- 3 years ago
- Wedding: June 2011
For several weeks before my due date (April 9), I’ve been having bouts of prodromal labor including a visit to L&D triage at 34 weeks and an overnight stay at 36 weeks. I had a few other episodes afterward but DH and I kept waiting for the contractions to get stronger and closer together but they never did. On Thursday, April 3 I woke up periodically throughout the night having contractions. They were getting pretty intense so DH and I decided to go to L&D because my DD12’s birth was very quick and we didn’t want to be on the evening news because we delivered a baby on the side of the road. Well we checked in and after an hour or two of walking, I barely made any progress. I had been sitting at 3cm and 80% effaced for weeks. They told us we could go home and try some methods of helping labor along. We decided to walk the nearby mall instead since it was more interesting. Well, nothing was happening so we went home and the contractions essentially stopped….AGAIN.
I went to work on Friday and everything was totally fine; no contractions, some cramping here and there, but overall nothing. It was the end of the day and I went to the bathroom before leaving work and lost my mucus plug (so gross btw). I was totally excited because I finally thought that maybe things were actually going to get started. I went home and relaxed a bit. At one point, I stood up and felt a small gush and ran to the bathroom (luckily I had a liner in). Sure enough, my water broke! I called DH excitedly to hurry home and at the advice of my midwife, we waited for contractions to start….they never did.
The next morning, April 6, we decided to go to the hospital as I was having zero to minor contractions. We decided to get a bit of a nudge from Pitocin (since I couldn’t seem to go into active labor on my own) and they started me at 2ml around 12pm or so, upping the level by 2ml about every ½ hour or so. We had a few visitors and they had bumped up the dosage to 8ml about ½ hour beforehand, something literally changed. At that point contractions were getting regular but nothing crazy that I couldn’t handle, not too painful, but getting more intense. Well at about 2:30pm I felt a hard movement against my pelvis and almost like two super painful punches or something and that triggered something. I’m convinced at that point the baby shifted its head and got into position.
Contractions immediately started coming HARD. DH was absolutely wonderful; he was so supportive, held my hands, rubbed my lower back, and talked me through each contraction. At 3pm they checked me and I was 7cm dilated. I was elated! Contractions were getting stronger and stronger and I wasn’t sure I could handle it. I almost asked for Staydol to help me get through but the urge to push was so strong. They checked me again around 3:40pm and I was 9.5cm with a tiny lip of cervix to go. The urge to push was so strong and after about 15 minutes the nurse let me do a test push. Something was going right because she called for the midwife immediately.
I started pushing at 4pm, which was so scary and different from just getting through the contractions. After the first real push, I almost lost it – but I asked for a mirror to see what I was doing. Once I had the mirror I was completely silent during pushing and so focused on getting the baby out. The head came out first and the burning was so intense….but nothing compared to the shoulders and chest where I let out a scream and the baby popped out and was placed on my chest.
After just 10 minutes of pushing our baby GIRL, named Molly May, was born! We were team green and DH saw that she was a girl and yelled it out! She weighed in at 6lbs 14oz and 19 ½ inches long. Amazingly I didn’t tear at all, I just had one or two “abrasions” and honestly, felt amazing afterward. I was just a bit sore and only used an ice pack in the hospital immediately after birth for about an hour or two. I seriously was in amazement at how well I felt after her birth because I remember how I felt after DD12’s birth. With that said, the recovery has been great, just the normal uterine after pains and soreness. A week later and my swelling is completely gone, bleeding is light, and very few blood clots.
We breastfed about 20-30 minutes after birth and she latched on well and fed for 25 minutes. We’ve since worked out a few kinks but breastfeeding is going really well. She struggled latching onto my left side but I think I’ve figured out that positioning was keeping her from latching on correctly. The worst was that my left nipple was cracked and sore – but thankfully seems to be healing nicely now. Lanolin is my best friend.
We are so in love with our little girl and are enjoying every moment with her.