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>Modern proverbs – you really do forget that labour hurts

>Yup, the mind can play cruel tricks on you and make you think that actually labour wasn’t all that bad and you’ll be ok next time.

I’d just like to mention that it hurts … a lot … and I’d like you all to remind me of that in about 6 months time when I start feeling broody again.
And yes, I did spend my entire labour saying ‘I don’t remember it hurting this much’ to the amusement of Mr Muddling who seemed to think it appropriate to say that it was all rather familiar to him. Hahaha

A proverb (from the Latin proverbium), also called a byword ornayword, is a simple and concrete saying popularly known and repeated which expresses a truth, based on common sense or the practical experience of humanity.
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10 comments to >Modern proverbs – you really do forget that labour hurts

  • Working Mum

    >I have never forgotten, hence my daughter is an only child!

  • whistlejacket

    >I know what you mean! As I gave birth to my second I realised I'd forgotten how painful it was. And then I thought 'never, never, never again'. Oh well, it's only a few hours of pain in a liftime (!)

  • cartside

    >I beg to differ, I remember exactly when the pain got unbearable and my natural birth plan went out of the pool (for lack of a window) in the space of 5 minutes. However, at that point I also was heard to have said that the first 28 hours of labour had been very doable. The last 4 were, well, hm, rather bad.

  • Gorilla Bananas

    >It's the big head of the human baby that causes the problem. I would guess that the pain eases a lot after the head's popped out.

  • solveig

    >I really do think my second labour was much more painful my first. I know the first one did hurt a lot, but with my second I still remember feeling quite overwhelmed by the pain.

    It was a much shorter labour – about 4 hours – and afterwards I said to a midwife that I didn't understand why everyone says second labours are shorter and easier. She replied that actually they were usually shorter (hence the 'easier' tag being applied) but often more intense because the contractions are stronger (which makes it shorter…)

    So maybe it really was more painful!

  • SnafflesMummy

    >im now wondering if the fact that i am wanting anotehr means i have reached the point where i have forgotten the 19 hours of pain?

  • Muddling Along Mummy

    >Its incredible a week on and I KNOW it hurt a lot (and trust me short labours are no easy walk in the park – I think they can be mentally much harder to deal with)

    BUT I'm still thinking 'oh well it wasn't that bad …' – someone please give me a slap !

  • WADs

    >haha…I also need reminding of this as I am broody again already only 6 months after giving birth. I really can't remember it hurting that must but I know it DID! 🙂 x

  • Maternal Tales

    >Oh sweetie!! I will NEVER forget how much it hurts. Never ever. Award for you at mine xx

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