Quoting ★311161.69★:" I had people tell me I was crazy/naive for wanting to give birth without any pain relief, and asking ... [snip!] ... me and I would go through it everyday if I could, just to experience the most wonderful feeling you'll ever feel in your life."
I told lots of people that I wasn't going to have pain medication during labour before my first was born. Most of them just looked at me as though I was crazy. Some people told me that they knew others who had wonderful experiences. Some told me how awful labour was for them. I listened to everyone but I am a strange person, these stories didn't bother me. It didn't bother me that people didn't believe I could do it. I don't really care about the opinion of most people (peer pressure was never an issue for me growing up
My mom's comment was the only one that bothered me. She said "But you don't do well with pain". She was right. I have a lot of anxiety and when I do hurt myself I get very anxious and worked up. I get scared that it is something serious (a broken bone, will need surgery, etc.). However, labour and birth was different. I learned everything I could. If I became anxious about something, I stopped reading about it and looked at it again later. I talked to my midwives. By the time I was in labour and on my way to the hospital (even for the induction), I didn't feel any anxiety at all.
I wish I could go through labour again. It was amazing! However, we are happy with just two children and I would not want to go through the first half of pregnancy again (morning sickness). I didn't have any pain medication and I didn't want any (during the pushing stage of my first child's birth, I was loud and I thought to myself "So this is why so many doctors and nurses want everyone to have epidurals, they are much quieter!"
, the thought made me smile