Post # 16
I was 39 weeks when I went into labor…but it being my first baby and everything, I had no idea I was in labor. It started out as a slow stomachache in the early afternoon around 2:00 PM and I thought I just had indigestion or something because we had gone out for a big brunch with friends. I took a Tylenol, sat on the toilet a bit, lied down for a little snooze and thought it’d go away. It didn’t and it kept progressing, but very slowly. I just felt really tired. By 6:00 PM, I told my hubby that he needed to make dinner as my stomachache was worse and I needed to keep lying down. By 8:00 PM, I just KNEW it had to be the baby. I had horrible stomach pains and I couldn’t get up for very long and even going to the bathroom didn’t help anymore. By midnight, I was 5-1-1 and according to the birthing classes we had taken, that’s when you have to go to the hospital so I called the hospital triage and said I was coming in as I’m pretty sure I’m in labor and the baby was coming. I was in so much pain by then and could barely walk. When we got to the hospital and signed in and the nurse checked me over, my water broke and it was then they told me I was 10 cm+2 and the baby had to come out NOW!! I never got an epidural and my baby was delivered 20 minutes later. I ended doing my entire labor at home and didn’t know it!
Post # 17
I was 39w when my water broke at home, contractions didn’t start until I got pitosin at the hospital.
Post # 18
Water broke at 38+1 – I had a membrane sweep the day before and was 4cm with a bulging bag of water.
Post # 19
I had dull contractions all day at 37+1. Woke up on 37+2 with contractions about 15 minutes apart. I labored all day and was admitted around 6pm. Nurses broke my water for me around 1am and Dear Daughter was born at 9am 37+3.
Post # 20
I went into labor at 39 weeks exactly. I woke up in the wee hours of the morning and the first contraction was unmistakable. My contractions started out already 6-7 minutes apart and it went pretty fast from there!
Post # 21
I was 40+6 when I delivered but it was 3am so most of what happened happened the day before. I woke up 40+5 at 3am(pretty much exactly 24 hours before I gave birth) with cramps that were a little more nagging than the Braxton Hicks I had been having for a couple weeks. I felt kind of like something was up but we were able to go about our day, including a memorial service and a midwife appointment where we talked about potential options if i continued to go overdue. Then we went to a friend’s for dinner but at about 7pm I started to feel pretty uncomfortable and asked my husband to take me home because I didn’t want to be any nore uncomfortable than that in the car. We got home and by the time the car ride was over, I was officially uncomfortable enough that I didn’t feel like I could just go about my day anymore.
All I wanted was to stand on my covered porch while it poured rain so my husband got comfortable and we started timing contractions at like 9 and they were kind of wonky and not super consistent so I waited it out until about 11 when my husband decided I was in enough pain that we should call.
It went really fast from there. The midwives showed up, checked me for the first time at around midnight and I was 8cm so I got back in the tub, laboured a little longer, started pushing after 2 sometime and had her at 3:08am. It was a whirlwind once we realized I was actually in labour, I think it surprised both my husband and I how quickly it all happened!
Post # 22
I was induced at 41 weeks and delivered 30 hours later. My water broke sometime during labor but everything shifted in such a way that it was blocked and didn’t come out, if that makes any sense.
Post # 23
- Wedding: June 2014 - DD born 2015 DS born 2017
I went into active labour 41+1, born the next afternoon. It was a very long, stalled labour after days of false prodromal labour with 5 mins apart for ages then fizzling out. The end just dragged on and on but I refused any induction of any kind :'( Finally got my med-free waterbirth after everything and plan to do the same for the next baby!
Post # 24
I was 40 + 6 with our first and I started having really bad contractions around midnight, I got to the hospital in the morning at 6am and I was 6cm all night! At 8am I was 8cm.. then didn’t reach 10 cm till 11:18pm. I pushed for 7 mins and our baby girl was born at 11:25pm!
Post # 25
Induced at 41+1. We tried pitocin, cytotek, inflating a balloon into my cervix and squatting all day on a birthing ball and nothing worked. I had an emergency c-section for high fever at 41+4. That child refused to come on her own.