Contractions started sometime Friday but they didn't get really painful They started getting strong around midnight Friday, but still difficult to time. I only got about an hour of sleep that night though, as they were pretty strong then. The following morning it was still difficult to time but they were strong enough to head over to the hospital just to get checked out. They measured the contractions and baby's heart rate and my OB was here already doing a c-section for someone else and he told me to stay. Good thing because the contractions started getting borderline painful about an hour later. I was about 5cm then and they gave me the epidural then.
That was an experience, LOL. DH nearly passed out and had to sit down; I nearly passed out as well and threw up a bit. It worked most of the day...until the transition stage. For some reason, the pain med wasn't strong enough. They gave me two extra doses and it still didn't help. By then the contractions were almost unbearable...I was crying through them wondering why the heck the epidural wasn't working. They were going to try and redo the epidural but by then I was progressing very quickly. The urge to push took over and that was pain beyond words...LOL. I wasn't expecting to "go natural" but that's essentially what happened.
The worst pain was near the end when he was crowning and that "ring of fire" really took over. The doctor almost didn't make it to delivery because from the time I started pushing until his birth was only half an hour--something the doc didn't expect and the nurses were surprised at because I am a first time mom and they hardly ever see one push so quickly. It was thanks to God's strength I was able to push through it so quickly!
Anyway, Tommy was 8lbs 9 oz--again a surprise he was that big because I'm quite small. It's definitely something to remember--and I am gonna make sure the epi works next time. I am so not one who likes the natural way especially after experiencing it