There are so many terrible things you never ever consider in this situation. Giving birth was not painful but its still physical. I was given very strong painkillers (which just never would have been used normally) so I wouldn't feel any pain. But when you are pushing, you still have the sensation. I remember this being so frightening - pushing but not really feeling anything. I bawled my eyes out. Then afterwards, having that very strong period from having a baby. I was having my period for weeks afterwards, and it was very heavy. The other thing that I distinctly remember as being a part of the awfulness of this was having my milk come in. That sensation of having very heavy breasts filled with milk. They were rock hard. I had to take medication for this.