Laboring on Labor Day

by Pregnancy.org Staff

Labor Day flagLabor Day, the first Monday in September, is a yearly national acknowledgment of the contributions workers make to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country. For us mommies though, the holiday takes on a whole other meaning!

We've tapped our members to share their own "labor day" day thoughts and memories -- from early contractions to babe in arms. We hope you're encouraged to contribute your own story in the comments!

First Thoughts

waiting for babyThose last weeks of pregnancy seem to draggggg out endlessly! You might feel trapped in a constant "are we there yet?" loop. Swollen feet, uncomfortable sleep, heartburn, and being anxious top the list of complaints. You wonder if this is "IT" or simply another false alarm. We asked our members, "What was your very first thought once you realized you were in labor?"

Should I really call and wake up my sister at 3:30 a.m. to take my son or should I wait it out a few hours to let her sleep.... ~Cali26

Hmmm, I thought I was done peeing...wait 30 seconds...yeah I know my bladder isn't that big, my water broke! Yay, I'm having a baby today! ~Jessica, Pregnancy.org member

Funniest Memory

It's hard to believe the process of attempting to squeeze a not-so-tiny being out of an exit the size of a head of a quarter could be humorous in any shape or form! We're pleased to discover our members do have fun even while in labor! They're eager to share responses to our question: "What was your funniest 'labor' memory?"

...my husband's face when I squeezed his hand the first time during pushing. He had underestimated the strength of a laboring woman! ~elleon17

We're blessed with a large family. Fortunately, for the most part, my experiences with labor have been fairly positive. While each birth has been unique, hands down my most humorous memories are witnessing just how many shades of green my husband can turn! It has happened every time -- and has me laughing until I cry! ~MissyJ, Online Community Director

I let a choice "f-word" slip and my Mom quipped, "Well that's what got you in this position to begin with!" If I hadn't been contracting right that moment I would have laughed so hard! ~OperaDiva

Relaxing During labor

Labor professionals emphasize the need to "relax" during labor. Suggested techniques include meditation, breathing techniques, soft lighting, music, and massage. However, the very idea of equating "relaxing" with "labor" can feel impossible. We reached out to our members with the question: "While it may seem like an oxymoron, what did you do to relax while in labor?"

With my first, I wasn't very relaxed, but bouncing on a birth ball helped some. With my second, I did the Hypnobabies program and the techniques were extremely helpful! ~MrsMangoBabe

My best relaxation technique during labor was rocking my hips, having my husband press on my lower back (tailbone area), and deeeeep breathing. ~marymoonu

I had to have everyone stop talking. It was the only way I could relax. All the noise just heightened the pain I was in when contracting. ~Minx_Kristi

Did You Labor on Labor Day?

Being a top pregnancy/parenting community with a ten-year history allows us to connect with women who truly did "labor" on Labor Day! It's certainly a holiday they will never forget! Here again, our members respond:

I labored and delivered on Labor Day. Everyone I spoke to that day had to make a "Labor Day" comment -- definitely puts a new meaning to that holiday! I woke up at 3:30 a.m. with contractions. After laboring at home for a bit, we went to the hospital. The doctor said that I was in active labor. My son arrived at 2:12 p.m. on Labor Day -- as beautiful as I could imagine. He's now a few weeks shy of his first birthday! ~Cali26

The inspiration for the web's first interactive pregnancy calendar and everything I do, was born on Labor Day after 72 hours of labor. After pushing in every conceivable position, my midwives fighting off L & D so I wouldn't be cut, the Ezranator was finally born. In fact, we even won a contest for a baby shirt because I was in labor on Labor Day.~Mollee, General Manager, Pregnancy.org

The night before Labor Day, I suddenly felt a contraction and knew it was the real thing. I told my husband that I was in labor. I don't think he believed me because I didn't look like I was in pain. We got to the triage room and I was already 7-8 cm. I remember saying, "I might have a Labor Day baby" and the nurse said "I don't think so; you are progressing really fast." Next thing I know there's this incredible urge to push. "I feel like the baby is coming fast." My OB and others were cheering me on telling me "you can do it, you are doing great." I feel this ring of fire and then I see his head and then his body. My newborn son is on my chest, skin to skin, and he is crying and he's healthy and wow I can't believe I did it! He was born at 10:40 the night before Labor Day. What a labor that was! His first birthday was actually on Labor Day so I thought that was pretty neat. ~Kelly

Hoping for a Labor Day Baby?

We didn't want to leave out our expectant mamas! We have a whole portion of our community just patiently waiting to welcome their little ones to the world. We asked our September Moms-to-be: "Would you like to go into "labor" on Labor Day?" Their replies:

Sure, why not?
1. It is within reason (my due date is the day before Labor Day Monday).
2. My husband has that day off, so would be available without missing work.
3. I will have finished out my work schedule by then, so I won't miss work either. ~Indianajones

I'm due on Labor Day so here's hoping! ~Erin

Every minute, eight women in the United States go into labor. If you're currently pregnant, at some point you will experience your own very special "labor" day! Pregnancy.org wishes everyone the best in your journey no matter when you're headed for that special day. We look forward to hearing your story!

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