“What was it like?” This is a question I have been asked a lot since I gave birth to my daughter (still feels weird saying that) Aoife, especially from my friends that are yet to have children. I’ve also been told I was lucky quite a few times, as the birth I had was quick and easy (this is mainly according to family and friends that have had children).
I will make this short and sweet because some details could make expectant mothers feel uneasy, also I don’t want to ruin the element of surprise that comes with childbirth.
Firstly, as a disclaimer I will say every woman’s birth story is different. Some people say it is horrible, some woman go through it just the once, and some woman will go on to have multiple births. For me personally, the contractions were the worst part of labour, not the pushing. I found that when it came to pushing I was really just excited about meeting my daughter! (Plus I had a very firm grip on the gas and air by the time I was pushing). Yeah, the contractions were definitely the worst part of my labour, especially as I went from 0-10cm, from my first examination to my second, in 7 hours on just paracetamol and codeine!
Anyway all in all I would go through it all again to have my little girl with me. I also could not have got through it without my partner, my mum and the midwives! They were incredible throughout the whole experience.
What was your experience of birth the first time around?