For someone who is NOT pregnant (and doesn’t plan on it anytime soon) I spend an inordinate amount of time thinking about giving birth.
What will it feel like? What will I see? What are the strongest drugs I can procure? What if I *gasp* tear down there?
I figure for women who actually are growing a real live human being in their womb, the fear must be magnified to the point where they simply cross their legs and say, ‘not today!’
So being the intrepid journalist I am, I went out in search of some mums who could share what birth REALLY feels like.
LISTEN: Bec Judd shares her own birth experience on the Hello Bump podcast.
Here’s what these wise women had to say…
“My body went into primitive mode and I couldn’t control anything, the contractions were so involuntary they just took over my entire body and I could do nothing about it except ride it out.” – Saengtip
“To steal a line from Johnny Cash, it feels like ‘a ring of fire.'” – Laura
“It’s confronting, transforming, exceptionally painful and two days of my life I wish I could live again.” – Holly
“I was really hurling and on the second hurl I felt a ‘pop’ between my legs.” – Anon
“The contractions felt like heavy period pains and got steadily worse, until all of a sudden I felt like I needed to push.” – Jessica
“It was short and intense, I ordered the epidural after 30 contractions, I was like, ‘this is disgusting, I hate this pain.'” – Tiffiny Hall
“It was really beautiful and empowering, I felt so strong.” – Cindy
“It should have been really scary but I felt so safe and I felt so supported.” – Kate
“I felt like I was drunk, the world never stopped spinning.” – Anon