Post # 61
Contacts both times. I put them in both times as soon as labor started. My first labor was 6 hours from start to finish and my second was 87 minutes, lol, 7 at the hospital. Just bring a spare set in case and your glasses to put on after.
Post # 62
DVsMom: Thanks! I think that’s going to be my plan. Put contacts when real labor starts and bring drops, and extra set of contacts and the glasses! Those are both super quick deliveries! My best friend went really quick with her second and ended up delivering on the side of the interstate! So I’m glad you made it to the hospital, even if it was only for the last 7 minutes!
Post # 63
I don’t wear contacts anymore because they bother my eyes too much, so glasses are really the only option for me, but if I still used both I would choose glasses. My eyes get dry easily and by the end of a day wearing contacts they would be very uncomfortable. I’d think it would be a lot easier to take glasses off if they’re bothering you than to try to take contacts out without poking your eyes out during contractions.
FWIW I do everything in my glasses, including running and kickboxing and Zumba and stuff, so I can’t imagine labor would be that much more athletic that they would bother me.
Post # 64
I was wearing my contacts when I went into labour. If I’d been wearing glasses I’d have changed into my contacts. I had a quick labour (waters broke 10PM, little boy born at 230AM) and I still had time to take a bath, wash and tie up my hair. I know my glasses would have irritated me! I lent on all 4s in the birthing pool and rested my head on the side so my glasses would have dug into my face. Also, things touching me made me super angry, like my hair bobble digging into my head when I lay down. I think my glasses would have been the same! I took eye drops but did not use them.
Post # 66
UPDATE: In case anyone searches and finds this thread, I thought I’d give an update.
I went into labor around 7:00 PM and was wearing my glasses. I kept the glasses on through early labor. Overnight, I mostly laboredin bed, in the dark without glasses. Went to the hospital at 5:30 AM. After getting triaged and registered and settled into a room (about 6:30), my doula had me switch to contacts. Labored mostly in the tub and had my son at 4:57 PM.
I’m very glad that I switched to contacts. I’m quite certain that my glasses would have been slipping down my nose and annoying the crap out of me. And the contacts allowed me to watch the delivery in a mirror, which was pretty awesome. I wore the contacts until I went to sleep, around 9:00 PM and they didn’t get too dry or annoying, but I had drops with me, just in case.
So, obviously different things worked for different people, but that’s what worked for me! Cheers!
Post # 67
So I went very early. Went to hospital and stopped labor. Hung out at the hospital until the day baby was born (24 weeks, she is good and healthy now)! I wear contacts regularly. But when I went into the hospital I just wore glasses. I can’t recall but I think I took off my glasses before gong into the labor and delivery area. I was so focusend on the pain I could care less about what I could see!!
If you go into labor and have time, I’d just take the contacts out and wear the glasses. You will be very uncomfortable and most likely not care about what you are wearing at that point. But you won’t know how long you will labor or what type of birth (V vs Csec). Can’t get up right away and try to look at cute. Believe me, it doesn’t matter in the end. Glasses are easier to remove If you need to.
Post # 68
Has anyone used a birthing tub with glasses? I’m afraid they’ll steam up.