(Closed) how did you go *into* labor….?

posted 6 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 2
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Buzzing bee

Don’t do this to yourself. JUST DON’T!

Every pregnancy is different. If you have confidence in your medical people, ALL will be fine!!!!!

Post # 3
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I was rushed to the hospital but my water didn’t break til they broke it. I had enchiladas for lunch and thought I had gas, turns out I had been in labor all day and didn’t know it. 15 minutes after getting to the hospital and in a bed, I had my son. My case was a very rare exception. 

I suggest driving your routes to the hospital over some weekend. Do it again from work with your hubs picking you up. It will calm your nerves knowing you know were to go. Also, have an On Call person towards the end of your pregnancy, someone you can call if no one else is in the house with you. When you know you’re going to be alone at night, give them a quick text and tell them they’re on call. Having a plan is never a bad thing, nor is having a back-up plan. 

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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

 

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amberjayjay:  it’s nothing like what happens on tv. lol

i started having contractions on my due date but they were like 20 minutes apart and not that serious. one day over my due date, i was still working (teleworking) and started timing my contractions when they became more regular (about 14 minutes apart) and practiced relaxing when they hit (your tummy gets really tight and it sort of feels like a cramp across your belly) and then i went back to what i was doing. by 3 a.m. my mucous plug finally came out while using the bathroom but i was in and out of sleep between contractions (about 5:30 minutes apart) and they grew more intense blah blah blah…had a baby…

 

but all of that was labor. so as you can see, labor usually has a super slow start lol i went for walks and did chores between early labor contractions.

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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2019 - City, State

 

amberjayjay:  I started labor at about 6 in the evening but wasn’t convinced I was actually in labor. I had gone in to the hospital 2 days in a row and was sent home because while I was having contractions I was not in “active labor”. on that last evening though I could time my contractions and they were much stronger but still not enough to stop me from being active or comfortable. So to avoid not getting sent home again, and to allow my ex to rest (he worked days and had spent two nights in the hospital with me already for false alarms) I said I would wait until I got a solid hour of consistent contractions or until I coudln’t take the physical pain anymore before we went in. I tried to nap but things got progressively more painful as the evening went on and I ended up tapping out at around midnight. That part wasn’t very dramatic but from about halfway to the hospital and on it was lol. I was writhing in pain and I kept asking my son’s father if we were almost there. Also, my mom had gotten a phone call from us the two nights prior and everytime she asked “let me speak to her” and I would calmly get on the phone and she would say “ya… you’re not in labor yet. I’ll know when you are” and that third night we called her on the way in and she once again said “let me speak to her” and this time I yelled “NO!!! I DO NOT WANT TO SPEAK TO ANYONE. JUST TELL HER TO GO TO THE HOSPITAL DAMN IT!” and she started laughing and told my son’s father “yep she’s really in labor now. I’ll see you in a bit!”

When we got to the hospital, I stood up and in a very dramatic fashion my water broke and it looked like I was peeing my pants (I had jeans on). they put me in a wheel chair and I was waiting by the elevator doors and my poor ex was trying to relax me and was rubbing my arms and I screamed out “DON’T TOUCH ANYTHING. JUST DON’T. WHYYYYY IS THIS ELEVATOR TAKING SO LONG! UGH!”. I didn’t realize there was a family sitting in the lobby waiting area so when I noticed them staring at me in horror (I must have looked insane lol) I screamed at them and said “WHAT?! WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING AT?!” thankfully the elevator finally arrived and they took me up to triage.

the traige nurses seemed to take forever to get me settled and they refused to allow me to go to the bathroom (I guess for fear that any pushing might result in a birth? idk). So I announced that I was going to pee on the hospital bed. and I did. I couldn’t hold it and just didn’t care at that point. I then yelled about wanting drugs (no shame in my game! i wanted that epidural!) and the nurse had to come in and say “miss! you’re gonna need to calm down” to which I responded with “NO YOU CALM DOWN!” and flipped her off. not my finest hour. that’s for sure!

shortly after that my mother arrived and they gave me an epidural. I started pushing at around 1 pm that afternoon (came in to the hospital at around 1230 am) and pushed for 2.5 hours and my son was born at 3:30 pm exactly. the bulk of my labor once I got my epidural was spent sleeping on and off and watching maury povich lol.  

So it wasn’t *all* dramatic. But it was interesting lol. I think we all think of those movie type scenarios but in reality it’s much different for majority of us. Just have a plan ready for if you’re alone πŸ™‚ 

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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

After 3 kids I just my “expectations” are low. My only plans are to have a safe delivery, with a healthy baby. First child was induced, it was horrible, but it was necessary due to medical issues. Second child c section. Third child the labor was long over 15 hours pain, no meds. Pushing for 3 hours, my lady parts we re a mess after but overall happy to have 3 wonderful kids. 

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

I have Tokophobia (severe fear of labour and pregnancy), and reading these stories is really helping! Especially 

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stardustintheeyes:, your story is hilarious! 

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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I second what 

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tksjewelry said. Drive the route to the hospital. Have your husband drive it. Figure out where you park and where you have to go. Once I did those things, I felt SOOOO much better about it all. I wanted a plan πŸ™‚ 

For me, I was finishing getting ready to go to lunch and my DH was getting ready to leave for a baseball game an hour away (Yankees vs. Baltimore). And my water broke. 25 days early. So we called the OB on call who sent us to the hospital (We stopped and got lunch on the way since I knew they wouldn’t let me eat once we arrived in case I ended up needing a c section). Once there, I got induced since I hadn’t started having contractions. Got an epidural. I worked a bit but not really. Pushed for 2 hours, had an adorable little girl. 

so I was one of the lucky ones that had their water break. Thankfully I was at home and in the bathroom πŸ™‚ 

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

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amberjayjay:
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ann.reid.9277:  is right every story is completely different!!  Dont freak yourself out πŸ™‚

I woke up at 2am to go to the bathroom.   On the way to the bathroom my waterbroke, but of course I didn’t know that is what happend.  I thought I literally peed my pants!  I just cleaned my self up, changed clothes and laid back down.  I kept leaking, and was really frustrated with my body because I didn’t feel like I had to pee!!  I probably changed clothes 3 times before finally grabbing an old pad to use!!!  Then the contractions started, but they were pretty far apart.  I realized probably at 2:30 that I should be timing them to see if they were consistant.  At 3:30 I finally woke up my brother, who was living with me at the time, and was like I think we need to go to the hospital.  He was groggy, it was 3:30 am!, and was completely confused as to why I wanted to go the hospital. 

When we got to the hospital I was 3cm dialated, and didn’t move! I sat there and watched Saved by the Bell reruns and waiting for things to start.  At 8am the doctor decided to give me some pitocin–it was horrible but kicked labor into high gear.  I didn’t have an epidural but took fentanyl around 10am.  At 11am I started to push and I had my little girl at 11:13 am. 

Just have a plan in place for every situation and you will be just fine!!  One of my good friends has a firefighter husband, and of course she went into labor when he was at work.  She called and let him know and he met her at the hospital.  It will work out I promise πŸ™‚

 

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Helper bee

I got up to pee at 6 am on the morning of my due date and when I came back and plopped onto the bed, my water exploded all over the place. I then walked to the hospital (3 mins away).

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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

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amberjayjay:  One afternoon when I was around 38 weeks my husband and I were shopping at Best Buy and I went to find the bathroom. Then I couldn’t find my husband. I walked all around the whole damn store and couldn’t find him, and I was having really strong Braxton Hicks, like bad. I was like, crap, am I going into labor in f*&cking Best Buy? I went and found a huge comfy chair in front of those huge wraparound TVs and put my feet up and hoped my water would’nt break and we’d have to buy a $2000 chair. Anyways, my husband finally found me and we went out to lunch- I wasn’t in labor, it was just really strong Braxton Hicks.  Anyways, when I really went into labor, it was pretty mellow. I was 39 weeks and 1 day pregnant and we had some friends stop by after dinner. I started feeling crampy and I kept going to the bathroom and there was a little blood on my undies. Our friends left and I took an anti-histamine so I could sleep since I was still feeling crampy and just not that great. I fell asleep about 12 am and woke up at 3 because I was uncomfortable. I had a bowl of cereal and took a hot bath and (TMI) my mucous plug came out while I was in the tub. Then I sat on my yoga ball and watched Crazy Stupid Love and paused it to walk around a bit when the contractions got more uncomfortable. I woke my husband up 7 am and told him I thought I *might* be in labor. He made us scrambled eggs, did a quick tidy of the house, and we left for the birth center about 8. We stopped at a friends house to drop off our dog. They packed my husband a snack while I hung out in their backyard breathing through the contractions (I just wanted to be alone). We got to the birth center about 9:45am and when they checked me I was 4-5 cm dilated. My water didn’t break until much later (I’m actually not sure when it broke). My son was born at 8 pm that night. For me, the first stage of labor came on pretty slowly. It’s not like in the movies (well, most of the time). It’s not like you have one contraction and then it’s time to push, haha. Most likely you’ll have plenty of time and you’ll want to kill time at home before going to the hospital or wherever you plan to give birth. Best of luck! Labor and birth is intense and painful but it’s not something to fear.

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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

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amberjayjay:  My membranes ruptured at 38w4d – no big gush whatsoever, just a trickle when I was getting into the shower that morning. If I hadn’t been naked and with an empty bladder, I would have seen the fluid on my undies and figured I just peed myself a bit! Waited at home for 16 hours and not a single contraction, tried castor oil (at my midwife’s suggestion) and besides one long contraction an hour later, there didn’t seem to be anything happening, so I went to the hospital to be induced. Arrive at the hospital to find that the castor oil DID work and I was contracting every 2 minutes back to back. It was all too much too fast for my little man so I was given terbutaline to stop labor and give him a few hours to rest, then was induced with Pitocin. Many hours later, and 48 hours after my water broke, little man finally arrived! Pitocin is no fun. Hope to avoid it this time around. Sure you are finding with all these stories that everyone’s labor experience is very different! Mine had more anxious moments and was more intervention-heavy than I planned (wanted a stay at home until last minute then arrive at hospital for medication-free birth; ended up with induction, epidural, 2 IV catheters, internal monitoring, oxygen mask, and a prolonged hospital experience), but it was still an amazing experience that I will cherish my entire life. πŸ™‚

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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

Despite being dialated 4 cm for 4 weeks, LO was still ten days late! Fiance and I had walked to a nearby restaurant for a late dinner,and got a burger and fries with super spicy hot sauce. We joked with the owner that the hot sauce was to get the baby out…. I went into labor on the walk home. I had tried so many of the stupid ways to induce labor I found online and nothing worked…. but hot sauce. The hospital was right across the street from the restaurant we had been at, to give you an idea of how close we were. I had plenty of time to shower and clean the house before the contractions got close enough to go in. LO came the next afternoon. 

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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

You can’t psych yourself up about it, it’s different for everyone and more often than not it’s a pretty uneventful, slow process. My water broke at 7pm while I was going to the bathroom. I peed, then felt a pop and huge gush and continued to gush water for a while. We drove to the hospital an hour away, they admitted me, and I laid in a bed for almost 24 hours before baby actually arrived. 

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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

I was a week overdue with my first baby, I was sceduled for induction on Feb 3, 2015 but ended being induced on Jan 31 due to low amnoic fluid. After 33 hours of labor I ended up having a c-section and my beautiful little girl was born on Feb 1, 2015 at 11:27 p.m. we named her Aubrey Lillian. 

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