- 6 years ago
- Wedding: May 2013
My due date was January 17th, and my entire pregnancy I had ZERO issues. No morning sickness, no blood pressure issues, and only gained 17 lbs…
This is going to have some Too Much Information, but it’s birth so here we go…
On Thursday January 8, I had my 39 week appointment,where I had my first internal exam. At that point I was 1 CM dilated and 50% effaced. I scheduled my 1 week follow up for January 15.
Sunday January 11 I lost my mucus plug, but I knew that it meant nothing and that I could not go into labor for another week or more. It still for me excited bc it was progress.
The doctor would always tell me at every appointment that if I was leaking any fluid to call. Wednesday January 14, I had some leakage, which I thought could have been pee.. So I was waiting to see if it happened again. I went grocery shopping and ran some errands and when I got home, my undies were wet again. So it def wasn’t pee. I called the doctor and she had me come in to test the fluid to see if it was my waters… Turns out it wasn’t and it was probably some mucus plug just hanging around. I was still 1 CM and now 60% effaced.
That night around 10 pm, I had my bloody show. And my Braxton hicks were different but nothing concerning. Again, I knew it didn’t mean a thing. I went to bed, and at 2:00 (Thursday January 15) I was woken up with slight contractions. More then the Braxton hicks that I have had, but nothing horrible. They kept me awake(or maybe it was excitement).. But by 6:30 am I woke hubby up and told him to take the dogs to daycare, and to get ready bc I thought it was go time. I called the doctor and she didn’t believe me bc these contractions I was having weren’t time able. They were every 2 mins, 9 mins, 5 mins. So she thought nothing of them but called labor and deliver to let them know I was on my way. When I got there, I was checked into triage, and had a check and was only 2-3 CM. To be admitted, I had to be 4-5 CM.. They had me start walking the halls. The contractions still weren’t timeable, and no one Believed I was in labor, but I knew it was the start. While walking I had to stop, breath, and have DH help me through them. They freakin hurt.
After an hour or so of walking I was checked and made zero progress. They sent me over to the ultrasound tech to make sure I still had fluid.. Hoping I didn’t so they could admitted me without being dilated. Yep, nothing wrong. I was sent home around 2 with an RX for Tylenol with codeine.
We were eating dinner at 6 and I had to take the codeine. It was getting intense. I tried to rest, but I was in pain. At that point I was up for 16-17 hours with 3 hours sleep. I was most definitely in labor. I was scared to go back to the hospital just to be sent home again. I fought the pain, and tried everything and anything to help the pain. I had DH use tennis balls on my lower back, had him putting pressure on my hips.. All somewhat helped. I had him call my doctor again to let her know that I was in labor no doubt, and to have the hospital have a bed ready for me, but I was gonna stay at home for as long as possible.
Around 12:30 am(now Friday January 16) I had a huge back muscle spasm. It would never relax, and I couldn’t move my left leg because if it. I got in the tub to help ease the pain, but all that did was give me more of a headache trying to get out of the tub with a gimp leg, and contractions that were coming whenever they wanted. I was never able to expect them. It was bam, here they are.
We headed to the hospital, and u was in a pain that I have NEVER experienced before. I couldn’t sit bc it felt like my butt was going to fall out. I thought we were going to get pulled over bc it was 2 am(bars let out) and we were flying to the hospital- 85-90 in a 45.
I get up to triage and they said they were waiting on me for a while. They didn’t even have me undress, the scooted me into a room and did a cervical check. I was 5-6 CM dilated, and 80% effaced. At that point I was taken to l&d and explained that I had to have 2 bags of fluid in me before I could get the epidural. I said that I didn’t want one during the pregnancy, but once I was in labor… Yeah I’m no hero. Thank god the anesthesiologist was amazing bc he have me the epi when I was halfway through the first bad. The epi was the best decision ever!
I was hooked up to the fetal monitor and was able to semi relax. It’s now about 5 am and I jumped to 8 CM in an hour, and was now 90% effaced. Contractions still every 9,2,5,7 mins. They also broke my water at that time too.
Around 530 they started me on pitocin, to try to help thin me out the entire way, and to try to get my contractions more consistent. They feared that with how crazy spaces they were, that I was going to get tired out while pushing and be counter productive. I was laying there resting and a whole bunch of people came rushing in looking like they were going to rush me off into surgery, I instantly freaked out. Turns out baby moved and they lost the heartbeat on the monitor. After readjusting, and having me lay in my left side, everything was okay then. I forgot that the epi pools to where your laying, so I was in my left side for 2 hours, and when they came to put me in my back, I REALLY couldn’t feel my leg. That’s when my doctor came in and checked me and I was ready to push!
We started pushing at 8am and DH literally had to do everything with that leg bc I couldn’t feel a thing!!!
The ring of fire is real. And it sucks, but it’s motivation to keep pushing, and to push harder. After 1 1/2 hours of pushing, 35 hours in labor, which 6 of was with the epi.. On roughly 4 hours of sleep, We welcomed our baby girl into this world. On my brothers birthday!
While I deliveres my placenta(which I didn’t feel at all) and got stitched up, DH and I just held our baby girl. I had the “standard” tear- second degree and needed about 12 stitches to repair.
It’s been 7.5 weeks, and can’t wait to have another baby and to do it all again!!
Now what everyone wants! Pictures!!!
Introducing Juliette Lea, 6 lbs 9 oz. 21 inches long. Born on January 16,2015. 1 day before her due date.