- 6 years ago
- Wedding: August 2010
Ok so I will describe pre- during and post- labour and delivery, and sorry if it’s so long!
At my 41 week appointment on June 12 my doctor did a membrane strip/sweep (this was my second sweep since obviously my first sweep at the 40 week appointment didn’t work). Up until then I had no contractions and no real signs that labour was on it’s way. At that appointment my doctor also scheduled me in for an induction to take place at 8 am on Thursday June 14th. Wednesday rolls around and I told DH there is no way I want to go in for that induction. I really wanted to do it naturally. So I ventured out at lunch time to weed the garden. I was nicely going along and started getting what felt like period cramps. I ignored them and kept on going. Well as I was going along they seemed to get more frequent and to the point where I needed to stop and hunch over to get through them. I figured I was just overdoing it so I decided to go back into the house and relax for a bit. As I was sitting on the couch these pains kept on coming and going. I decided that it was time to start timing these pains and see if there is a pattern. Sure enough about every 7 minutes they were coming on. DH was at work so I texted him and told him I think i’m getting contractions but they weren’t all that painful so it may just be false labour. I told him I was going to take a shower to see if it helped. During that time DH came home and told me to relax and keep timing the contractions while he gets all the last minute items packed up to head to the hospital. I sat on the yoga ball and kept timing the contractions, they were getting closer together, about 4-5 minutes apart. We himmed and hawwed about whether we should go in yet or not. We live 45 minutes from the hospital and really didn’t want to drive all the way in and then get sent home. Well, the contractions were now about 4 minutes apart and DH said, “Ok that’s it were going in”. So we headed in and it was getting to the point where I couldn’t talk through the contractions. Well we get into the city and I thought it was a good idea to pick up something to eat before heading to the hospital. We picked up a sandwich, wolfed it down and headed into the hospital. They hooked me up to the monitors and did an internal check and sure enough, I was dilated to 3 cms, which means I was getting admitted. The nurses brought me into my delivery room and at this point I was starting to get some excruciating contractions. I immediately took advantage of the jacuzzi tub. I sat in the tub for a good hour or so. I got out of the tub and walked about 10 steps and POP…there goes my water. I called for the nurses and told them my water had just broken. They came in and hooked me back up to the monitors and did another internal check. I was already up to 5 cms! But by now the contractions were so very painful that I was already starting to have to scream (I always thought I wouldn’t be a screamer!). I should add that I was admitted at 6pm, my water broke by 8pm. I stayed in bed for the rest of labour since the thought of even sitting up was way to impossible. My doctor had arrived shortly after 8 and had did another internal check, I was already at 6 cms and pushing 7cms. I was in so much pain. My doctor said that with each contraction I was already starting to push so I had to do my best to not hold my breath during the contractions. It got to the point where I told DH that I don’t think I can handle another contraction. So I opted for the epidural (I had wanted to go med free but had kept my options open should I needed it.) It took about 15 minutes for the Anesthetist to arrive and they started the epidural. He had a hard time inserting it since I was shaking so uncontrollably but eventually he was able to administer it. I never felt that instant relief like I had thought I would feel. It took about 15 minutes for it to kick in and once it did, WOW, it was so worth it. I was able to lay in bed and relax and have a conversation with DH and my mom. By this time it was about 9 pm and DH decided to go out to our car for a nap. My mom took a short nap on the cot in the room I was in. At midnight they did another internal check and I was fully dilated! From 6pm to midnight I dilated 7 cms. My mom phoned DH to get back in the hospital thinkig that it was time to get going! So sitting there at midnight fully dilated, each contraction was coming at 4 minutes apart and in order to push they wanted them to be at least 2-3 minutes apart. They took away my epidural button hoping that would speed up the contractions. At 4 am there was no change in contraction times so they decided it was time to start to push the baby down the canal. So we started doing some trial pushes. Well at 4 minute intervals, the baby would get pushed down the canal and move all the way back up so I was really making no progress. Also the epidural was wearing off so the contractions were getting MAJOR painful again. At 5:30 they decided to administer oxytocin to help speed up the contractions. Well this had the opposite effect on me. My contractions start going to 5 mins apart and the 6 minutes and up to 8 minutes apart. The nurses had never encountered this before. AWESOME! So by 6:30 my doctor was called in and she had demanded to give me some epidural (yay!) and that it was time to get baby out. They cranked up the oxytocin and I started pushing again. I pushed and pushed and still not a whole lot of progress. During one set of pushes the babies heart rate dropped to about 90 bpm. They called in the hospital OB and once she came in the heart rate stayed stable at 160, where she was the whole time other than that one contraction. I was able to push baby to the point where she was crowning but couldn’t get past that point. I was offered the vacuum at this point. I asked lots of questions, like side effects, and the doctor said it will just give the baby a conehead but that disappears within hours. She also said that by using it the baby would possibly be out in 5 minutes. I instantly said “DO IT”. They hooked it up, I pushed and stalled out during the “ring of fire” point, which wasn’t too awful. Next contraction, I was able push the head out and one more push and baby was born! Best feeling ever! I ended up with a second degree tear.
Recovery has been a painfuly process. The stitches are very very painful and it has made it very hard to care for baby. I have to get DH to bring baby to me most of the time. I am using the peri bottle and soaking in a salt bath about 3 times a day. That has offered some relief but it’s still very painful. Breastfeeding has been going very good. Baby is a veteran breastfeeder that’s for sure! Nipples are very tender but holding up so far.
Here is our precious little Embrie Rose:
8lbs 6oz 21 14″ long 8:05am June 14th