- 7 years ago
Things had been going pretty well so far. I’d been having contractions that I couldn’t sleep through since 3 am on Monday and it was now 4 am on Tuesday, so I was a bit tired but feeling decent. Once my water broke things changed a bit. We called the hospital and decided to go in right away since dr and my mom were all saying fast delivery.
The hospital was only about a 10 minute drive away but I was becoming uncomfortable very fast, sitting was NOT fun. Once I got to the delivery room they wanted to test to make sure my water had really broken, which meant lying in bed, and for me sucked. I’m really not sure what took so long, the tests kept being inconclusive until the nurse decided to do a more sensitive test. So an hour later she finally said oh yeah, you’re a keeper – though I have no idea how I would have mistaken my water breaking for something else.
My birth plan was kinda laid back and just to see how things went, a quick labor I was all for doing natural but I knew I didn’t want to do some 24 hour painfest. At that point I was in a decent amount of pain but still thinking everything’s right around the corner and I’m a tough cookie so lets try some of these coping techniques out. My husband though went to touch my back and I realized everything hurt, he couldn’t even gently touch me without it shooting pain all over. I have no idea why I became so touch sensitive. But when I tried the shower, the heat felt alright but the water drops honestly hurt, it was crazy how sensitive my body was. At this point I was having contractions anywhere from a few seconds to few minutes apart. I got checked and they said I was 5-6 cm. For some reason everyone decided this was great and was congratulatory. But they said once you hit that point you have to be monitored for a half hour every hour….sucks. Laying in bed was not an option, the birthing ball was the most uncomfortable thing ever, so they brought me a rocker and I rocked the crap out of the contractions. Don’t know why I couldn’t sit in a chair but I could in a rocker but it worked.
An hour and a half later, still having frequent contractions, I get checked again and am 6-7, ugh, moving sooo slow. the OB comes and puts her face at the level of mine when I get back in the rocker to say you’re doing great and I vomited exorcist style several times….luckily I turned my head fast enough so I didn’t vomit on her but it was a lot of projectile puke. Another hour and a half of pain….I’m now being quite vocal during contractions, a bit embarassing but at that point I didn’t give a crap, and I’m still 6-7 cm. This goes on for a bit but after 7 hours of being at the hospital I finally decide this labor is moving at a snails pace and it’s time for the epidural. With each new level of pain I had a feeling of I can’t do this, and then found a way to cope (though the breathing techniques were not helpful for me) and realized I could do this, but I just got to a point where I didn’t want to do it anymore. My blood pressure had gone up the week before labor so I was no longer worried that the epidural was going to cause too bad of a drop. Baby so far had been doing great through all the contractions and her heartrate staying pretty consistent, sometimes even going slightly up during contractions.
Once I got the epidural though my contractions absolutely stopped. A new OB came in and told the nurse to start pitocin, I said I’d prefer to wait a bit to see if contractions would start again on their own, she said well it won’t work but have fun trying….not sure why it’s a good idea to be snotty to a woman in labor, oh well. So I tried rolling from side to side and flicking my nipples and guess what….contractions started on their own. Baby had gotten a bit of a too steady heart rate so moving from side to side also helped cause enough fluctuation in heart rate that they weren’t too worried but still decided to give me some oxygen to help out. After an hour and a half I was still at 7-8 and the OB was being quite antsy and the nurse had reassured me that they would only start at one drop an hour and stop immediately if her heart rate became irregular. So I tried to confirm that with the snot OB and she just said I’m not doing anything to hurt your baby…..which didn’t answer the question.
Anyway I got the pitocin and kept playing with the nipples and my contractions did start increasing even more. They increased the pitocin just a bit after an hour and I started getting nervous, although her heartrate had been super steady all through other contractions as soon as I had just a bit of pitocin her heartrate started dropping with every contraction….it was still fine and in the very safe area but she definately responded differently. After a couple hours on pitocin my husband and I noticed her heart rate take a nose dive with each contraction. After a few of these I sent him to go get someone, no one was watching her monitor so they were a bit surprised, grrrrrrrrrrrrrr. But someone came to check me and I was at 10 cm, and they tried to reassure me at this point it was normal for her heartrate to drop that much, but they were losing my trust quite fast.
I was trying to breathe her down/labor down slowly before the OB got there and it was time to push but they kept scolding me for that. When it was time to push I was thoroughly freaked out by her heartrate dropping even though they were telling me it was fine. They made me do the whole hold your breath and push for 10 seconds thing, even though everywhere says that’s a good way to not get enough oxygen and cause tearing. But only a couple pushes and she was out (what happens with a freaked out mommy), and a second degree tear.
The snot OB went from being a complete ass to the sweetest woman in the world once the baby was born and cooed over the baby and gave us a lot of time with her before taking her to the nursery. Baby reconized my voice and calmed down as soon as she heard my voice and she laid on my chest for a few minutes, then she was taken away to get wiped and suctioned off and screamed again until she heard my husbands voice and again calmed down. He held her for a bit then and then I nursed her, which has been going really well. She stayed with us for probably an hour after being born before it was time to get bathed and weighed, which was really nice.
She is a really awesome little baby so the 12.5 hours of labor after water breaking (or 37.5 hours from when I couldn’t sleep anymore) it was all worth it, it went differently than I expected but it all turned out just fine. And if you have any questions I’ll be happy to answer here or by PM if it’s a bit TMI.