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After spending months 2-5 on bedrest because of "unexplained bleeding" (and then having it turn out to be a friable cervix) and then 2 months of early labor, I was ready. At 36 weeks I was told I could stop taking terbutaline and that I would have the baby "any day." I was miserable and tired and VERY excited that it would be over with. Well..... 37 weeks went by.....I actually undilated from 2 cms to 0... 38 weeks went by and still nothing. I hurt so much and couldn't sleep or take care of my almost 3 year old. My appt was for Wednesday at 11:50am. I was planning on BEGGING to be induced the following week (the midwife had agreed that MAYBE at 39 weeks I could be, since they were measuring a 7 pounder at 36 weeks)... I took my son to my mom's (an hour away) so I could give the appointment the attention I needed to. While there, at 9:15, I felt the wetness. "Um, I either just peed on myself or my water broke" ... I felt the trickle...put on a pad, and went home. I cleaned up my house and packed my bags a little and then headed to my appointment. I didn't really know if my water broke, but I did notice it never stopped trickling... So I went to my midwife appointment and she confirmed that I had broken my water but I was not in labor yet. We had the talk about what would happen if I didn't go into labor by 6 am the Thursday. She said she'd induce but I wouldn't have to do the c section route just then because I was negative for that test...<br>
I drove to my hubby's job (no cell phone) and told him to be prepared to MAYBE leave early. At 1:00, I was sitting at the 99, eating lunch with my very pregnant sister. I felt LIGHT contractions every 10 minutes or so, but definitely nothing that stopped me from laughing through them. I called my best friend to see if I could stop by to kill some time after I was through with lunch. I arrived at her house at 3 and her flight of stairs left me having a few contractions. I laughed through some of the, but others were a little bit painful. I told her I thought I'd go pick up hubby an hour early and then go to the hospital. Picked up hubby at 3:45 (yeah, I was driving...but really, the contractions weren't that bad!) and we went home. He ate some dinner and we finished packing bags. I called and let my midwife know we'd be at the hospital at 5:15... I sat on my floor and held up my belly while hubby finished eating. He asked me if I was meditating ( I've never meditated in my life) and I laughed and told him I wanted to head to the hospital cause my back hurt a little. We got to the hospital but I felt too sore to walk the huge corridors...so I reluctantly let hubby push me in the wheel chair. I insisted on getting out at the l&d ward, though. I would have felt lazy and wimpy if I was 2cm dilated and unable to walk through a set of doors. So we walked in and they let us choose the room we wanted (each room is like a hotel room, but they are all different and really nice). I begged my midwife to tell me I was more than 2cms cause I wasn't really up for a ton of pain that night. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> She checked me and said "ha! you're 8 cm!" So that was nice to hear. I felt on top of the world.... I couldn't believe I didn't feel AWFUL yet. I had an epidural by that time during my first birth!! So, I was put on monitoring for a few minutes and then I wanted to get in the tub to relax because I was supposed to hit transition soon. I was in the tub for 40 minutes, all the while making phone calls to everyone. The water was REALLY hot (I hate any sort of cold water in my baths) and I was sweating a lot. I drank ginger ale and ate tons of ice...I complained to hubby that my labor had stopped because I couldn't feel anything anymore. I was annoyed that I'd hit that transition thing hours from then....Midwife came in and wanted me to get out so she could check me. I asked her to check me in the water, and she said "ok... you are ready!" I didn't feel any urge to push or any contractions. I sort of freaked out that I was about to hurt a lot... I tried to convince her to let me go home. I even begged to stay in the tub until I felt the urge to push... but she had me get out and lay in bed. I didn't feel much still....<br>
Hubby helped me into the bed and I felt a few not so fun contractions and then I realized I had to go to the bathroom. Midwife said "go ahead"... as in...on the bed. I looked at hubby and told him to go out of the room (I have a poo phobia). The pushing feeling hurt...and I begged for an epidural. I'm a control freak, and not being able to control this situation made me angry. For the first 10 minutes of pushing, I didn't have the urge...and I was on my side holding my leg. It hurt and wore me out. There was mess....each time I pushed, which made me freak out and try to hold back the pushing. I was put on my back and pushed more. The nurses were called back in (I kicked EVERYONE out except for midwife) and they helped hold my legs. Midwife tried to "clear out everything" with her finger, to which I screamed bloody murder and yelled at her to get her finger out of my a-hole. Lovely, huh? When all was done and we were sure there wouldn't be more....mess.... midwife got my hubby from the waiting room. When he came back in, he was very sweet and helped me through a few pushes. I begged for an epidural again and midwife said she'd have to start an iv for half hour first. I don't do needles so I declined. I begged hubby to help me, to make midwife help me. He told me she was helping me. I looked at him and told him to get out (again). I guess I thought he wasn't on my side. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> Anyway, pushed for a while longer and when they were thinking she would come, they called hubby back in. I pushed so hard and so much I thought I was passing out. I felt the ring of fire...it lasted a LONG time. I kept reaching down to touch her and the midwife would ask me "do you want to touch her?" and I'd snap "NO! that's disgusting!" but I tried a few more times... I did not feel her head or her body come out.... I just remember her telling me to get the rest of the baby. I pulled her up and they put her on my belly. All I remember is pain, nothing else. I wasn't smiling or crying or anything....I just remember it hurt to have her on me and that I felt "bottomed out". I had a little bit of a rough time pushing the placenta out. I had 2 first degree tears but I didn't want them stitched up (again with the needles). I finally agreed to have them sewn, but wouldn't let her numb me first. 2 stitches, not too bad. After all was out, they did the uterus message... hurt so bad I was crying. I guess I had a hard time bleeding and it was pooling in me... So they had to message me quite hard for a while. Family came in after the bed was cleaned up and I had clothes on.<br>
Baby was born at 8:50pm... just 3.5 hours after getting to the hospital...2 hours of pushing. She weighed 7 pounds 12 ounces and was 19 inches long.<br>
The only downside to our hospital stay was the last 6 hours. I wanted out after 24 hours, but right before they even started the discharge papers, I decided I could use another night (it was night already). I told the nurse I was uncomfortable leaving and her response was "why?" and continued with the paperwork. We had a conversion carseat and had to bring it up (even though she wouldn't be strapped into it on the way down). Hubby had to carry that and push our cart of stuff, while I held the baby. I cried the whole way down (was not offered a wheel chair) and then had to sit in the lobby (at 10:30pm) while the carseat was installed. Nurse also forgot to give me the prescriptions...which I managed without, but was annoyed about.<br>
IN ALL--the birth was great. I'm glad I didn't get the epidural. I'm glad I have a VERY healthy baby. And I'm glad I'm not pregnant anymore!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Congratulations mama! It sounds like the pushing phase was pretty rough, but <b>8 cm with contractions that "weren't that bad"?!?!?!</b> Um, I hate you <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">.
 

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Congratulations on your wonderful birth! What a great story! I can't belive how quickly you got to 8 cm! Also, way to go on not having the epidural!! I feel like if I had gotten one with my first birth, I wouldn't be able to go into another delivery without choosing one.<br><br>
Thanks for sharing your story!!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Congratulations on your wonderful birth! What a great story! I can't belive how quickly you got to 8 cm! Also, way to go on not having the epidural!! I feel like if I had gotten one with my first birth, I wouldn't be able to go into another delivery without choosing one.<br><br>
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I really doubted I'd be able to go through with the natural part, even with my strongest desires. I think it helped that the labor was short <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> (first was 29 hours) and that by the time I wanted drugs, it was too late <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/partytime.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="partytime"> Congratulations!!!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/partytime.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="partytime">
 
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