't do it every day for fun or anything, but the screaming was completely over the top compared to her experience- she had both me and my brother (seperately) in under 3 hours start to finish, no epidural or stuff like that, no screaming, and was pottering about just fine within a few days- and she's only a teeny tiny lady and we were big solid babies (i was about a month late, too!
a close friend of mine clearly didn't have the same experience going from how she tells it, but you know what? she, along with many many
other women did go on to have additional children, by choice, and deliver vaginally, by choice, so it must
be tollerable as far as temporary discomfort or pain goes ......otherwise they'd never uncross their legs again and would electrify the crotch of their knickers just incase someone got too close.
and melanie has a point. i take decently strong painkillers for my monthly fun, if i can hack that for lets see now... works out to about 750 days of cramps so far.... yeah. and
i don't even get a little cuddly cute reward after my 3 days of crippling mangled gut-regions- at least with labour there is an incentive....