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Positive Pain?

Reading Carrie’s journal today makes me anxious and scared. I’ve had several dreams about being pregnant lately, and while I know its NOT true, I am still anxious. I have always been scared of the pain of childbirth. No matter how many times my mom says that my birth was easy, I can’t forget the other friends who have said otherwise. I never have dealt well with pain, that’s the truth; my wisdom teeth is a prime example for that. So how will I ever make it through having a baby? But I see babies and children and I can’t imagine not having the joy of a childs laughter in my home; seeing Eric hold and play with them, being able to learn from the growth that each of them will go through - in the good stages and the terrible twos smile
But it doesn’t stop me from being scared.
*sigh* You’d think I’m a grownup now. I’m almost 25, for goodness sakes. I should have grown out of this fear!

So there ya go, you see my reflection to Carrie’s positiveness. Her calm should inspire me. Maybe it will someday, when I look back...


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Epidural. It’s all you need, baby. smile

I agree. Epidural. And don’t let anyone tell you that you should endure the pain of childbirth like a tough little soldier.

The pain is real. I will assure you that. But, and here’s where people think I’m nuts. Having one child with an epidural and then the second with no meds at all. I would in a heart beat take the second way again. For me the epidural just didn’t work well.. oh it took away the pain, but I wasn’t able to do what I needed. It took me 9 hours to meet my Julia. I was miserable. When I had Justin , it hurt yes, but as soon as he was there, it was like a cloud lifted and I didn’t think one thing about the pain anymore, and the delivery went much quicker too, in 2 hours. I know what your thinking, you hear about all the pain and it is scary to hear about, but it seems that when you get closer and closer to the due date, those thoughts do subside and you are so anxious to meet that new little bundle the pain is just a lost memory. It’s an amazing time and a wealth of emotions will overcome everyone. Try not to let the stories scare you as everyone is different smile

Wow! Just another way we are similar. smile

One other thing to remember is this - it’s one day out of your entire life. Sure, it’ll hurt, but just that one day. The next day, you’ll be holding a beautiful, sweet smelling little baby.

Wow. I am so lucky to have such a nice group of friends. I knew all of my mommies-friends would have reassuring words, each in your own way. I’m definately liking the idea of a epidural; my mom is/was very into natural birth, so I’ll have a lecture on that when it gets to time to decide what will happen.

Oops...I forgot to mention. My little Jean-Denis came in just a few hours. I went to maternity at 11:00 p.m. and gave birth at 3:50 a.m. The first few hours were uncomfortable, but after I was given the epidural and a bit of oxygen (the contractions without pain relief had really tired me out) I felt like I could run laps around the place, I swear. What a beautiful experience the whole thing was...I didn’t get to sleep until 5:00 p.m. the next day!

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