Need advice...How do you not tense up?
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|Mon, 05-14-2007 - 10:33am|
I just found this board and thought it would be a good place to ask for some adivce.
I'm 36 weeks pregnant due June 12, and I'm really hoping for a totally unmedicated birth this time around.
With my first, I was in labor about 6 hours, pushed about ten minutes, but the pain was so intense that I ended up hyperventilating through every contraction and they gave me 2-3 shots of some sort of IV drug. It didn't help with the pain at all, it just made me pass out and feel loopy.
With my second, I was in labor for about three hours before I just went for the epidural. It worked perfectly, but I wish I wouldn't have gotten it because it'll be so much harder this time knowing that's out there.
My problem is that there is only about 1-2 hour worth of "managable" contractions. After that they come fast and furious for five hours with only a few minutes in between for that whole time.
And while I know it's the worst possible thing to do-I tense up my whole body--every single muscle during the pain. I even noticed myself doing it when I have to have blood drawn or an internal. I just tense up. I'm not sure how to not do it, especially during a contraction. What's worse, is the tensing up usually leads to me hyperventilating or going numb.
Dh and I went through the hospital birthing class, and I've read countless books about how to help manage the pain of labor, but nothing seems to help or stick when the labor actually starts. It just hurts too much!
Does anyone have any advice or stories for how they managed the pain that could help me?
(sorry if this is a redundant question that is asked a lot here)