All you first-timers

Kristy - posted on 10/12/2010 ( 203 moms have responded )

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Just wondered if labor and delivery were what you expected.

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Christi - posted on 10/22/2010

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No. It was much easier than I thought. It was very surreal. I had a Doula, which helped me a TON! I labored at home, until I was 8 cm. Went to hospital, and 4 hours later, my daughter was born. You just have to trust y our body. I wanted to have a natural (no drugs)labor, and that is what worked for me.

Kathryn - posted on 10/21/2010

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As an experienced L&D RN and mother of 3 (all vag.delivery with no meds)...I can tell you that no labor & delivery is what you expect..(also taught lamaze for many yrs)..but you can expect to experience the whole range of emotions afterwards..."Did I do everything I could?" (guilt)..."why don't i love my baby like I should?" (more guilt) "why wasn't my partner more supportive?" (blame) and on and on...depression, guilt, joy, confusion, insecurity... so dont feel discouraged..it will all work out with time ...it is a life lesson on dealing with Major Change....some good things change and some things change for good and some just change...
kind of rambled here ..hope this helps....

Krissy - posted on 10/18/2010

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i had a epidural next thing i knew they said the babys head was right there , i felt no pain or anything , was not what i was thinking it was gonna be

Angeline - posted on 10/18/2010

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I didn't really know what to expect and just kept telling myself that the body is designed to do the job and so it will do it! It was 5 hours first contraction to delivery and I arrived at the hospital 10cm dialated! I arrived at 5.01am and had my daughter at 5.19am. No drugs used at all. The pushing was not painful at all. Most of the contractions were like bad period pain and the rests inbetween contractions were the best thing ever! The last hour of contractions was hard work as they were coming every 30 seconds and were long and painful but even then staying calm and having wonderful support from my partner made it so much easier.

Mel - posted on 10/15/2010

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i had a lot of ppl that i worked with telling me about it but when it came time for me being n labor it wasn't that bad at all plus i also had the epidural the whole time

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Hillary - posted on 10/23/2010

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I had three kids, vaginally, with an epidural and lots of pitocin. I had an episiotomy all twice and tore once. I would say I had very positive experiences, a little pain, aches and pains from pushing but nothing major. Just with the first one, I had to sit on a pillow for a week and take lots of ibuprofen for a week because of the episiotomy. But I recovered quickly all three times and was very pleased with each experience as well as the doctors and nurses in the hospital.

Debz - posted on 10/23/2010

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I had a natural birth the first time, my son came so fast that I could not have any pain control, and as a diver I found the Nitrox unpleasant. I wish I had asked more questions and moved around more. My shoulders and upper arms hurt a lot after, from pushing myself up the bed. My second was a planned C section, and my daughter was delivered 5 weeks early and spent her first 5 days in the NICU . I was lucky both times, the hospital was very good, I just wish I had more information :)

Beth - posted on 10/23/2010

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First baby my water broke at 3:00 a.m. after an hour and a half of back cramps but no contractions. We went to the hospital and I asked for an epidural right away because the contractions hurt so bad. I got my epdiural which took on the left and partially on the right. I pushed for an hour and a half and the dr finally used a suction (which hurt like a son of a mother when she attached it to his head). He was yanked out at 9:31, so it was a 6.5 hour labor. Wtih my daugher (17 months later) I was in labor all day and didn't know it. You'd think the second time around you'd know what is going on, but I guess not. That evening things were getting a little worse, so I went to the bathroom and saw I was bleeding a little. My husband called the hospital to tell them we were coming. They told my husband that they were very busy and they would call back in 20 minutes. Then he called my parents to come stay with my son. During these phone calls I had 2 contractions. He took my bag out to the car and my water broke and I felt the baby slide ALL the way down the birth canal. When my husband came back in he realized what was going on and called 911. At that point she was crowning. My parents got there and then the EMTs. On the 5th contraction she was out. Just then the hospital called back to say that we could come in....hahaha! So, the second labor and delivery was considerably easier than the first...despite the ruined carpet. There's no getting THAT stain out! :-)

Carrie - posted on 10/23/2010

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Nope. My first thought was, "Oh no, I have to do this again if I want to have another kid!" All of my friends had relatively easy deliveries, no problems with breast feeding, home in 2 days, no pain killers. Yeah, not so much for me! After 18 hrs of labor, I finally went to the hospital. I was 3cm dialated. they administered the epidural and then I waited. And waited. That was when I found out that the epidural works with the use of gravity. If I rolled to one side or the other, the epidural would only work on the side of my body that I was laying on. The pain would start to come back on whichever side way facing up toward the ceiling. After 8hrs on my back, I was 3-4cm dialated. They had been running the Pitocin for about 4 hrs and the baby's heart rate started to slip. I was scheduled for a c-section at 3:51am after 28 hrs of labor. The c-section didn't hurt. It was just weird, the weirdest feeling actually. You could feel the pressure and the pulling but you couldn't feel any pain. I was happy that I was able to feel SOMETHING regarding her birth. I was disappointed that I had to have a c-section and I think back to what I could've done differently. Maybe I could've walked more? Maybe I should've waited to get the epidural until I was 4cm? Maybe I should've taken a hot bath? Should-a, would-a, could-a.
I really had to listen to the doctors and nurses who told me that the object of the game was healthy mom, healthy baby. I had to keep an open mind about my birth plan.
In the end, we have a beautiful baby girl,who cries and poops and barfs. But she is ours. We made her.
She's the greatest thing I've ever done.

Jennie - posted on 10/23/2010

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First time was 22.5 hours. Had an epidural which I hated. Think it made the labor longer. Did it the old way too; labor room, delivery room and then recovery room. But the beautiful little girl that finally showed her head was so totally worth it twenty six years later.

Ardia - posted on 10/23/2010

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my first was not...... 28hrs all the drugs you could have and an emergency c section (YUK) the whole ordeal was awful my 2nd was FANTASTIC!!! after falling pregnant the 2nd time i really did my research on labour and childbirth, i did a calmbirth course with a private midwive and read read read! (childbirth with out fear by grantley dick read and "guide to natural childbirth" by ina may gaskin) oh what a difference 7 hours from my first pain my beautiful son was born "a la natural" after being told i wouldn't be able to deliver naturally... i actually loved the whole experience! it wa s painful but very empowering... cant wait for the next one:)

Atinuke - posted on 10/23/2010

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nope! was induced with no form of pain reliever of any kind. Had my waters broken by an impatient doctor (very invasive) and had lacerations which didnt heal till 3months after. I just thank God it all lasted for 5hrs. What's interesting however, is that i'm pregnant again. Even though its waaaaay more painful than you expect, you tend to forget it once you see your little one growing.

Lise - posted on 10/22/2010

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I'm not actually a first timer but neither of my labours were what I expected. The first time I went for an ultrasound at 36 weeks 2 hours from my home town. We were expecting to be induced the following week (high risk pregnancy) so my husband stayed home to work, The ultrasound showed no fluid around the baby so I had to be induced immediately. I had no bag or husband or anything for the baby with me so my husband had to pack everything and get a ride to the hospital as I had the vehicle with me. Labour lasted 18 hours and after an hour pushing we had our first beautiful baby girl. My second labour also was also a planned induction (another high risk pregnancy)
this time I made it to 39 weeks. We went in, they started the pitocin and broke my water. My doctor said he was done in an hour if I was ready to push before then he would stay to deliver. After 18 hours the first time I thought he was crazy but after 1 hour 10 minutes I was ready to push. He was gone so I had to wait 20 minutes for his replacement to get to my room I pushed for 10 minutes and our second beautiful daughter was born. I love labour and would do it all over again but I don't want any more high risk pregnancies. So the moral is every labours different and don't go for an ultrasound 2 hours away and leave your husband behind without a car. :D

Ashley - posted on 10/22/2010

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im a mom of two. my first was great. ten times better than i thought it would be. my second was completly opposite. i was expecting smooth, easier than the first like you always hear but nope. it was longer and i was soo sick.

Susan - posted on 10/22/2010

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I expected it to be awful b/c I've always thought I had a low pain tolerance. After 2 days of various drugs trying to induce b/c I had preeclampsia, I finally had a C-section. I thought it was super easy. The only pain I felt was when they had to push on my stomach above the waist to push her down since she hadn't dropped yet. I took no pain meds stronger than over the counter pain relievers. I was home 3 days after she was born and I've had no problems at all.

Erica - posted on 10/22/2010

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it went better than expected...i mean, yeah i did scream & tell my husband i wasn't gonna make it but i didn't get an epidural like i thought i was gonna want, but decided against, then again, by the time they would have given me an epidural, it was to late, but yeah. everything went great...i have to say, it's weird to admit but having a mirror helped a lot because i could see what my pushing was doing & knew i was making progress & when i could see a head of hair, the pain instantly went away & all i could think about was how i was about to push out my beautiful baby boy!!!....it was painful yes, but so worth it! Aiden Paul was born at 3 pm this tuesday {october 19th}

Talia - posted on 10/22/2010

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Not at all! I didn't even realize I was actually for sure in labour till I lost my "plug"... I was having back labour with NO contractions--just pretty well constant pain/pressure. Got to the hospital and pop out she came! It was about 13 hours but if I'd known to push I probly would've had her IN THE SACK at home 3 hrs earlier! Even so... all went very well :) lol.

Heidi - posted on 10/22/2010

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For my first one my waters broke at about 10 to 6 in the morning and half an hour later my little boy was born that was nearly 3 three ago he will be three soon. Labor was painful but I didn't have any kind of pain relief. With my second the contractions came but they had to brake my water but she at 11;04am and I had no pain relief.

Ramza - posted on 10/22/2010

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I had back labor, my water never broke, and a c section. WAY easier then I thought

Erin - posted on 10/22/2010

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labor was AWESOME...ten times easier than i thought it would be...however, no one warned me about the recovery....

Gina - posted on 10/22/2010

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I have 3 kids and with each one I didnt really know if I was in labor or not because all back pain. Mine all came fast. When we finally did realize I was in labor, the first we left the house at 4am and she was born 423am. The second....we was hour and a half from the hosp. Lived on the Outer Banks at the time. I thought false labor cause the day before the doc said I wasnt even dilated yet so it would be at least another week but my other half said I should go get checked. So we did and the doc said I was 4cm dilated. He called the ambulance to take me to Elizabeth City. He came back and checked and was shocked that in the 15 mins he was gone I was 7.5 cm dilated and said I wouldnt make it by ambulance so they called the helicopter and I got a fast ride. I think less than 30 mins we was at the hosp. From the time I entered the ER doors to delivery was less than 10 mins. The first 2...3 pushes and they was out. The last I pushed 25 mins cause they didnt have my positioned right, but once they did...2 pushes and he was out. The pain wasnt so bad. I guess back labor is easier than stomach labor. I never had meds and would keep it that way. The 9 months before for me was worst. Total morning, noon and night sickness almost all the way thru and had trouble gaining weight. I did manage to gain 12 lbs with the last. Wasnt sick the last 6 weeks. As far as labor, my family would tease me and say I could pop'em out all day along and it wouldnt bother me.

Amy - posted on 10/22/2010

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What I expected? Not even close! and I had three deliveries, all c-sections, all of them so different. For my first, I worked on a birth plan for me and my doctor. She got this wide eyed look and said to expect the unexpected, and I am glad she prepared me. I ended up being very sick with my first and needing an emergency cesarean that made it very dangerous to the point of stupidity to ever have a vaginal birth. So, all of that stuff about epidural or not, water birth or not, hypno birthing, even if I got to pee in a toilet was no longer an option for a while. So, I got pregnant again. I had a c-section after being on bed rest for three months. It was hard recovering after because I had been so sedentary, but a piece of cake after the first one. The third was also completely not what I had expected, very easy and trivial recovery. Going home with a baby in your arms is the only outcome you need to focus on. THe rest is just noise.

Kari - posted on 10/22/2010

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I did a ton of research ahead of time. I had a great experience, however, no matter how much research you do, it will never be exactly as you expect. I chose a hospital that allowed midwives, and went through a medical practice that used midwives for delivery. I also found a doula (labor coach) who was a massage therapist and was offering reduced rates because she was new to the doula thing. I also had a breastfeeding support group and a lactation consultant lined up, and knew which pediatrician at the hospital I wanted. The best way to avoid disappointment is to have a labor/delivery team you trust and choose the hospital or birth center you feel comfortable with. Educate yourself about the people and place, and there will be fewer surprises!

Toni - posted on 10/22/2010

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i was told i would have a bad birth ,so i imagined it would be but it was actually ok ,i had petherdine and gas and air on my first born but i was only in labour for 5 hours ,since then i ve had 6 more children all without pain relief and home births bar the twins,and all were 3 hours and under ,but i do have a fairly high pain threshold ,its differant for every1 ,best advice relax ,if your more relaxed in yourself it ll go easier ,

Kira - posted on 10/22/2010

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Labor wasn't what I expected, but then my labor was not at all like what the books say: I was in labor for a total of 64 hours, but my water never broke! The first day was mostly just uncomfortable, the 2nd and 3rd day painful. I chose not to have any medication. I birthed the sack first- which was weird. After that, labor when exactly as I planned it. I was so happy when I could finally push- I'd been wanting to for hours, but I wasn't dialated enough.

There will always be some unexpected factors, but if you want to have it be as "predictable" as possible, write a birthplan and review it with your doctor to make sure he/she is okay with it and that you have reasonable/allowed expectations and wishes. Also, have her put a copy in your file, and take a copy to the hospital when you are ready to deliver. That way, all the doctors/nurses/staff know what you're HOPING for. Good doctors and nurses will do their best to accomodate you.

Finally, if your hospital allows it, pre-register a few weeks before you are due- that way you don't have to worry about filling out paperwork while you can barely stand with contractions!!!

Annekke - posted on 10/22/2010

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No, not what I was expecting. I was 8 days late with my daughter (now 7 months) and I had no labor pains until a few hours after my water broke, so right about the time I was getting settled in at the hospital the labor pains started...and they got worse as time went on. Was in labor for 37 and 1/2 hours...the last five or six was actual pushing. It was all back labor so a lot more painful than I was expecting. During the final half hour of pushing I was begging them to pull her out of me by any means necessary--she would slide into position and they could see her head when I was pushing and then they watched her slide right back when they had me take a break. Sooo frustrating! Finally, they agreed that I should be prepped for a C-section and another half hour later, she was born. But the "fun" didn't stop there. I wasn't allowed to eat anything for several days and I wasn't getting any sleep so that didn't help. At least my husband went on a hunger strike with me and he didn't eat anything either during the whole time. All in all, I checked into the hospital on a Monday morning and was finally cleared to check out on the Friday afternoon of the same week. The next child will definitely be a scheduled C-section just so it all goes the way we are expecting it to (unless the baby comes early...yeah right!).

Tina - posted on 10/22/2010

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It was and wasn;t/ They tell you it's like bad cramps, YEAH right, that crap hurts. It took my like 6 hrs to go from 1 cm to 3cm. After a few more hours I was six and got the epidural, WHICH is the best drug invented. I was sooooo comfortable after that. I waited till it I got to 10 cm, which took only 1 hr and they said when it all wears off you can push. I waited only till it was 75% worn off and then pushed which was great cuz I only felt alittle pushing pains, but felt more numb so that part was a piece of cake (cuz I was still drugged up down there, lol). She was out in 44 minutes. Best day of my life, AFTER getting her out of course.

Carla - posted on 10/22/2010

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Not at all. I had planned on natural birth but after 35 hours of labor she came out via emergency c section. I would just tell any new first time mom to just be prepared for anything :D

Staci - posted on 10/22/2010

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It was easier than I expected. An hour after, I was ready to do it again. lol The only thing I didn't expect....you hear about that instant connection and bonding the first time you see your baby, and well, I didn't experience that, and I felt like a horrible mother. I guess it just doesn't happen for everyone.

Ania - posted on 10/22/2010

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I was ready for it and pretty much it was what I expected. I wanted the most natural birth you can get in hospital setting and pretty much it was what I wanted....I didn't get epidural or any drugs the only thing that I couldn't do was walking around to ease the pain and I couldn't give birth squating which would make it easier to push the baby out. That's why I will choose birthing center and midwife if I do this second time around.

Tara - posted on 10/22/2010

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Mine was definitely worse than I thought it would be. I was induced because my dr. was going on vacation and I was in the hospital for 2 days before my son was born. My contractions were one right after another and so painful that I ended up having an epidural (which I hadn't wanted originally). Then before I started actually started pushing they shut off the epidural and I pushed so long that it had worn off. I felt EVERTHING! My son got stuck so they had to cut the crap out of me. And to top it all off, the placenta wouldn't come out so I had to be put to sleep so the dr. could get it out. I'm really hoping that when we decide to have another baby the labor and delivery is easier. Can't get much worse! Word of advice...do not be induced unless there is a medical reason for it. I didn't want to be and ended up giving in. Should have stuck to my original decision.

Roxanne - posted on 10/22/2010

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NOTHING to waht I expected at all! It went perfect:):) Took 3 hours to open from 3cm to 10, and only an hour of pushing. It was great:) I didnt take any pain meds, no epidural, and didnt even have any stitches at the end. The doctor was so amazed, she said it was like I delived 12 kids already lol. She said for someones first time delivering, I was all SMILES:):) I would do it over for sure!

Hope your delivery goes as well as mine did! Dont worry about it, it will go the way it is meant to;)

Adrienne - posted on 10/22/2010

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With my daughter, my water broke at home and then...nothing. I actually drove myself to the hospital b/c my husband was so nervous! 4 hours later I finally started having contractions and my daughter was born 8 hours later. With my son, my water broke at home, and immediately started hard labor. (Not a fun ride to the hospital with the contractions so close together!) and he was born an hour later. They were both easy labors, but my son was much more painful than my daughter! Still don't regret a second of them and kinda miss it!

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Hi! Well, I have to say that the hospital staff was very very nice. However, I was not in pain, and never asked for meds and the nurses kept insisting I was doing such a great job and that I deserved to have some rest, etc. So I had more and more meds and evertually had a c-section which was not really traumatic at all..an uneventful surgery...but I felt disempowered the whole time, like I wasn't myself with opinions and a say in my life, it was as if I put on the gown and signed away my personality as well....so, I think about it alot, that weird feeling of feeling of being a non-entity, and I tried to process it, but then I had my baby and no time to think, about it really, and he was very healthy so I just pressed on, but it was not wht I thought it would be..I remember the happiness of having him the joy and wonder but mostly I remember the feeling of being a non-entity untul i got back to my house and was myself again....That is why in my counselingn practice my focus is the emotions of pregnancy and birth. I am writing a book about traumatic births and I am collecting traumatic birth stories, if anyone is interested in being interviewed please feel free to private message me, thanks, Kathy

Annette - posted on 10/22/2010

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Nothing expected. It hurt and i didnt cry and was laughing at the end of it all.

Autumn - posted on 10/21/2010

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I waited as long as possible to have a child (actually did not want any for a long time) because of all those contradictory horror stories: "You'll never forget the pain of childbirth, but it is all worth it." After hearing that, who would want to get pregnant, ...gluttens for punishment. But I got incredibly lucky (all five of the female relatives that were present during my daughter's birth still rub it in). Started contractions about 36 hours before birth, but they were more like constant cramps every ten minutes all day long. More of a nuisance then painful. Couldn't sleep because they were so distracting. Water broke, contractions intensified over the next hour, but had the PLANNED epidural within an hour to an hour and a half of water breaking. No more pain, with exceptions of back spasms when I was having contractions while i was pushing. In fact, the midwife had to tell me when I was having contractions so I could push. No pain after birth either. I was truly blessed. The only horror story I could say about my birth is the permanent glares I got from my female relatives for having it so easy. When asked if I would have another because it was so easy, I said, "HELL NO." The next one would be pure hell, knowing my luck. I always hear no two births are alike.

Jess - posted on 10/21/2010

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I didn't let myself have any expectaions of what labour was going to be like. With my first my waters started leaking 9 days over due, went into hospital and i was 3cm dilated but no contractions as yet, went home a coupld of hours later they started. Went back to hospital to say i was still only 3cms which was about 6 hours after the first contraction, they kept me in this time I didn't have any pain meds for the first 24 hours then i started on the gas and a shot of the pethadie, the gas did nothing the i vomited instantly with the pethadine the poor nurse wore all the vomit. LOL
Finially things started to progress about 34 hours into labor I was so tired that they suggested i try the epidual so i agreed, they tried 10 times and couldn't get it in so I ended up going all natural as no pain med would work, 40 hours of labor and i was finially holding my son, then got rushed into theater as the after birth was incomplete.
My second pregnancy was twins, and totally different I was induced at 36 weeks, I wasn't to go natural but had no choice about an epidual, which didn't work anyway, I gave birth to the first one 4 hours after the first contraction, this labor was intense I didn't have a break at all between contractions and I nearly hyperventilated due to the intensness of it all, the second twin was transverse and they were about to send me for a c-section but i told them to pull her out as I was going to have half a labor which is what they did. It was fantastic, 40 hours for my first and 5 hours with my second pregnancy. I would do it all over again, yes it hurt but you just have to remeber that you are rewarded at the end with a beautiful baby.

Roo - posted on 10/21/2010

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Nothing like I had expected. :-) Pregnancy, labor, and babies...full of surprises!

Marci - posted on 10/21/2010

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well, i have to say that it was scary for me because i was 2 months early and when the water broke i thought i was urinating, but it was actually the baby coming, so we got to the hospital and i stayed for 3 days til he came and might i add he is perfect! The only problem is the contractions for me were so uncomfortable, but only took 2 pushes he was out and everything went by so fast and you don't remember any pain when you see that beautiful baby and hear that awesome cry! oh, the epidural works wonders!

Samantha - posted on 10/21/2010

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I''m just glad that an epidural was planned waay ahead in order for me to deliver vaginally. Lamaze was of no help. The contractions were so strong, that as soon as I arrived at the hospital, the medical staff had to get an oxygen mask on me, and give me my epidural.

Sheila - posted on 10/21/2010

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Usually the second is quicker and easier. It was in my case. Wishing you all the best,
Sheila

Melissa - posted on 10/21/2010

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I was high risk, so I ended up being a scheduled c-section. I was wheeled into the operating room at 7:00am and Will was born at 7:26am. Pretty quick and painless (until the day after).

Rochelle - posted on 10/21/2010

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It wasn't what I expected, from what I seen and got told people made it sound really bad, it wasn't as bad as I thought, I had gas n air for the labour but I didn't have anything giving birth, I found labour way more painful than the actual birth

Italia - posted on 10/21/2010

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yeah i like that @ Danielle Meaney... that's how i got thru my natural drug free labor. i kept telling myself this is not forever there is a beginning and end. And deal with ur contractions one at a time not worrying about the next. i went from 6cm dilated to 10 in less than two hours.

Emma - posted on 10/21/2010

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Um, yes, if my expectations were every kind of drug possible to stop the crippling pain, an episiotomy and some forceps! No really, I don't think we know what to expect because everyone's experience is different and it depends on who you listen to as to what you believe will happen! My two deliveries were like chalk and cheese. I really only had small expectations, that it was probably going to be the most painful thing I would ever experience and that I would have a new baby at the end of it. And yes, they were both true. :)

Missy - posted on 10/21/2010

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NO! My water broke on it's own in the middle of the night. I was in labor for 27 hours. Had an epidural after 13 hrs of labor because I was exhausted. Gave me meds to help speed contractions. Didn't help. Turned it off, uped my epidural ready to have a c-section. Surgeon said that I was finally fulled dialated. So it was my choice wether to have a c-section or not. I decided to push. That lasted for 3 hrs and 40 mins. They stopped my epidural when I said I would push so I would know when I having a contraction to push. Needed a vacum to get my daughter out. That was my 1st. My 2nd, they had to induced and from start to devilery, 9 hours. And my son was almost 11 lbs but he came right out no problem.

Dannii - posted on 10/21/2010

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My labour wasn't too bad. I was admitted to hospital with high blood pressure and induced 3 days late as she was small and had pre-eclamspia. Used a prostaglandin to induce at 5pm, but it didn't work so I had my waters broken at 2am. Weirdly they smell really sweet! I think that was the worst part. I was on gas and air, which was great to help control my breathing but made me sick :(
I had an epidural because they wanted to do an emergency c-section. But she didnt want to wait and i dilated in 10 minutes and she was out 20 mins later! (5.15am) epidural dint work so i felt everything. Fortunately she was only 4lbs and the pain was barely anything. Just a bad cramp :)

Kay - posted on 10/21/2010

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not at all i thought it would take 2 or 3 hours but it took 16 hours of painful labour for both 2 of my boys lucky they are grown up and put everything behind

Dora - posted on 10/21/2010

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No two are alike. I expected the second one to be like the first. It isn't that way. Be prepared for all eventualities, then relax.

Samantha - posted on 10/21/2010

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Yes and no! They told me i had placenta prevaria at 20 wks so I may need a c-section. Then when I was scanned at 35 weeks they told me i was fine for a natural delivary which was what I really wanted. However my body had different ideas. My waters broke at 36 weeks and on arrival at the hospital I was told I wasnt in labour. Five hours later after my boyfriend insisted that they examine me I was 5 cm dialated with irregular contractions. After 30 hours I ended up with a c-section because my contractions stopped, I hadnt got further than 8cm dialated and wasnt fully effaced. Baby was also in distress and my blood pressure was though the roof. Then my scar got infected and I ended up on antibiotics for a month. Having said all that, it was worth it to get my daughter and it cant have been that bad as we are thinking about trying for baby number two.

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