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As some of you may have noticed from other posts I am looking at 25 days until my "due date"<br><br>
I'm wondering how many of you here went through labor and delivery natural (or not) and your experiences (mostly would you do it again, why and why not)..
 

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I've never had a child, but my sister has had 2 of her 4 naturally. She HIGHLY recommends it, but she's weird and I think likes the pain <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p"> She had her 2nd in a birthing center, her 4th in a tub. With natural labor/delivery, one perk is you recover a lot faster than if you have an epidural (you have possible side effects and many have extreme itchiness after getting one). Many doctors these days push meds to induce and even C-Sections (best to avoid). I've posted this before in other threads, but here is my youngest niece being born:<br><br><br><a href="http:" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UbXsSjCwwkM</a><br><br><br>
My sister said you have to change your mindset and not fear the pain, but realize that your body is taking over and doing what it does naturally. Nothing is being done <i>to</i> you. If you have any questions you want me to ask her, I can do that <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Thanks so much! I am REALLY hoping to do it natural. I wont have the tub option this time around but my Doc is super supportive of my choice. I may look you up and ask you to talk to her for me or what not soon. I know in theory that I can do it and that my body will just be doing what comes naturally but I'm worried when the big day arrives i'll panic and doubt myself
 

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Even though I'm a nurse and I can normally deal with anything icky, for some reason, I cannot deal with childbirth. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/shocked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":eek:"><br><br>
That was very difficult for me to watch but I forced myself. Your sis is a brave woman Dana, she made it look so effortless. If it was me, I'd be screaming my head off begging for the drugs. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p">
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>shortstack</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2882871"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
Thanks so much! I am REALLY hoping to do it natural. I wont have the tub option this time around but my Doc is super supportive of my choice. I may look you up and ask you to talk to her for me or what not soon. I know in theory that I can do it and that my body will just be doing what comes naturally but I'm worried when the big day arrives i'll panic and doubt myself</div>
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She is a Doula and loves answering questions, so just let me know <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> I think it's normal to panic, it's a big event, but you'll do fine. Just remember that your body is designed to do it and you can, no matter how panicked you get. Just focus on you and your baby <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"><br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
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Even though I'm a nurse and I can normally deal with anything icky, for some reason, I cannot deal with childbirth. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/shocked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":eek:"><br><br>
That was very difficult for me to watch but I forced myself. Your sis is a brave woman Dana, she made it look so effortless. If it was me, I'd be screaming my head off begging for the drugs. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p"></div>
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<br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/laugh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":lol:"> I'm weird, I can do childbirth well, but needles and blood get me (I could never be a nurse). I watched my 8 year old nephew being born, 2 feet from my sisters va-jay-jay. I saw EVERYTHING. My sister's video wasn't graphic, some vids on YouTube show everything. Personally, I would never put my vagina online <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/laugh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":lol:"> Some women use up their energy screaming, so it's best to stay calm if you can. The screaming isn't as common as tv shows and movies make it out to be (not everyone woman cusses out their partners <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p">). It's more grunting.
 

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I had a natural childbirth with my son in a hospital, not at home. I didn't really know if you meant all births or just with the midwife, etc.<br><br>
I must admit though, the natural childbirth was not by choice. They attempted to give me an epidural and it made my blood pressure drop to dangerous levels and I began to shake and have alot of issues. I just remember sleeping quite a bit and then waking up.... and feeling everything.<br><br>
As far as pain goes, yeah it's pain. The contractions are the worst of it though. Imagine period cramps intensified. The thing that really helped me was just breathing and relaxing. You have to train your mind to ignore the pain and push through the contractions.<br><br>
I wish you and baby well! :)
 

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Good luck. One way or another, the baby will come out! I did have epidurals. My first experience was so good that I opted for it again the second time. The second time it didn't work, so I ended up having a birth without meds. I have two happy healthy kiddos, and my recovery was about the same. Do what you feel good about.
 
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