Hey ladies, I'm re posting this from the August 2011 board, but I got to thinking you all might best be able to answer! I'm planning on having a med free hospital birth with a doula and my dh as support. Here's what I posted:
So, I'm just wondering if the pain of labor and the pain of getting a large tattoo are comparable at all for those of you who have given birth (in this case med free) and had a tattoo. I ask because last year I got my first tattoo and it was a pretty big one in the middle of my upper back. It took about 3.5 hours to complete, and was the most pain I've endured thus far. The tattoo artist only took ONE break the entire time! eek! I love that someone tried to tell me tattoos feel like scratching a sunburn....ummm yea, no, it felt like someone cutting me over and over with a razor blade in the same spot for almost 4 hours!
Anyway, I know that the two pains are very different types of pain, but I'm just wondering if the pain LEVEL is comparable? With the tattoo I started off in pain but able to at least carry on conversation through the pain, and by the end I was unable to speak, think clearly and was repeating in my head "you are fine, people get tattoos everyday" over and over!Thoughts?