- 3 years ago
- Wedding: February 2012
Hi Bees! I’ve finally been able to sit and type up her birth story!
On Thursday night 9/19 at 10pm I started having lower back pains. I didn’t really think about it at first, but then when I laid down to go to bed I felt a small gush of fluid come out. I ran to the bathroom and the first thought was ‘could that be my water?’ But I convinced myself that it wasn’t-I probably just peed a little and was being a hypochondriac.
Throughout the rest of the night I woke up every hour or so with that backache. It was awful, it would come in waves and then I’d be fine. I didn’t want to think too much about it because I figured if it was labor I would start getting contractions in my stomach-and I wasn’t. DH got up around 5am and left for work. After he left, those pains started coming every 20 minutes or so-again all in my back. It felt like my back was made of glass and it was shattering. I decided to call my drs office when they opened. The nurse told me to go to the hospital and get checked to see if that was my water leaking. DH works over an hour away, so luckily my neighbor was around and took me because I couldn’t drive. We got to the hospital and they tested me with a strip to see if it was amniotic fluid-it was! I had been in labor for almost 12 hours at that point and didn’t realize how far along I was! She checked me internally and I was already 5cm dilated. I was in shock. I couldn’t believe I never felt anything in my stomach area pain wise. I called DH and he arrived an hour later. The doctors decided that since I’ve been ruptured for so long now, they would give me pitocin to make sure I don’t get an infection if the rest of labor took too long. The pitocin made the back pain so unbearable that I was writing around crying. I decided then to get an epidural. It was amazing. I agree with MrsMaska where she said having her epidural was the most comfortable she had been in almost 10 months.
Right after I got my epidural I dilated 5-8cm in one hour. They checked me in another hour and I was complete. By that point I wasn’t in pain, but I could definitely feel the pressure of her being down there. The nurse suggested I do a few practice pushes since this is my first baby and it could be a while. I did one push and she told me to stop, that she could already see her head. So called my dr, who was on his way to see another mother who was ready to push at a nearby hospital (and was not a first time mother) so that I should ‘labor down’ until he got there. So I had to basically stop everything at 10cm and put my legs down and hold her in there for ANOTHER HOUR until I could push. It felt like holding in a giant #2 for an hour.
Once my doctor got there he told me to start pushing. I only pushed for 11 minutes. 4 big pushes was all it took and then she was here!
I now know that no two labor experiences are alike! I can’t believe I had my baby without ever once feeling a contraction in my stomach. Although, I wouldn’t wish back labor on anyone either! The end result is always amazing though!!
This picture was taken as soon as she came out! I thought it was great-the lighting was perfect lol
The second picture was taken when she was a few hours old