Because this, ladies and gentlemen, is a visual analog of how much it freakin' hurts to have a baby, found in an obstetrics textbook (btw, primipara means first baby and multipara means you've already had a child):
Now, as you know, Will and I would do practically anything, including amputate digits, if we could successfully conceive a child who could live.
But I have to say, it amused me to no end (and ok, I'll be honest, it slightly terrified me, too) to see that should we actually ever succeed at this venture, it may come close to feeling like I'm amputating a digit to have our little loved one join us in the world. Thankfully, it looks to hurt a little less if we get some training ahead of time (not surprisingly, it looks like fear increases pain). And of course, this is without an epidural...
From where I'm sitting now, terrible labor pain seems like a pretty damn good problem to have, ya know? But yowza!
Those of you who have been there, done that, does this pain scale reflect your experience?
It was worth it, right?