On a scale of one to ten how much does giving birth naturally hurt?

I know it's not easy, and hurts a lot even with the epidural I would rate it as 8.

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    05/22/15
    I would say 5. It hurt less than the epidural because I was able to move. Laying down closes the birth canal and makes things harder. Birthing while standing up, squatting, kneeling, is helped by gravity.
    2
      05/22/15
      i didn't have a epidural and my labor did not hurt
      2
        05/23/15
        diane
        My first natural unmedicated birth hurt more than the following two because things 'down there' hadn't been stretched like that before. So 10 for the first and a 7 for the following two.
        1
          05/26/15
          4 hd a good labor
          1
            05/26/15
            a 4 withan epidural 10 %but i would say a 10 without it and having regular cntractions is tough
            1
              05/27/15
              3 days in labor... So I would say a 10! lol no epidural either.
              3
              06/14/15
              Melissa Middleton
              Yikes! :(
              0
                05/28/15
                Shauna
                I actually have had worse cramps then contractions but I was robbed of my choice to decide and had to have 3 c-sections. I wish i could've experienced the full process and given it my all but I have my 3 beautiful boys and that's ok.
                1
                  06/01/15
                  10!! My epidural didn't kick in until AFTER I gave birth.. All because they didn't think I was in labor... Imagine? They said I was too calm. Have a seat! UGH.

                  By the time they put me on the contraction machine I was ready to GO! She was like.. OMG and ran to get the doctor. haha unreal.

                  So yes, 10 10 10. lol
                  2
                    06/01/15
                    the torture of pain was part of the blessing heheehe but still its 10. nothing can compare the pain of giving birth ..
                    1
                      06/14/15
                      Seiconies Wilson
                      I say my first natural was a 2 and my third child was a natural so I rare it as a 8
                      1
                        06/14/15
                        Melissa Middleton
                        I never felt contractions though they were 80-90 seconds apart, I was told. I was lucky with that. I had to have an epidural so my husband could be in the room (also it would make it easier for the catheter to be attached--gross, I know) because I have a narrow birth canal and my son was a little over 8 pounds, which I would not have been able to give birth naturally; I really wanted to and was prepared to push. I hope I can with this one.

                        Anyhoot, I did feel the placenta being pushed out and that was painful (and I have a high tolerance for pain, too). The thing that was most uncomfortable and painful was the needle going into me for the epidural. I just bared down, gritted my teeth, and told them to go for it without stopping because it was just taking longer. Lol
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                          07/09/15
                          I didn't give birth naturally, I had to have an emergency c-section. I did however, manage to get her pushed far enough down that they could see the top of her head before my cervix began to swell shut. I labored at home for over 24 hours, with a 38-hour labor total, and my epidural wore off before I started pushing. I would rate it a 10. There was a point during the whole ordeal when my mortality actually came to mind, and I couldn't help thinking, "I could die"!
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