For people who are male and women who have not yet gone through pregnancy, you may see it like a stage where a woman is at its peak. They have that b
For people who are male and women who have not yet gone through pregnancy, you may see it like a stage where a woman is at its peak. They have that beautiful glow about them as they gaze happily at their bloated bellies. It’s a time where a woman would be proud of a large belly and huge breasts. Well, be ready to get that illusion ruined because the truth is, pregnancy is hard.
As if 9 months of cramps, mood swings, swollen feet, back ache and itching was not enough, the delivery itself is the final shot of pain. Unfortunately, the pain increases as the delivery nears and if you’ve seen a movie where a woman gives birth, that scream of pain is kind of accurate. If it’s your first pregnancy, do not be scared. Women are made to endure all the things they have to go through when pregnant. To help you have an idea of what labor pain is really like, smart parenting has asked moms in their facebook group to describe the pain other than the word, “masakit”.
“A thousand times dysmenorrhea!” – Diane dela Rosa, mom of a 1 year old.
“Parang mamamatay ka na. Parang lalabas yung lahat ng laman loob mo.” – Berns Lazo, mom of three.
“The contractions were tolerable. Parang kinukuryente ng light, yung ngimay kuryente type. The contractions plus dilation were a whole different story. Parang LBM na menstrual cramping na na-food poison.” — Juno Ang Cordero, mom of one.
“Just like really terrible dysmenorrhea, only it spreads from lower navel to above belly button, and it only happens every few minutes like clockwork. The wait between contractions makes things even worse, because you brace for pain when there’s no pain, and you wait for peace when there’s pain. Crazy.”
— Ethel Uy, mom of one.
“Halos half day na magmula nung nagbreak water bag ko bago ako naglabor pains. Parang binabali yung likod ko. Yung tipong pinahiga ka tapos binabali likod mo.” — Rayzy Nufable, mom of two
“[It’s like] ten kids stepping on your back plus menstrual cramps plus LBM plus tension headaches and a bad toothache!” — Sunshine SG, mom to a 1 year old.
Giving birth is really a miracle to behold, the pain that women had to endure is amazing, and not to mention the 8 pound baby they carried to term! There are also moms who was expecting a normal delivery but had to have emergency CS.
Bless Mandapat, a mother of one and had to have emergency CS to deliver her baby. “Contractions were like your worst dysmenorrhea. [It] felt like a wound that’s repeatedly cut with a burning sensation, and you just want the baby out so for the contractions to stop. I had epidural when I couldn’t take it anymore, which made it bearable. But the dilation didn’t progress any further so naging emergency CS na. I think the same ang sakit labor contractions sa first poop and ihi after delivery.”
Bea Patricia Jalandoni, who labored for 22 hours but delivered son Frederick Johann (now 1 year old) via emergency CS. She shares, “Almost the same feeling as LBM, but bolder, and not the ‘sharp’ kind of pain. [Contractions] became frequent and more like ‘sinasapak from within’ with a full fist. Another similar feeling would be the first hard mid-center pull when having a Brazilian wax pero paulit-ulit.”
Jane Bodiola, is a mother of an 11-year old daughter, Grane, and 4-year old son, Gane. She also shared her experience, “A pain you want to end! Kahit normal delivery ka, gusto mong mag-CS na to end the pain. Kahit sabihin na wag mo muna iiri, iiri ka ng iiri kasi ang gusto mo mailabas mo na para matapos na ang sakit. Not a tolerable pain. Pinakamatinding pain na na-experienced ko in my whole life.”
It just goes to show how unpredictable it can be! Whether CS or Normal delivery, there is still a feeling of pain. No doubt giving birth is a painful experience, but some moms got even more creative.
Chestyne Norellie Calzada, is a mother of a 9 months old baby, Alliejandra Loise. She says, “Parang mahahati sa dalawa katawan ko dahil sa pain. Taas lahat ng buhok ko sa katawan kada hihilab.”
Shelle P. Reyes, mother of one, also shared, “Parang may tali na nakapalibot sa tiyan ko na minuminuto humihigpit, pasikip ng pasikip. Sobrang sakit sabayan pa ng hilab na para kang may diarrhea.”
Joarlyn M. Espiritu, who was in labor for 28 hours and delivered daughter – Sunny (now 9 months old) – via induced normal delivery. She shared, “Yung manlilisik mata mo sa asawa mo sa sakit.”
Cee Tee, who recently gave birth to her son Uriel Sebastian last June, shared, “Yung feeling na ‘gusto mo ng mag-transform’ at dahil sa sobrang sakit, tatlong beses mong natanggal ung bakal ng higaan mo sa labor room.”
WORTH THE PAIN
Pregnancy varies from one woman to another and also if it’s your first pregnancy or second. But one thing is for sure, it was worth the pain. There is also an option for painless childbirth but it is best to consult your doctor first. Pregnant women with certain conditions are allowed while some are not. It is best to discuss birth plans early on.
It is a life-altering experience indeed and if it takes 9 months’ worth of agony to have a little bundle of joy then mothers would gladly go through with it. So love your moms, cherish them and show them how much they mean to you because getting you here is not a walk in the park.