>> Friday, January 20, 2012
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I have two birth stories, and they are both completely different, in every way. I won't go into all the details, but with my firstborn, I had an epidural. There was never any doubt in my mind that that's what I was going to do. I remember so clearly being in the hospital room while I was in labor and hearing the woman in the room next door screaming like crazy. I felt embarrassed for her. I vowed that I would never, ever scream during childbirth.
My birth experience with the epidural turned out to not be a good one. The epidural didn't completely take on one side and I was in so much pain. So fast forward a couple years, when I'm pregnant with my second, and I decided I wasn't going to get an epidural. Why face my massive fear of needles all over again for something that won't even work right and leaves me in more pain?
But I was nervous. Could I actually handle the pain? And would I actually know what to do? Even though I'd given birth before, it's like I'd forgotten how it goes and didn't know if I'd remember how to push, etc.
I wish I had known that my body would take over and I had no need to worry about anything. I kid you not, my body knew what to do, and guided me through it. All the worry about wondering if I'd know what to do was pointless. And...I screamed. A lot. A very embarrassing amount. And guess what. I don't care, because like I said, my body took over, and apparently that's what I needed to do to work through the pain.
So if you are worried at all about the birth experience, don't worry, and know that your body will take control and you will get through it!