I thought being in labor for 24 hours was pretty exhausting, but I guess I really can't complain after hearing about a British woman who endured labor for nine weeks. Yes, nine weeks. NINE freakin' WEEKS, people!
Twenty-four-year-old Debbie Mills dealt with contractions from the 28th week of her pregnancy right up until when she gave birth to her son, Owen, at 37 weeks.
OMG. The poor woman had contractions for an entire nine weeks. Sorry, but I just can't seem to get past this one.
When describing what she had to suffer with, Debbie said, "The pain would shoot up my back and that was agony. Sitting down was like running a marathon."
Yep. That pretty much sums up contractions, all right. And contractions are one of those pains that are pretty hard to describe until you actually have them. I, for one, had no clue that they could really be as excruciating as people had told me they'd be -- until I was in full labor having them right on top of each other without a second to gasp for breath. At that point, I realized people were serious in describing childbirth as one of the worst pains I'd ever experience.
And I can't tell you how many times I've bitched and moaned about my 24-hour labor and how difficult it was -- but now I really feel like a wimp after hearing what Debbie had to go through.
I guess the old saying of "someone always has it worse than you" is true, because I cannot even begin to fathom being in labor for nine weeks and not being able to do a damn thing about.
Thankfully, Debbie's son was born healthy, weighing in at 7 pounds 12 ounces, even though he was three weeks early. And as difficult as it was to bring him into this world, she said, "It has all been worth it."
I think it's safe to say that any mom will agree that we'd go through labor 100 times over again to have our precious babies. Debbie hit the nail right on the head -- it's all worth it.
Do you think you could handle being in labor as long as this woman?
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