Just for fun, tell me about the birth of your first baby! :)

posted 3 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

What was your due date? Aug 11/13

What date was LO actually born? July 27th/13

What was the baby’s weight/length? 6 pounds 11 ounces, 19″ long

What was your first indication that you were going into labour? My water broke 🙂 At the time I wasn’t sure that that’s what it was. I was sitting on the toilet and I leaned over to turn on the light and a bunch of fluid poured out. It wasn’t a ton, so that’s what through me off. It continued to dribble out for about an hour. After about an hour my contractions came out of no where hard and fast. 

How long were you in labour? Well, my water broke at 8am and she was born at 1:49. So less than 6 hours, less than 5 hours after my contractions started.

What interventions were used, if any? I was taking raspberry leaf tea, evening primrose oil, bouncing on a yoga ball a ton. I put my breast pump on, I read that nipple stimulation can take 3 days to work.. 3 days after I put on the pump I went into labour. Also, my mom told me that my grandma told her that if you walk on the sidewalk.. with one foot on the sidewalk and one foot on the road that it will kickstart your labour.. my mom said it worked for her. The night before my hubs and I were walking and I told him that then did it as a joke. Maybe that helped haha.

Did you use any drugs/medication during birth? I tried the laughing gas and basically wanted to throw the tank across the room. It made me super thirsty. They gave me a shot of fentanyl after, it didn’t do much though.

Did you have a birth plan and if so, was it used successfully? My birth plan was to go in with an open mind and see what happened. So I guess you could say it was successful. I didn’t want a written plan incase things didn’t go according to plan. I just wanted to go with the flow. That worked well for me.

Do you have any regrets about how the birth went and would you do anything different next time? Nope, it went as best as it could I think.  I honestly wouldn’t change anything. Well, my husband was at work and as I went from 0 to full on labour very quickly, it would have been nice to have him home. 

 Do you have any relaxation techniques to share? It’s hard to explain, but I pictured ‘pain’ as an object. So when the pain became bad, I pictured myself standing infront of the pain so that I could stay in control of it. If I let the pain get infront of me then it had control. I don’t know how to explain it, but it helped keep me focused on staying focused.

Worst part of giving birth?  Baby dropped really low very quickly. After birth I was really bruised inside, it was really uncomfortable for about a week. However, I didn’t tear so I can’t complain haha.

Best part of giving birth? The whole experience was pretty amazing. I think I’m lucky that I’m a women and get to experience it. That last push when she came out just felt like such a relief. Then, when the placenta comes out, you just feel so empty, it felt pretty good to have a normal stomach again.

Any tips for other first time mamas? Just enjoy everything. Everything is over so quick, just enjoy being pregnant, enjoy labour ( haha ) and enjoy the first days.  My daughter is 5 months old and I have the WORST baby fever again. I just want to experience it all over again. Try and relax. I ate ice chips between every contraction at the hospital to try and stay hydrated. Advil helped after birth with the swelling of everything.  One of my favorite products for the baby was the Bloomin’ Bath. Made bath time really easy. Hmm not sure what else. 

Enjoy these last few weeks 🙂 Good luck with your delivery, you’ll do great!

 

 

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

What was your due date? June 20

What date was LO actually born? May 20

What was the baby’s weight/length? 5lb 17oz

What was your first indication that you were going into labour? Bleeding

How long were you in labour? 1 week. After water broke, 12 hours.

What interventions were used, if any? Something to stop labor as he was a month early and morphine. After my water broke, pitocin.

Did you use any drugs/medication during birth? Epidural

Did you have a birth plan and if so, was it used successfully? Yes and, with an early birth, no.

Do you have any regrets about how the birth went and would you do anything different next time? I don’t have regrets. Next time, I hope I am able to stay pregnant for the full 9 months.

Do you have any relaxation techniques to share? When in pain, I use a technique taught to me when I was much younger. If you think of the pain as electricity and “ground it out” by firmly planting your feet and hands, it helps me get through just about anything.

Worst part of giving birth? The pain afterward. No one prepared me for how much pain I would be in the next day.

Best part of giving birth? It being over? Meeting my son?

Any tips for other first time mamas? Hang in there!

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@LyndzJM:  I’m glad I’m not the only one with a unique pain management technique!

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I hope more people post on this I’m interested to read the stories and tips!

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@MsJ2theZ:  Same here! I love the insight gained from the ladies above. Thanks! 🙂

Post # 8
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Bumble Beekeeper

My first LO was born 30 yrs. ago this week.  lol.  

Born on his due date!

Contractions-never got regular. Started at 9 minutes apart, 9-7-9-7, then 7-5-7-5, then 5-3-5-3 .  Then my mom got nervous and told us to go to the hospital! My water never broke! The doctor had to break the membrane.

Labor-less than 4 hours after I got to the hospital.

Interventions-I don’t remember. lol. Ice chips made me sick-but sour charms pops did not!!

They gave me something to relax me when I went into transition “to take the edge off” and I had to get on all 4’s so he could partially turn.

Other than that -Lamaze breathing techniques. 

I didn’t want to do any meds. I did tear a little bit, so the dr. did an episiotomy but neither was too bad.  

Transition when the baby turned, and waiting for the dr. to get into the room to push were the “worst” parts of labor, lol. 

Best part: Skin to Skin contact immediately after birth/baby getting cleaned up. 😀

I’ve heard that swaddling babies helps them sleep so had I heard that prior to having my babies I would have asked the nurses to teach me because my LO cried the whole first night! -Although it could have been from overstimulation from bringing him to my grandmother”s before going home?!

Definitely take it easy/ take care of yourself after birth-bring home everything from the hospital, cause you’ll be charged for it anyway 😉  Using a bidet and tucks pads after birth is awesome!-take it easy, sleep when the baby does. 

 

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

@As_You_Wish:  

 

What was your due date?

 

september 29th! (2012)

 

What date was LO actually born?

 

October 1st 🙂 

 

What was the baby’s weight/length?

 

8 lbs 3 oz. And he was 20.5 inches long

 

What was your first indication that you were going into labour?

 


I woke up at like, 6:00 in the morning to pee and there was a lot of bloody show. I had a contraction five minutes later!

 

How long were you in labour?

 

From first contraction to baby on my chest it was a total of about 46 hrs

 

What interventions were used, if any?

 

none! ETA: I was given a bit of pitocin when I was admited after I got my epidural. My contractions hadn’t been super regular from the start so they wanted to help them along I guess. 

 

Did you use any drugs/medication during birth?

 

Yes, an epidural that did not take all the way. I was numb to regular contractions, but I completely felt the “urge to push” and the “ring of fire” when pushing. Sorry if this is TMI 🙂

 

Did you have a birth plan and if so, was it used successfully?

 

Not really. I knew I wanted to labor at home for a while, which I did, and that I wanted to TRY for a natural birth, but I wouldn’t feel bad if that didn’t happen. 

 

Do you have any regrets about how the birth went and would you do anything different next time?

 

No regrets! I’m very happy with how my birth turned out 🙂 As of right now I’m not really planning on being pregnant ever again, but if it happens or something changes I’ll go with a midwife next time as opposed to an OBGYN.

 

Do you have any relaxation techniques to share?

 

A hot bath or shower (I alternated between the two when I was at home) worked WONDERS for me! I labored at home all night long in the bath and I really feel that it helped tremendously! 

 

Worst part of giving birth?

 

The “urge to push,” I think. It started just after I was checked and confirmed to be at 7 cm. My body was basically folding itself if half against my will. Like, I HAD to push, my body was making me with each contraction. The nurse told me not to or I’d make my cervix swell. I lasted 20 minutes before I couldn’t fight the urge any longer. I’d gone from a 7 to a 10 in that time. I’ll never forget the nurse’s reaction after my husband told her I was having trouble. “Alright, lets see what’s going on he’ OH!!! OH IT’S TIME TO HAVE A BABY!!!!” AHAHHA! 

 

Best part of giving birth?

 

Besides the fact that I now had my new little bundle to snuggle I think the nurses were the best part. I’d heard so many horror stories about how awful hospital births were and how nasty the nurses can be, pushing things on you that you don’t want. I really got lucky. They were so supportive of all of my choices and very encouraging and helpful! And they were all so sweet and nice to talk to. 

 

Any tips for other first time mamas?

 


1.) This new job you’ve found yourself in is awesome and awful and hard and messy and rewarding all at the same time. There’s really nothing else like it, and no matter how many books you’ve read there are just some things you can’t KNOW until you get there. Breath. You’ll work it out. You’ll get through the messes and sleeplessness and frustration. You will not be perfect at this and you’ll make mistakes and have regrets. IT’S OKAY. 

 

2.) DO NOT compare. Don’t compare yourself to other moms and don’t compare your child to other children. There will be the mom that looks like she has it ALL together all the time, while you feel like you’re barely hanging on. Things aren’t always what they seem. You’re doing great! There will be kids that seem to be advancing quicker than your kid. THey all develop at their own rates. Odds are you’re baby is doing just fine. (But of course talk to your Pedi if your truly concerned)

 

3.)You’re going to get a lot of advice. Smile and say thank you, but trust your gut. You don’t have to use every piece of advice if it doesn’t sit well with you. 

 

THAT WAS A LOT. I’m done now, though 🙂 

 

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Bump! Love these stories! More please 🙂

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Great idea for a thread! I love the birth story posts, so this is like a Cliffs Notes version 🙂

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

Great thread! Keep em coming

Post # 14
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2015

What was your due date? 

july 11th

What date was LO actually born?

July 9th

What was the baby’s weight/length?

20.5 ” long, 9lbs 3oz

What was your first indication that you were going into labour?


I thought my water broke. (Just peed myself lol)

How long were you in labour?

5 hours

What interventions were used, if any?

midwife broke broke my water. 

Did you use any drugs/medication during birth?

no.

Did you have a birth plan and if so, was it used successfully? no plan, just went with the flow.

Do you have any regrets about how the birth went and would you do anything different next time? My only regret is my son’sfather! (Not my fiance!Lol!)

Do you have any relaxation techniques to share? just remind yourself the pain is temporary and it won’t last forever. That’s what got me through..

Worst part of giving birth? recovering.

Best part of giving birth? getting a baby!

Any tips for other first time mamas? Don’t listen to birth horror stories, trust your body, and your doctor/midwife. 

 
 
 

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

What was your due date? 12/10/13

What date was LO actually born? 12/12/13

What was the baby’s weight/length? 8 lb 15 oz 20 1/2 inches

What was your first indication that you were going into labour? Contractions and a trickle that I thought might have been my water breaking. I went to the doctor to confirm and as she went to look it broke all over her

How long were you in labour? 22 hours

What interventions were used, if any? Because my water broke before I was truly in labor and because I was only 1 cm dilated to begin with they had to use pitocin to ensure I delivered by the 24 hour mark to avoid infection.

Did you use any drugs/medication during birth? Yes I had an epidural 

Did you have a birth plan and if so, was it used successfully? I went in with an open mind but I wanted to avoid induction by pitocin at all costs and I wanted to try for a natural birth. After 4 hours of super intense contractions (2 minutes apart lasting 90 seconds each so only a 30 second break in between) they told me I had only progressed to 3 cm. That meant my contractions weren’t making me progress fast enough so I had to have pitocin. That’s when I said ok I might as well go for the epidural too.

Do you have any regrets about how the birth went and would you do anything different next time? I’ll make sure my husband doesn’t tell my mom I’m in labor. She was super aggressive and invasive trying to get updates and she told everybody so I was getting stupid texts from people that weren’t helpful. My half sister told me not to have the baby on 12/12 because its her ex’s birthday. I am also going to be finding a new doctor that’s affiliated with a hospital that has tubs and allows you to eat at least small snacks during labor. 

Do you have any relaxation techniques to share? Not really, I was thankful that I had honey sticks because I wasn’t allowed to eat, they helped keep my energy and blood sugar up.

Worst part of giving birth? Horrible heartburn because I was so hungry.

Best part of giving birth? The moment my baby came out. 

Any tips for other first time mamas? If at any point you don’t feel comfortable with your doctors switch ASAP, don’t plan on finishing this pregnancy with this doctor.

 

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@sit1010:  i completely misread 12/10/13 as the 12th of october so i had a good few mins amazed and horrified that your baby came 12/12…12th december. then i realised in the US you write dates in a different way to how we do it in the UK haha

this is a great thread! though unnerving because in my head i thought all first babies came late!

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