Yeah, true. I would never want to frighten young women who want to have families someday about the process of giving birth. It is hard but (and I know how this sounds, I really do) giving birth was among the most meaningful and beautiful experiences of my life, both times. This is totally corny but to me, I felt connected to the line of mothers going back to our early hominid ancestors- we have created layer upon layer of culture and society that take us away from our origins as primitive peoples, and giving birth was, for me, a way to experience life as they experienced it, if only for a little while, and honor them. We wouldn't be here without them.
The thing that made it bearable for me was that I knew it could only go on for so long and there was no permanent damage being done. Unpleasant stuff is easier when there is an end in sight. And what a small price to pay, really.
“There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old’s life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs.” ~ John Rogers