We decided to induce this week due to rising blood pressure. My dr had mentioned cytotec, and until the night before, I still hadnt decided how I wanted to start the induction. He said it was up to me, and what I felt comfortable with. After much research, I feel I made an informed decision and chose to induce with cytotec(no flames please!).
Thuersday 8 am, arrive at birth center. 9am I take 25mcg of cytotec orally. I had been having some light irregular contractions, they picked up a bit after the dose, but not too much. I had intermittent monitoring of the baby by doppler, and some blood presure checks. It was really high when I got there but after some rest I calmed down and it came down.
12:20 - dr broke my water. Contractions pick up some, still not painful though. I spend the time walking, resting, watching videos with the kids in the family room.
My nurse was wonderful. We chatted alot, no pressure to get the show on the road, she left me alone unles I needed her, just did doppler checks every so often.
2:30 another 25mcg oral cytotec. Now contrax really picked up. Around 3, i felt a pop, then the next contraction was much more painful. She said maybe it was the baby pushing the button, and was ready to get on with it now! lol Who knows what it was, but it freaked me out for a minute.
Now I am in active labor. I move around from the bed, to the chair, try standing, go pee. There is a picture of flowers on the wall, but I see in it a monkey face with pursed lips, so I spend contractions staring at thie monkey face saying "ooohhhh". LOL For a brief second my husband thinks I may be hallucinating! During this time my hubby is in and out, we have both the kids there needing attention, but I dont feel ignored. Finally the nurse says lets fill the tub!
As soon as I get in the tub, my whole body relaxes AAahhhh! It was almost too cold for me, I kept having her add hot water, but she didnt want it too hot. I guess it was a good thing though ecause otherwise I would have ended up hot and sweaty and not feeling good, I always make my baths too hot!
Pretty soon I am starting to be overwhelmed by contrax, then start feeling pushy. She tells me its not time to push, but I think I was anyway. Pretty soon, i cant not push. I was pretty vocal! My 5yo was videotaping, and my 2 yo was splashing in the water and playing with a rubber ducky. She kept saying mama baby. She knew what was about to happen. Dr comes in and i am full blown pushing and he tells me the head is almost there and to push my baby out. I had no idea he was almost here! My body was just pushing and I was roaring. The pressure was awful, and then his head came out and it was some relief. his body followed and i think i sighed out loud it was such a relief!
So he plops this slimy baby on me. He looked so tiny! My husband said the moment he popped out he looked at the kids faces, and he said it was priceless, he said both their mouths were just hanging open, that they were in shock! So after a few mins, they hand baby to my hubby and help me out of the tub. I get on the bed to deliver placenta. No drugs, no yanking on the cord, the dr just sat and waited for it to come. My hubby said afterwards he was kinda freaked they just handed him the baby, and he wasnt crying just laying there peacefully. He wasnt sunctioned, or startled, so he was very quiet, and in that transitional state.
So placenta comes, checked for tears, none.
I am kinda in shock, just taking it all in. Cant believe i did it!
After awhile, hubby nd kids go home, they are really wound up now. I get cleaned up, have snack, rest, nurse.
We all go home about 5 hours after birth.
I am extremelythrilled with this birth! The best yet! I think the cytotec was the best choice for me given the situation, and other than getting the labor going had NO other interventions. No iV, no fetal monitor, just doppler, occasional bp checks, Was not stuck in bed, did what I want when I wanted. No one told me when to push, my body just did it. As he was being born, I tipped my butt up just a little because it felt like I should, i was telling ym hubby being in bed I wouldnt have been abl to move at all during birth, but being in the water I was able to do what was comfortable.
It really was great, I couldnt have asked for anything better! And I dont think the cytotec caused the labor to be any faster or painful than a non induced labor. It was just like my last spontaneous labor. The contrax build up was very gradual and natural feeling.
Baby is doinf great, Nursing, pooping and peeing! I feel wonderful! Barely even sore, bleeding is WAY less than other births.
Tired tho, so off to bed