Jennifer, LPN and nursing student, Doula, CPST, and VBAC mama x3 to
AJ (5/03), Evan (12/04), Ilana (11/06), Olivia (2/09), and Unity (8/2012)
#1 was a preemie born in the hospital. very stressful, painful and i was far from healthy. very traumatic.
#2 was born at home, had a wad of very tacky mucus blocking her airway that we couldn't get out. our midwfife was a no show. very traumatic.
#3 was with a qualified confident midwife in her office, quite unplanned but good none the less, midwife was very calm and in control through the whole thing. probably the least traumatic of all my births but by far the most unexpected. She was out when I realized this was really labor. I think that was what pushed me over the line. I didn't have any time to mentally prepare for labor or what would happen in labor. didn't have time to process things one contraction at a time.
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I'll make sure my midwife knows I have a tendancy to shake afterwards and have them put some blankets in the dryer in time for delivery.
Dont have an awnser, jus tsharing that you are not alone!
At home, it can be due to the adrenal reaction to all of the blood circulating throughout the mother's body after the birth of the placenta, and that avenue for blood being closed off....the adrenals react to keep the mother from going into shock, as I recall from my childbirth classes.
I drank some juice, covered up with a comfy blanket and was fine.
All 3 of my births have been at home.
Theories on why:
Get's the mother alert so she is aware of dangers in her surroundings and so she's awake for that first hour that baby is also awake
Signales the uterus to start clamping down and closing the cervix, basically that labor is over
Gives the baby an adrenaline rush so the heart beats rapidly during the transition to the outside world
Whatever the cause the sudden release of adrenaline will, in most people, cause trembling of some kind. I also think that the legs being in stirrups adds to the effect. If the legs are in a stable position the shaking feels less uncontrolled. Of course any medications during labor can cause shaking as well.
It was awhile before I was ready to lie down in bed, my birth experience was so heady. I got a scolding for that!
I was suprised that I didn't shake. So I guess it doesn't always happen.
It was really just my legs though...my upper body shook a little, but not bad.
I wasn't prepared for it with my first, but my doc told me it was normal - adrenaline and all - which is how I felt - completely energized! With my second, I was prepared for it, but it was much more intense. I think in part because it was such a quick labor (which I was not prepared for) and near the end, the nurse was saying that she didn't think I could do it on my own, and the doc was starting to talk forceps/vacuum/possible c/s because the baby was "so" big.....at that point, I just dug deep and pushed her out - so for her I do think that it was part adrenaline, part muscle fatigue. My legs and arms really felt like jelly afterward.
Now- my 2nd birth -UC-, After the baby was born, I was chilly, and once in bed with my baby I shook like crazy! I mean, freak out shaking. I was not cold- I was sweating profusely and actually panicking. This was during the "uterus shrink-down time" I took nothing at all for any discomfort. I swore I was giving birth again and really really freaking out.
After some research, I believe I was on the verge of shock. I lost a lot of blood I think and was TOTALLY not prepared for this 2nd wave of contractions.
This shock lasted 24 hrs, but then crept up on me 5 days later- putting me into the ER for major headaches and trembling (whole other thread)
I know now to be overprepared for the after birth event. Tons of fluids- sugars, protein, herbs, homeopathic remedies, whatever to get me though the potential "freak-out" phase. Though I doubt I'd freak out this time.
Anyway. My last birth was unassisted and was attended by my husband for the last hour. It was just about as unhindered a birth as I can imagine, and was quite wonderful. As I began to cool off after the birth, I was wrapped in a robe and towels and had blankets around me. The bathroom was cool (which was perfect when I was in labor) but I was comfortable. I then transferred to the warmer living room, and again was wrapped in blankets and felt comfortable. It was then that I started shaking. (Unfortunately I don't remember if it was before or after the placenta came out.) I shook strongly for a while, but to me it felt good. I got the impression that my body was taking care of something and that it was a good thing.
Originally Posted by AMB8301
I had a natural, very hands off birth with dd in a hospital and got the shakes for about 15-20 minutes. It wasn't a muscle shake but whole body, completely involuntary, due to hormones.