Childbirth – Sometimes drugs are the only answer.

29 May

I had dinner last week with two women who are a few years younger than I am, both single and without kids. After a couple drinks the woman who I had just met that night through my other friend looked at me point blank and confessed, “My biggest fear in life is childbirth, how did you do it three times?!?!”

It’s funny, before I had children I remember being terrified of childbirth too. The thought of being out of control and without the ability to turn back. The concept that once I was pregnant the only way to get that baby out was to deliver it, horrified me. Today, as a woman who has delivered 3 children, I can honestly say it wasn’t that bad. I would also like to say, why the hell didn’t anyone tell me that it wasn’t going to be that bad?!

For those of you that read my blog and have not had kids yet, I would like to take this opportunity to ease your mind so listen up:

If you get an epidural to help with the pain during childbirth, it doesn’t hurt that bad!

It’s uncomfortable, exhausting, frustrating and at times annoying. Having Velcro monitors wrapped around your enormous swollen itchy belly that beep every time your move, is not fun. Having people stick things in your vagina while a 7 pound object is trying to descend out of said vagina, also not fun. Having your family squeeze clown car style into a hospital room just to stare at the freak show you have become, totally not fun. But, I promise you none of this is excruciating or horrifically painful.

Now, all that being said, if you choose to be a much braver person than I am and forego the epidural then you are on your own girlfriend. All I know is that with my first I tried to go as long as I could without getting one. They told me in birthing class that I should try to see how far I can go naturally. By the time I caved in and the anesthesiologist was paged, I was hunched over sobbing, muttering over and over, “Why isn’t he coming? What if he never comes? Why isn’t he here yet? Why is he doing this to me? Why isn’t he coming?” he finally arrived and I’m pretty sure that I told him that he as the love of my life. At that moment, he really was.

By the time I arrived at the hospital to deliver my second and third children, the scenario was a little bit different. We parked, I checked in, and I immediately requested my epidural and any and all allowed drugs.

So what’s the moral of the story? Don’t be scared to have kids because of giving birth. I assure you that everything that happens after you bring the baby home is much more terrifying.

Those of you that disagree with me – feel free to pipe in in the comments section. Those of you that gave birth in your backyard in a blow up pool and think I am evil for promoting the use of a hospital and drugs during labor, I look forward to reading your emails privately later this evening.

xoxo

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3 Responses to “Childbirth – Sometimes drugs are the only answer.”

  1. Marni May 29, 2013 at 6:09 pm #

    I loved the drugs while giving birth. I always hear of the women who didn’t use drugs and how hard it was and I am like what’s wrong with you. They have the drugs for a reason. They make it easy and not painful at all. It’s just uncomfortable. I recommend the drugs to anyone giving birth. Like you I went in for my second and before filling any papers out I said send me the anesthesiologist. With my first I told the doctor he was my hero and I’m in love with him. So moral of the story take the drugs, you don’t get any medals by enduring the pain. But that’s just my opinion.

    • 90210mom May 29, 2013 at 6:12 pm #

      I hear ya girl! By the time you go for a third kid you will ask to be sedated in your sixth month of pregnancy. xo

  2. jp May 30, 2013 at 7:42 am #

    It is not constant pain. It starts and stops and gradually builds until the very end. I was expecting such terrible pain that when I was in labor for hours I wasn’t quite sure if this was it. After about 8 hours I decided it was time to go to the hospital. They had to slow me down to give my Dr. time to get there. What I remember…it was July and the new interns had just started. None were able to do an i.v. My Dr. said…where is the i.v. ? I never had one. It is worth everything and anything to have your wonderful child ( might take about 30 years to decide that one).

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