BTDT's... were you sick during labor?

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BTDT's... were you sick during labor?

This ended up being one of those dirty little secrets of labor that no one ever tells you! At least in my case.

I vomited with every single contraction for 12 hours. After there was nothing left, it was all dry heaving and that nasty bile stuff. ugh! I had no idea this happens to people. They were pumping zofran and phenergan into me, but they didn't help. I wasn't nauseated, just couldn't stop vomiting.

My poor husband was following me around with a barf bag. At the time it didn't seem like a big deal. The contractions were so strong that vomiting was the least of my problems. But it would have been nice to rest in between those contractions of transition instead of puking.

Did this happen to anyone else??? I got an epidural for my last hour of labor and ONLY THEN did I stop puking lol. I'm really hoping I'm not sick this time!

ETA: despite all this I STILL have really fond memories of my labor and delivery Smile Truly the best day of my life.

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OMG that sounds awful. :eek: I can't imagine it going on for 12 hours! You poor thing!! I really hope you have a different experience this time.

With my first, I did not vomit at all.

With my second, I threw up once around transition.

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I'm so sorry this happened to you or anyone else - how awful!

I got a little sick after my csection and thought I was going to throw up but never did.

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Huh. I didn't know this. I'm a big barfer at every little stressor so I should probably be ready to ask for zofran! Ok, now that I'm thinking about drugs during birth ... I know loads of people are against taking anything, especially something that's going to make the babies groggy, but do you guys know if it is possible to get some sort of tranquilizer for a c-section? (Obviously I'll ask the doc, but you know, nice to hear the opinions/stories.) I flipped out before a surgery last year and the anesthesiologist was happy to oblige when I was all, "VALIUM, PLEASE!" And everything was infinitely better.

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That sounds horrible! I didn't have any sickness at all. I did get the shivers and shakes though but more than likely from the epidural.

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"triplespiral" wrote:

Huh. I didn't know this. I'm a big barfer at every little stressor so I should probably be ready to ask for zofran! Ok, now that I'm thinking about drugs during birth ... I know loads of people are against taking anything, especially something that's going to make the babies groggy, but do you guys know if it is possible to get some sort of tranquilizer for a c-section? (Obviously I'll ask the doc, but you know, nice to hear the opinions/stories.) I flipped out before a surgery last year and the anesthesiologist was happy to oblige when I was all, "VALIUM, PLEASE!" And everything was infinitely better.

I'm sure they could give you some ativan or valium. It probably does cross the placenta though! Since the baby gets out so quickly via c-section maybe it wont matter! Would be worth asking Smile

I have this weird pain/puking connection it seems. If I bang my funny bone or get the wind knocked out of me I will get nauseated and throw up. The contractions seemed to have done the same thing

:puke2::puke2::puke2::puke2:

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No, I never felt sick. But, I did not eat anything except for Chicken Broth after I went into labor, so there was nothing to throw up anyway! LOL!

Sorry that happened, I have never heard that!

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I got my epi after 2 hours of back labor as my contractions were so close and I was dialating fast, so maybe that is why I didn't get sick? It slowed things down and I had to get pitocin, but I am sure glad I didn't get sick! This sounds awful! I think if this starts to happen to me this time, I will ask for the epi.... :eek:

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I have never thrown up in labor, I hope it does not happen to you again Sad

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I vomited during my active labor w/ my first. I think it was strictly b/c I was at the point of over-exertion. I would basically push, vomit & then get an oxygen mask. In that order...over & over.

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"lesleynka" wrote:

I vomited during my active labor w/ my first. I think it was strictly b/c I was at the point of over-exertion. I would basically push, vomit & then get an oxygen mask. In that order...over & over.

Oh man, bummer!!

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That sounds horrible! I have heard of women puking during labor/delivery but I never did. I am not normally a puker anyway, though. LOL I did get hot and nauseated after delivery w/my first DS and I felt like I was going to puke (I was all alone in the room, everyone else took off and was in the nursery with the baby - I was like, "HELLO! Still here!" ha ha) so I called the nurse and they came in and gave me a cool washcloth for my head and raised my head up and I felt better - they said it was from the epidural wearing off or whatever.

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I vomited twice while I was in labor. So, not too bad. I hope your next labor/delivery isn't like that, how awful!

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Lurrrkerrr

I puked at least 4-6 times toward the end of labor, and AFTER giving birth (I had some complications). I had pitocin and an epidural. And I didn't eat anything but buttered toast that morning (gave birth near 10pm). I sipped watered-down apple juice during labor. That's all. I still managed to puke lots lol.

I only remember about 4 pukes, but my hubby thinks it was more than that. I was 'out of it' so his memory is probably more accurate.

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Labor was very much a "living-in-the-moment" thing, so my memory's not too reliable (I spent an hour laboring on the toilet since it was so comfy? Seriously? Not just 5 or 10 minutes?) but I don't remember puking at any point.

I hope everything goes more smoothly for you this time around! Best of luck! Smile

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labor memory is a weird thing! It's like a time warp. 3 hours feels like 30 minutes! Except during a contraction when 60 seconds feels like 60 minutes haha

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"Carolyn85" wrote:

labor memory is a weird thing! It's like a time warp. 3 hours feels like 30 minutes! Except during a contraction when 60 seconds feels like 60 minutes haha

DH and I were just talking about that! So true!

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Nope I haven't gotten sick during labor. That sounds awful! I'm sorry that happened to you. I hope it doesn't happen again

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"Carolyn85" wrote:

labor memory is a weird thing! It's like a time warp. 3 hours feels like 30 minutes! Except during a contraction when 60 seconds feels like 60 minutes haha

Woah ... so much craziness to look forward to! :eek:

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I feel bad for the FTM in our board.

Hopefully we aren't scarying them too bad. Wink

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oh no!! That did not happen to me. But my epidural did not work, so I pushed for 3-hours with no drugs and ended up with a c-section anyway....I had no idea that could happen either!

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Never had labor, but with my first section the 2nd day when I was able to walk around, I went and had a shower and threw up all in the bathtub. The second section a few hours after the surgery, i was feeling ill and vomited a few times. They gave me gravol and no more vomiting after that. I mentioned it to my Dr. cause vomiting after a section is not fun- feels like your stomach/incision is going to rip open. I think for me it may have been the morphine they give you through IV after the baby is out.

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I was never sick during any of my labors... which is ironic because pretty much anything else makes me sick. I have to drive or else I get sick as a dog and puke everywhere. I can't fly or drive for more than 6 hours or so or else I get panick attacks and throw up, and forget about roller coasters... puke!!! I have heard about this happening with a lot of women though. Surely there is some type of medicine they can give to you, whether orally or through an IV once you're admitted to help with this?

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