I am currently 6 months pregnant with my first child. I have Crohn's disease. It is my desire to attempt a natural drug-free delivery. Lately, I seem to be having a flareup of CD. I've had episodes of diarrhea interlaced with episodes of severe constipation. Sometimes starting several hours before a BM, I get severe gut-wrenching pain. The only way I can describe the pain to people who do not have Crohn's is to imagine the worst gas pains in your life (severe stabbing, ripping pains), multiply them by 100 and then imagine them going through your entire abdomen. The spasms get stronger and closer together, the closer I am to having the bowel movement. They continue throughout the going to to the bathroom process and then gradually subside afterward. The pain is so strong at times that I cannot stand up straight or talk through them. Following an episode, I am completely exhausted and weak and I feel an overwhelming desire to lie down in fetal position. The pain is insane and I have a pretty good tolerance for pain. Typically, I shut my eyes and breathe through them, but I pretty much become non-functional.
Anyway, I was wondering for women who had experienced drug-free childbirth (or labor pains without drugs up to a certain extent)...which did you find more painful?
I haven't really been able to find someone who can answer that question and I am sure it's rather subjective anyway, since pain is...