- 4 years ago
- Wedding: June 2012
I know I always LOVE reading everyone’s birth stories, so I thought I’d type up mine before time goes any faster and I forget it all!
Basically, I had a really easy, uncomplicated pregnancy. I was charting when we conceived, and by my ovulation date, my due date was 9/22/13, but by my LMP and early ultrasound measurements, my OB’s office had my due date as 9/17/13. Right towards the end of 2nd trimester and the beginning of 3rd, I started noticing BH contractions periodically throughout the day, no pain, just my uterus noticeably tightening. At my 37-week appointment, I had the Group B Strep done so my OB went ahead and checked me and I was a finger tip dilated and about 50% effaced. When I was 38 weeks on Labor Day (strangely enough), I started having pretty uncomfortable and time-able contractions, about 6-8 min apart for a few hours. I thought it was the real deal and we had no bags packed yet, so we got ready to go and by the time I had baby’s bag packed and half of mine, the contractions stopped. At my appointment the next day I didn’t get checked.
After that, I didn’t have anymore labor-like spells until I was 40 weeks 3 days, when I started having time-able, painful contractions again. I REALLY thought it was the real deal this time since I was overdue and my OB did a membrane sweep at my 40 week appointment 3 days ago (which hurt BAD, but my OB was confident it would jump-start labor for me…), where I was 3 cm dilated and about 70% effaced. Well, they stopped again after a few hours and never really picked back up after that. Boooo the membrane sweep didn’t seem to have worked. At my 40 week appointment, he asked if I wanted to go ahead and schedule an induction for 41 weeks or another appointment in the clinic–I chose induction, even though throughout my entire pregnancy I hoped I would not have to be induced, I was TIRED of being pregnant and my maternity leave was ticking away, so I thought 41 weeks was plenty late enough to get induced.
So, on the day before my scheduled induction, I called my OB office to get instructions on what I should do. I had a bit of a panick moment when the nurse said that they had me scheduled for an induction on OCTOBER 1st, an entire week later, but thank goodness we got everything cleared up and I was still able to go in the next morning to get induced. It was actually really nice to know when we would be going to the hospital, the day before I was able to clean the entire house, get all the laundry done, and get all of our bags packed and re-checked. DH was able to mow the lawn and we had a nice, peaceful last evening as just the 2 of us. Having a set date also allowed my mom to come down the night before (she lives 3 hours away) as I REALLY wanted her there during labor and delivery (she’s a mid-level and an excellent labor coach).
So on September 24 when I was exactly 41 weeks per my OB’s calculations, we headed to the hospital at 6 a.m. to get induced. I got checked in relatively quickly and when the nurse checked me, I was already 4-5 cm dilated and 90% effaced, which is a great place to start for induction. They had the pitocin going by 6:45 a.m. Since I was being induced, I did have to have constant fetal monitoring and contraction monitoring, but I was OK with that. They can titrate the pitocin from 2 units all the way up to 20 units to get contractions where they need to be, and at only 4 units I started having good, strong, regular contractions. They really didn’t hurt that bad at first, just like bad period cramps at first (like everyone says). My OB came in and checked me at about 7:45 and I was already at a 6, so he broke my water. They thought there was maybe meconium at first, but as more fluid gushed out it was nice and clear, so it must have just been some spotting from me or something, but it gave me a mini-heart attack!
So after my water was broke, the contractions started to get nice and super painful, and my nurse said that if I wanted an epidural, now was the time to ask for it because it takes them about 45 min-1 hour to get everything prepared and get the epidural placed. I agreed and got up and went to the bathroom 1 more time. The nurse was totally right, and 45-ish minutes later I was in A LOT of pain and soooo thankful when they got the epidural in without a hitch. The epidural placement actually hurt LESS than getting my IV started and blood drawn, so if you are at all worried about the pain from the needle stick for the anesthetic, don’t be, it isn’t bad at all!
After I got the epiduralaround 9:15 a.m., I couldn’t even tell I was having contractions. It was sweet, sweet relief from the very painful contractions and I was able to relax and shut my eyes a little. I was still able to move my legs around the entire time, so I was glad I didn’t feel paralyzed. My contractions were coming pretty close together (which can put stress on the baby), so the nurse turned off the Pitocin. Unfortunately, when she checked me around 10 a.m., I hadn’t made much progress and was still at a 6, even though I was still having very frequent contractions. They decided to place an internal pressure monitor into my uterus right up next to the baby to better monitor my contractions so they could turn the pitocin back on. An in-house resident came and placed the internal monitor and the pitocin got turned back on around 11 a.m. When the resident placed it, she thought I was about a 7 or 8, so I might have been making some progress after all, but they decided to turn the pitocin back on anyways but still only at 4 units.
Around noon, I started to feel…icky. I was getting slightly nauseous, dizzy, and was having a bit of back pain. Good old transition time! The nausea and back pain got worse, and I started having pain in my lower abdomen again. I am SOOOO thankful I had the epidural, because the pain I was experiencing now was not fun at all, but tolerable I guess. I can’t even imagine how bad it would have been without an epidural! The nurse checked me again around 1:15 and I was basically complete except for an anterior lip. The pain kept getting worse so she turned my epidural up slightly, but it didn’t really help. I didn’t even care that much because I knew I was close to the end!
At 2 pm I was complete and ready to push. I got a little overwhelmed at this point and started crying, a combination of OMG I am going to meet my son soon! And, holy crap, can I do this?! But then as soon as I started pushing, I was on a god damn mission and turned my focus on getting this baby out! Guess that worked because at 2:40 baby was really close to coming out and my OB was not there yet. They told me to stop pushing, and my OB didn’t show up until 3 pm!!! 20 minutes of him just hanging out in my birth canal, haha! Once again, thank GOD I had an epidural because I don’t think I would have been able to “stop” pushing if I was in a ton of pain.
Anyhow, my OB showed up at 3:00 and our son was born at 3:08 p.m. It is SUCH an incredible feeling when your baby pops out and you get to see them for the first time! An emotion I can’t even describe, but just truly amazing. Right when he came out he pooped and peed all over my OB (payback for him being late I suppose :P) and they put him up on my chest and looked up at me and it was all just so amazing.
DH cut his cord and they took him to do his apgar scores (7 and 9) while my OB got to work sewing me up…I ended up with a second degree tear and para-urethral tears on both sides. Ouch. He weighed 8 lbs 15 oz and was 21.5 inches long, so a very big boy, which could explain the tearing. They gave him back to me and he was awake and alert and latched on to breast feed really well and suckled for about 15 minutes. We got off to a great start and I was one proud mommy!
So overall, I was nervous my entire pregnancy about having to get induced and it ended up being an incredible birth experience anyways, I feel very blessed. Only 8 total hours from the time they started the pitocin and only an hour or so of pushing and the pain really wasn’t that bad. Plus, I really think him being 41 weeks resulted in him being incredibly healthy and so far a really easy baby. Breast feeding is going amazingly and he was only down 6 oz from his birth weight at our first pediatrician appointment. If I could totally skip pregnancy and just give birth for subsequent children, that’d be awesome…lol, kidding, but every ache/pain/annoyance of pregnancy was SO worth it. At the same time, it feels incredible to not be pregnant anymore and have my beautiful baby boy here to hold and love. No more heartburn, no more waddling around all huge, whoohoo!
DH and I are incredibly in love with our little boy. I am still on the mend a little with my pretty traumatized perineal area, but as long as I keep taking my Ibuprofen around the clock, the pain isn’t too bad. It’s nice to have such an adorable little distraction from it all, too. 🙂
And, without further a do, here is Carson Jacob.
Shortly after he was born with his completely infatuated daddy 🙂 ^
1 day old ^