So I've been on the fence about using pain medications, but am pretty convinced now that using them is NOT ideal, and will lead to unnecessary interventions.
My fear is that by not knowing what to expect in terms of pain and pressure, I will become SO anxious that I tense up and everything gets worse. Also, when I'm anxious about things I tend to experience much more pain than when I'm calm.
Can anyone help me out and detail what to expect from active labor, transition, and pushing? I mean, what type and level of pain should I expect for each?
I think if I have that explained to me, I'll cope much better and know what to expect, preventing me from freaking out and demanding pain meds.
Sorry to be such a worrier, but I appreciate any advice.