birth labour

Labour – it must be bearable… How do you distinguish between a rational thought and ‘kidding yourself’ when you feel a bit too positive about something? This is the question I’ve been asking myself for the last couple of weeks with regards to labour. I’m simply of the mindset that if people have been doing it all this time and continue to do it multiple times, it can’t be that bad! I realise it’s really bad, but not as one would perhaps fear. Am I setting myself up for a massive shock? I’m starting to think the same around caring for a baby… I’ll totally still be able to do all the things I do now… I think that will be a definite shock. I don’t know the answers yet.

Gallstones vs Labour

My biggest logical thought in the pain element comes from the fact that I suffered from gallstones when I was younger and have experienced so much pain with other conditions since. Gallstones were the most painful thing I’ve ever had to endure to date. There was one time where I was hitting my head against a wall to see if I could trick my body into diverting the pain away from my middle. It was a constant pain that lasted from 20 mins to a few hours depending on the severity of the attack. My prescribed strong painkillers sometimes didn’t even touch it.

Upon doing some research (mumsnet) I’ve been reading some interesting views in comparing the two pains. It’s interesting to see that most if not all people commenting on the comparison would give birth any day over the pain of gallstones. See for yourself (Gallstones and labour on mumsnet).

It was a long time ago (17 years) since I had them and I hope that it hasn’t dulled my senses that I’ll find it unbearable…

Am I kidding myself?

I honestly don’t know. I seem to have developed an air of extreme positivity about the whole thing. I’m unfazed by anything at the moment and even have accepted that caring for newborns is hard but I will be fine.

You tell me: Am I, in actual fact, utterly delusional?

K x

Alberto Perra and Angela Giusti [GFDL or CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons