Share your stories here. It’s always interesting to hear everyone’s story. The journey of Labor and delivery are all different, yet the outcome is all the same. The birth of our child/ren.
The birth of my son:
My first born was an easy birth, as far as first borns go. There isn’t much to say about it other than I was in labor for approx. 6 hours and pushed for only 20 minutes. I didn’t have an epidural, nor did I want one and I did most of my laboring in a tub. I think even if I had wanted an epi, there wouldn’t have been time for it.
I lost my mucus plug that morning, so I don’t go into work unt 8:15 or 8:30 or so. I’d been feeling like crap all day. If we didn’t have a meeting about who would take my jobs when I was on leave, I would have stayed home.
I started having what felt like cramps right around 6:00ish and feeling like I had to go pee every 5 minutes. By the time we got to the hospital, around 9:30, they were 3 minutes apart. They tell you to get to the hospital when contractions are 5 minutes apart. Oopsie!! So they do all of my paper work and I sit on the birthing ball for a while. Once all is done, they check me again and into the tub I go. I am in the tub for the duration of the laboring and then I get “the urge” to push. the only problem? I’m still in the tub and at the time, they do not allow water births.
So out of the tub and onto a bed. I pushed for only 20 minutes and there he is. It was really great, especially for being my first.
The birth of my daughter:
My first born was pretty quick (roughly 6 hours from start to finish), so I was spoiled. I was hoping that my daughter would go half as well and I’d be sitting pretty.
I had my doctors appointment that Tuesday afternoon and I was very uncomfortable. I could tell that she had dropped. My thighs were hitting the bottom of my belly as I would go up the stairs. My doctor confirmed that I was at plus 1 station, walking around at 4 cm dialated and pretty thinned out. He was amazed that she was still in there. We had made plans to be induced on Thursday if she didn’t come out on her own by then. I was THAT uncomfortable.
Well, 5:00 rolls around and I feel this labor pang. About 20 minutes later another one. They keep coming, but a little closer every time. 6:30, we head to the hospital as they are about 7-10 minutes apart. I get checked in and the nurses start my paper work.
The nurse checks me and OOPS!! She breaks my water and now labor is fast and furious. To finish up the paper work and all the pre-stuff, they tag team me. The one nurse had one heck of a time trying to get my IV in and it’s not like my veins are bad.
My doctor is here and he tells me that I can start pushing in about 10 minutes. I do and at 8:12, my daughter arrives!! I was so lucky that her labor was half as long as my son’s.
Can you believe it? 2 kids and I haven’t even been in labor for 10 hours COMBINED!! We joke that if I were to get pregnant again, then I would have to spend the last week at the hospital. Otherwise people might be reading about how I gave birth in a car at the gas station!!
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