What is the worst part of being pregnant?

United States
January 3, 2008 10:12am CST
What is/was the worst part of your pregnancy? Has anyone out there had a smooth pregnancy? How long were you in labor for? How bad was it?
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@bellaofchaos (11550)
• United States
3 Jan 08
Milondali, I would have to say the worst part of my pregnancies was mostly the morning sickness. But with two of the pregnancies it was the toxemia I had. That was the worst. But I don't think there is a such thing as a smooth pregnancy I think some are better thank others. I would have to say the best pregnancy I had was my 4th child I had very little problems and the delivery after getting the epidural was quite painless. I have never been in labor for longer than an hour and the worst one was when I had no epidural that was planned because my doctor who knew my history of going in less than an hour (after being told and given records from my previous obgyn) went to grab something to eat and wouldn't answer his pager. The nurse literally told me to hold and not push, I was 10 centimeters dilated and you want me to what. I think I grab her and the other nurse by the front of their smock type thingies and pulled them close enough to me that they smacked their heads together and I ordered them to get the ER doctor because I wasn't waiting for mine. I never seen a Dr get in my room so fast before.. My Obgyn strolls in just in time to deliver the after birth. I was never so ticked off in my life at a doctor.
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@eden32 (3976)
• United States
4 Jan 08
I get so angry when I hear stories like that (being told not to push). I'm a midwifery student- it's dangerous to you and to your baby to try to hold back when your body is telling you to push. Helping you push slowly to avoid tears is one thing, but trying to tell you not to push at all is almost impossible and can be dangerous.
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• United States
5 Jan 08
yeah they told me not to push because they couldn't get ahold of my obgyn and they didn't want to have to get someone else. I was not a nice person to them lets say I think i put the fear of (insert diety of your choice here) in them. The next day the nurses were all joking about how the ER doctor had to come up and deliver with a catchers mit. Unbelieveable I never went to that hospital agian or the obgyn I was able to return to my regular obgyn after that. The only reason I couldn't get my reg obgyn was because I was going through college and the business college had a very strict policy and he was the only doctor with hours after 4pm that I could go to big mistake. So needless to say I told the obgyn he wasn't getting paid and the ER doctor would recieve what he charges for the delivary. He wasn't to happy.
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• United States
3 Jan 08
Any part of pregnancy would be bad for me. My sister has been pregnant more than once and she said the worst thing for her was well, there were 2: that nasty orange slush drink she had to drink to test for gestational diabeties and then the pains that never went away. She couldn't get comfortable during the last few weeks of her pregnancy and she had aches and pains that wouldn't go away.
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• United States
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• India
5 Jan 08
I'm pregnant for the first time and going through this sickly feeling of nausea and heartburn everyday. Sometimes it becomes unbearable for me but then the excitement of becoming a mother acts like an inner strength to remain calm. My doctor says I'll be fine after a couple of weeks though. Its a nice topic. Thanks :)
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• Philippines
5 Jan 08
there are people who are lucky to have uneventful pregnancy but there are people who are high risk like hose who are hypertensive, those w/ diabetes and other medical problems.Asthna can be or cant be worsen.The first 12 weeks can be difficult due to morning sickness and this is due to hormone name human choriogenic hormone or hcg.Good sense of well-being can be had at second trimester or from 14 - 28th week of gestation but blood pressure must be check to prevent preeclampsia.Difficulty arises atr third trimester or 28 weeeks onwards due to enlarged uterus and the baby.Latent phase of cervical dilatation begins at 1 cm cervical dilatation and up to 4 cm.It last for 20 hours for first timers while 14 hours for others. After that, the 5 hour waiting begins when contractions increased in intensity,and frequency and that is active phase of labor
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@youless (91541)
• Guangzhou, China
5 Jan 08
I think the worst part is you have to be careful all the time as you are responsible to another new life. I have to pay attention to my diet and perhaps get rid of any unhealthy foods when I am pregnant. And it is easy for me to feel tired. And sometimes I am sleepy all the time.
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• United States
5 Jan 08
My first pregnancy was my best one. I had some morning sickness, but not much. I only threw up at night when I took my prenatal vitamin with iron in it. I stopped taking them! I was induced at 42 weeks, and had an easy 5 hour labor. I did have some Demerol with my labor, but regretted it, because it made me out of it a little. My worst pregnancy was with twins. My body hurt all the time. I was on bedrest (partial) for two months. I couldn't sleep. I couldn't eat, but I was hungry all the time. The dr did a planned c-section at 37 weeks. I ended up with a spinal headache from the anethesia. I did have one more baby after that pregnancy after that though, so obviously I recovered from a tough pregnancy.
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• United States
3 Jan 08
The worst thing for me is the waiting. I know that I should just relax and enjoy the peace and quiet while I have it but I just can't wait to meet the little one.This is my first pregnancy in almost 9 years and the excitement is killing me. I also don't like the morning sickness all of the time.
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• United States
9 Jan 08
This is my first pregnancy, and for the first 6 months I had no problems AT ALL. Thank God. I didnt even have morning sickness, and I travelled overseas in my third month with no problems. After the 6th month though I began losing energy...but I guess I can't complain. I have one more month left and I think it has been a very easy ride.
@dania_elm (422)
• United States
5 Jan 08
the worst part of pregnancy? getting fat lol seriously my last pregnancy was twins and by months seven i could tie my shoesi retained so much water that i swelled up like 3 times my normal size i only gained 40 pounds i didnt really get fat deliveries kid #1 8 hours #2 1.5 hours and number 3 was 22.5 hours of hard labor with one shot of demoral for 17 of those hours now my twins i had a c-section with that suked to now i have an ugly scar
@eden32 (3976)
• United States
4 Jan 08
I have 4 children and really loved almost every aspect of it. There are various little things that can be bothersome- morning sickness, heartburn, going past your due date and everyone bugging you about when is that baby going to come (as if you have some control over it). If you're in good health, have a good diet, and stay active you're far more apt to have a wonderful pregnancy. My youngest was born at home with a midwife 2 months ago. No medications, no interventions and it was the best birth of all of them. I walked around during my labor, ate when I wished to and was surrounded by my family and a couple of very good friends.
@maximax8 (28258)
• United Kingdom
3 Jan 08
I felt sickly during the evening around 8 to 12 weeks pregnant. I had a horrid sort of metal like taste in my mouth. During the last month my bump made me feel heavy and uncomfortable at night. This gave me difficulty in sleeping some times. In my second pregnancy I had a scare and was sent to hospital for testing. During a scan at 36 weeks they found fluid on my baby's head. A midwife broke the news that my baby has spina bifida. I still went ahead with a home birth. I was in labor for 2 and a half hours. I had only 20 minutes of strong pain. I said I could feel the head. I didn't have to even push, two contractions later my baby was out. The after pains were savage. My baby went to an intensive care unit for three weeks. They operated on his back the day he was born and it was a Saturday. They operated on his head, putting in a shunt, when he was 2 weeks old. He is a lovely 7 month old baby with a lovely smile now. When my first son was born I labored in water at home. Stages 1 and 2 lasted 8 hours but afterwards I had a retained placenta so stage 3 took more time and was quite scary. During my first son's birth water helped my pain greatly but there was not enough time for any pain relief for my second son's birth. It all happened so quickly that the midwifes were only there for twenty minutes before my son was born. A longer labor is nicer than a quick one I feel.
3 Jan 08
For the most part, all three of mine were smooth pregnancies. I did have gestational diabetes for the last 2, but to me, that was no big deal. I could control it with diet, but had to stick my finger four times a day to make sure everything was okay. I never had morning sickness. I DID have heartburn. That was awful. I also didn't like the feeling of awkwardness when you get bigger. Not being able to bend over or hitting yourself in the stomach every time you open a door or walk up to a counter was annoying as hell!! All three were natural births in the shower at the hosiptal. I used a midwife and she was incredible. She delivered all three of my kids (ages 6, 5 and 3 months). The birth did hurt like hell, but it was so worth it to me after it was over. I was up walking around within an hour, and out of the hospital in 24. My oldest' labor was 4 1/2 hours, he was 8lbs 12 oz and 23 inches long. I had labor pains for 3 days with number 2, but was only in active labor for like 2 hours. I went from 2 cm to 10 in that time, he was supposed to be huge from the GD and he was 7 lbs 6 oz and 20 inches long. #3 I was induced at 12:15 and she was born an hour and a half later at 1:45 weighing 7lbs 7 3/4 oz and 20 inches long. She was also supposed to be between 8 and 9 lbs because of the GD.