- 7 years ago
- Wedding: June 2010
Hey Guys 🙂
Like the title says, I just wanted to share my experience. I really liked hearing the candid stories from the other bees. I never thought I’d be able to share, I thought I was going to be pregnant forever. But my baby girl is now 2 weeks old! Crazy.
Anyway, I’d written a post a few weeks ago about being super, duper late. My OBGYN makes you wait 10 days before inducing. So, on the 10th day, I was on my way to the hospital to be induced. I was so bummed that I’d need medical intervenion, I have always heard that using pitocin makes things more difficult. That is makes things progress more slowly and that the pains of active labor come on sooner/longer.
So, as soon at the nurse got the IV in my arm (it took 4 tries, ouch), I went into labor on my own! I didn’t say anything at first, I was afraid they’d make me go home and come back. They hooked me up to the monitors that check the baby’s heart rate and my contractions and immediately noticed that the baby’s heart rate had increased significantly. Scary. They brought me to the labor floor to be more closely monitored. Once there, the baby’s heart rate lowered to a normal rate and I was definitely in the active labor stages. Owwww! It really does feel like intensified cramps. For some reason though, they came on fast and strong with very little breaks inbetween. I told my doctor once he arrived that I was in labor. He didn’t believe me! This was the theme throughout, he never believed a word I said. WTH. He checked me and I was only at 1cm, an hour later I was at 3cm. This was when he started to agree that I was in labor. By the 4th cm I needed the epidural. I’m no hero, that’s for sure! My doctor (seriously not thrilled with him) seemed annoyed that I wanted it, he said it’d slow down the process but I was like shut up doc.. seriously. Before then, I was nervous about the epidural, not only the possible complications but the pain associated with it. At the point that I needed it though, I didn’t care about a thing. And, I truly didn’t feel any pain. I was told when I’d feel a pinch and burn, but I felt neither. The only thing I felt was a profound adoration for the anethesiologist. I really felt better immediately. I could still feel my lower half, I had complete use of my legs, I just couldn’t feel the contractions. The drawback- I was soooo itchy, and shortly after I began to shake. They said both symptoms were normal, I had just never heard of them. So remember when I said my doctor said the epidural would make my progress slow down?- WRONG. I went from 4cms to 8cms in an hour! My doctor said he’d come back when I started feeling consistent pressure in my bottom. Almost immediately after he walked out of the room is when I began feeling that pressure. It hurt! I was like, “aren’t I supposed to not be in pain?”, but apparently that is by design. It’s done that way so you can feel enough to push, if that makes sense. The nurse got the skeptical doctor from the break room and told him I was having a hard time not pushing. Sorry for the candor but it feels like you’re trying to hold in the biggest dump ever. The doctor nonchalantly said, “ok, so push”… as he turned away from me to get his scrubs/gloves on. So I just pushed, and when he turned around, he looked again and said, “oh wow, you’re about to have the baby”…. DUH!!!! I remember looking over at my husband and mother when I was pushing, they both looked panicked. I laughed at them then and said, “gee, you guys are my rocks”, so strong, haha. I pushed 3 times, that’s it and she was out. I was so relieved and amazed. I couldn’t say anything for awhile except “oh my god” over and over. While laying there with her, the doctor pushed out the placenta (gross) and stitched me up. I had a 2nd degree tear. He numbed the area a bit but it was still uncomfortable. You just don’t pay attention to it because you finally have your baby with you.
Overall it was a good experience! It only took 7 hours. And for a first baby, that’s not so bad at all. I didn’t love my doctors approach. I went go to a group practice and he just happened to be the one on call, I would of preferred anyone but him- oh well, it worked out.
Here’s my baby, I love love love her. I can’t even believe how amazing it feels to finally have her here. Even with the lack of sleep, I woudn’t have it any other way 🙂