What was your due date?
september 29th! (2012)
What date was LO actually born?
October 1st 🙂
What was the baby’s weight/length?
8 lbs 3 oz. And he was 20.5 inches long
What was your first indication that you were going into labour?
I woke up at like, 6:00 in the morning to pee and there was a lot of bloody show. I had a contraction five minutes later!
How long were you in labour?
From first contraction to baby on my chest it was a total of about 46 hrs
What interventions were used, if any?
none! ETA: I was given a bit of pitocin when I was admited after I got my epidural. My contractions hadn’t been super regular from the start so they wanted to help them along I guess.
Did you use any drugs/medication during birth?
Yes, an epidural that did not take all the way. I was numb to regular contractions, but I completely felt the “urge to push” and the “ring of fire” when pushing. Sorry if this is Too Much Information 🙂
Did you have a birth plan and if so, was it used successfully?
Not really. I knew I wanted to labor at home for a while, which I did, and that I wanted to TRY for a natural birth, but I wouldn’t feel bad if that didn’t happen.
Do you have any regrets about how the birth went and would you do anything different next time?
No regrets! I’m very happy with how my birth turned out 🙂 As of right now I’m not really planning on being pregnant ever again, but if it happens or something changes I’ll go with a midwife next time as opposed to an OBGYN.
Do you have any relaxation techniques to share?
A hot bath or shower (I alternated between the two when I was at home) worked WONDERS for me! I labored at home all night long in the bath and I really feel that it helped tremendously!
Worst part of giving birth?
The “urge to push,” I think. It started just after I was checked and confirmed to be at 7 cm. My body was basically folding itself if half against my will. Like, I HAD to push, my body was making me with each contraction. The nurse told me not to or I’d make my cervix swell. I lasted 20 minutes before I couldn’t fight the urge any longer. I’d gone from a 7 to a 10 in that time. I’ll never forget the nurse’s reaction after my husband told her I was having trouble. “Alright, lets see what’s going on he’ OH!!! OH IT’S TIME TO HAVE A BABY!!!!” AHAHHA!
Best part of giving birth?
Besides the fact that I now had my new little bundle to snuggle I think the nurses were the best part. I’d heard so many horror stories about how awful hospital births were and how nasty the nurses can be, pushing things on you that you don’t want. I really got lucky. They were so supportive of all of my choices and very encouraging and helpful! And they were all so sweet and nice to talk to.
Any tips for other first time mamas?
1.) This new job you’ve found yourself in is awesome and awful and hard and messy and rewarding all at the same time. There’s really nothing else like it, and no matter how many books you’ve read there are just some things you can’t KNOW until you get there. Breath. You’ll work it out. You’ll get through the messes and sleeplessness and frustration. You will not be perfect at this and you’ll make mistakes and have regrets. IT’S OKAY.
2.) DO NOT compare. Don’t compare yourself to other moms and don’t compare your child to other children. There will be the mom that looks like she has it ALL together all the time, while you feel like you’re barely hanging on. Things aren’t always what they seem. You’re doing great! There will be kids that seem to be advancing quicker than your kid. THey all develop at their own rates. Odds are you’re baby is doing just fine. (But of course talk to your Pedi if your truly concerned)
3.)You’re going to get a lot of advice. Smile and say thank you, but trust your gut. You don’t have to use every piece of advice if it doesn’t sit well with you.
THAT WAS A LOT. I’m done now, though 🙂