Quoting xJazx:" My friend, a fellow military wife, just delivered her daughter in schweinfurt... very likely the same ... [snip!] ... I'd love to do a natural birth if I could, but being my first delivery, I can't see myself being able to handle the pain."
Its really mind over matter. The lady who delivered in the room next to be was screaming in agony but she was just making things worse for herself.
There are 3 points to a contraction. Think of it as a hill.
- When the contraction is at its lowest. You can feel it coming and climbing slowly getting to Point B -
The peak. The most intense point but doesn't last long. This is the point when you really have to breath the pain out of your body. As Point B goes down hill, you get to Point C
- the contraction coming down and you feeling relief.
You have to focus and figure out what works for you. I labored on my side while my midwife's student rocked my body back and forth. I hummed through my contractions. The vibration and the body rocking really helped me. The worst part was transitioning from 9 to 10. I had the worst pain in my butt with every contraction but that only lasted for 2 minutes before I was ready to push.