I def cannot say it went as planned. I wanted to try to do natural, no epi...and 2 weeks before DS was due I had a migraine.and excessively high blood pressure. We went into the hospital and around 11 pm we were todl that after the test results came back we'd be heading home 5 mins tops. THEN like 2 mins later they came in and said htey were going to induce me htat night. I tried to go without an epi but eventually the nurse told me that when induced with the pitocin it sometimes helps to move it along with the epi. At that point I went for it because we were getting close to needing a c-section. (AND THEN IT DIDNT WORK!) I honestly dont know how long I would be considered to have been in labor for and that makes me feel bad. (does it count from the start of indcution or the pushing time etC) My migraine was so bad that I have no idea what time they actually started induction (is that when the labor would be considered to have starteD?) I know they broke my water the next day (it was overnight they started the induction) but I ahve no clue what the actual time was. I didnt dilate past 5 cms by the time they were going to decide to do an emerg csec..... Then all of a sudden DS and my body decided they wern't going t have a c section.. so he came and he came quick. 6 mins of pushing and the nurse having to find a dr to deliver (or she was going to do it) SO for this one, I hope to be more aware, and avoid induction AND an epi....since Ill be teaching still I am HOPING my blood pressure is ok this go around! (sorry for my horrible typing tonight. I still feel like crud, and my computer is being nutty)
I have had two natural births, no drugs. DS was sunny side up which sucked because it was all back labor and I had an episiotomy which also sucked. DD they had a hard time finding her HB in triage and I'm planning on not consenting to being monitored flat on my back this third time! Otherwise DD's birth was picture perfect IMHO! So I'm hoping for basically a repeat of it!
Ethan - June 21, 2009
Olivia - December 5, 2010
5w3d - October/November 2012
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First I want to say that I loved my labor and delivery, in spite of its complications. It was the best and most fulfilling way to spend a day I have ever experienced. I felt so accomplished by the end nothing mattered.
My labor plan was simple, no pit, no interventions, just an epidural.
My daughter started coming first at 29 weeks, when i started with contractions and leaking amniotic fluid. I was told after tests and u/s that the fluid was nicely regenerating so they were able to send me home each time i went in (about 5 times lol) and be on light activity.
At 36 weeks i started getting very light headed and dizzy and found out that i had toxemia (pre eclampsia spelling?) My legs were swollen through my thighs, couldn't get on shoes, socks, or sandals even. My bp was very high. I was sent home on full bed rest laying down.
I went in a couple times besides my regular twice weekly appointments thinking my water had actually broken, but was sent home each time. At 37 weeks 2 days my water officially broke when i was getting off the couch to go to the bathroom. I went into the hospital and was admitted right away.
The doctor on call was very busy with emergency c-sections that night so didn't want to deal with me. She gave me a sleeping pill to slow labor and left me till 5am. I was put on pit at 5am (though should have refused that and the sleeping pill in hindsight but wasn't one to speak up for myself at the time). Shortly after being put on pit my contractions came on heavy, and were all in my back. They went to a baseline of 6 and never came down, one right on top of another. My daughters heart rate went into the 60s with each peak and it was very scary.
After three hours not being able to catch a breath and her low heart rate I asked for the epi, as well as the pit to be stopped/slowed down. That's when she flipped and I progressed very well. I feel if i never had the pit or sleeping pill it would have been much much easier. I pushed for 2 hours and had a mirror, that was amazing to see her as she entered the world, and also i could see how i was doing and better focus the push where it was needed. i dint rip and had no apesiotomy (?spelling) which was amazing. I was in labor for 19 hrs not including the 8 weeks prior of leaking amniotic fluid, which ended up being from a second sac that had formed. (turns out I had two, one inside the other). She was born 5lbs 6.7 oz 19.5 inches long. she went home at 5lbs 4oz and dropped to 4lbs 12oz before working on my milk supply with help.
I held my daughter, completely oblivious to the new complication, for 40 minutes. Then my Dr got my attention and told me my placenta was not detaching. Before I could question what he was doing, and after my epi was completely worn off, he reached in and tore out my placenta. I screamed bloody murder and asked someone to take my daughter, because i felt like i was squeezing her. It hurt much worse than pushing her out because she was smaller than the doctors fist by far, and no medicine.
I was in physical therapy for 3 months till El was 7 months old. I have not only switched ob's but also hospitals for everything. At the new hospital my Dr. will be with me when I am in labor and deliver no matter what. I will also stick up for myself this time as i know my body and what it is capable of. I hope to still have an epi but no pit or sleeping pill. I look forward to my labor and delivery with number 2!
First one was sorta to plan (she was having heart decels so ended up being monitored both external and internal and had an epi in case of emergency. She was also assisted with forceps to get her out faster because of the heart issues), second one was mostly to plan (born drug free 18 minutes after we got to the hospital).
Me: Christa, 41
DH: Craig, 47 (Married: 8/19/05)
DD: Kendall Evelyn (10/6/06)
DS: Quentin Vincent (4/14/09)
: November 2012@ 10 weeks (due date: 6/22/13)
: June 2013 @ 7-1/2 weeks (due date: 2/10/14)
: December 2013 @ 4 weeks (due date: 8/9/14)
: April 2014 @ 4 weeks (due date: 1/1/15)
: July 2014 @ 4 weeks - Chemical (due date: 3/5/15 )