I wonder what got us all going with the bloody show and mucous plug? I mean aren't there other signs of possible labor! I wonder where it came up because all of us, including me obsess about it.
I think I remarked about how when my water broke I saw my plug and I just kept looking for more and more of it whenever I went to the bathroom.
By the way, it was interesting that when my water broke all I wanted to do was pee. You're probably thinking "Yeah you THOUGHT you were peeing" but really I was. For about a half hour I think, I sat on the toilet just to sit there because I kept wanting to pee anyway.
Never did see any bloody show. I did have some pink tp though like Pepper, but only after my water broke. And it WAS like a pregnancy test kind of pink!! Like, "Look at it! It really is two lines, I mean pink tinged mucous!!!"
It was weird having the midwife there though, sleeping in the other room. I'm glad she told me she was used to that or else I'd have been worried about her. I'm sure she fell right to sleep. Then when I felt like it was time for her, I had dh let her know because I was embarrassed to wake her up!
All in all she probably only "worked" for like 2 hours at my place. An hour and a half up till the birth and then maybe a half hour or 45 minutes afterwards. I wanted to be kind to her
But she got right up, I told her I thought that was really fast!
And she used my cut up towels to help with the, er, um, poo. I was thinking to myself that wasn't what I had thought they were for heheh... Then the other funny thing was that since I was leaning over the bed I was sort of upside down. I was wondering why she was holding the towel where she was because I thought my perineum was the other way lol! The towels felt really good though. They made a lot of sense. If anyone is having a hospital birth, I'd recommend asking that they use warm compresses as the baby is crowning.
In my case she never really crowned that I know of. I was pushing and asked if she could see the baby since I didn't believe I was close. She said no. Then like two contractions later I felt her whole head come down the birth canal and I'm all "Here she comes!" So using the towels even before that time was nice.
And ring of fire... I wanted to get rid of that business right away. Even though I was pretty controlled in pushing out the head, I did it as fast as I could. I felt more this time in the ring of fire respect, but for me it was more extreme pressure.
And while I'm thinking about it
after the birth I just took two advil and the pain in my bottom was GONE. I can't recall if I mentioned it or not, but with my son's birth I asked for demerol in my hep lock afterwards. If I knew all I needed were TWO ADVIL... I would have been a lot less out of it. Just so you guys know who are waiting
So it's not so bad to wait! You get tips from moms who like to write novels!
Hopefully I'm going to sleep now...