Labor stories

Willow - posted on 04/02/2013 ( 13 moms have responded )

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What was your labor story!? What helped you go into labor? I'm 40 weeks and 1 day

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Sarah - posted on 04/03/2013

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i have 3 boys age 11 9 and 3 all 3 of mine were back to back and with my 1st i had everything lol but i couldnt feel when to push heart rate up and down so they had to help me with my 2nd i had gas and air was sick totally lost it didnt want to push but with my 3rd i thought right im goin to controll how i handle the pain prepare myself mentaly and have no drug and it was great well as great as giving birth can be lol but i kept calm relaxed breathing it really is all in the breathing good luck im sure u will be fine xx

Carrie - posted on 04/14/2013

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i was two and a half weeks late and nothing i did helped....i ended up going into labor and had to have an emergency c section due to being at 1cm dialating and being 4 minutes apart in contractions...isabella is now going to be four this july>)

Camelia - posted on 04/10/2013

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Here is my labor story,

Me and my husband decided to have a home birth on our farm and let me tell you it's the most intimate thing you could do.

About 5 hours into labor is when it really got loud and painful. I could not stop screaming, yelling, and crying until 1 hour until birth then pushing started.

After I gave birth was when I could relax.

Emily - posted on 04/07/2013

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Chandra, if you can do it without the epi...more power to you! I, as well as most moms I know, will tell you that as soon as you see that sweet baby you forget all the pain and trouble. I couldn't even remember what it felt like to be pregnant! The fact of the matter is, if you can get your mind in the right place and focus on pushing through the pain...you won't even remember/care what you just went through :) my mom says its our body's way of coping with the trauma and it enables us to continue reproducing. If you could vividly remember every nausea-inducing contraction and the terrors of morning sickness...do you think you'd want to keep popping out babies? lol

Emily - posted on 04/06/2013

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I went into labor the day before my due date, and was in active labor for 18 hours (yuck!). I finally went in to L&D. I was dilated to a 4, and had my water broken. The pain was unlike anything I've ever experienced, but it was so worth it. I had an epidural at 6cm and had it taken away at 9cm so it could wear off before I started pushing. I watched a football game, chatted with family, ate a popsicle, and organized the diaper bag. When it was time to push...I was so nervous that I couldn't stop laughing while my grandmother, mom, and husband held my legs. They all looked at me in horror! Poor hubby was ghost white and looked ready to faint. I pushed for 10 minutes, and BOOM! Our 7lbs 8oz, 19 1/2in, hairy little boy was born :) I think the hardest part of delivery was the fact that I felt like I was dying of thirst. While "resting" between contractions I was begging everyone for a Diet Coke. My amazing nurse handed me one as soon as they cut his umbilical cord :) My husband still says "That was the most disgusting, beautiful, haunting thing I've ever experienced!" Our little man is now 5 months old and we're expecting another in December 2013 :) Good Luck & Remember that you don't have to be a hero. Having pain meds doesn't make you any less of a mom :)

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Angie - posted on 11/26/2013

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I am 29 and have 2 kids. DD will be 5 in Dec and DS is 9 months old. I was induced early with DD because I had a leak. But after about a half hour of nipple stimulation with DS my water broke at home and he was born 3.5 hours later. It was amazing!

Lillian - posted on 11/24/2013

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Hello I have 8 children I'm 32 I had my ferst at 15 I have 4 boy and 4 girls my oldest is 16 youngest is 10 mounths I had all my childeren. Nacherale no drugs no nothing I had two home berths and my last little girl was going to be a home birth but I ended up having her on Hwy 20 in the EMS she came 4days late and was born 4 days before Christmas

Debra - posted on 11/21/2013

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Im 25 my daughter is 9 so I was fifteen i did alot of walking i live in the suburbs walking was my life at 15. By the time i got into the hospital i already was 3 centi.

Shannon - posted on 04/09/2013

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I have two little girls, ages 4 1/2 and 21 months and their births were so different. I gave birth to our first daughter at 39 weeks. I was hospitalized the night before due to an antibiotic-resistant bladder infection. I was given IV antibiotics, pain meds, and a sleeping pill. I was checked before bed at 12 am and was only 1 cm. I woke up at 8 am feeling good and called my hubby to pick me up. The nurse came in to check me first and I was 4 cm and 100% effaced, so they broke my water and started Pitocin. Kendall was born 6 hours later, after only 9 mins of pushing. I had an epidural and had no pain after that. I did have a 2nd degree tear, but it was such an easy and enjoyable birth!
On the other hand, the birth of my second daughter was a nightmare! We arrived at the hospital at 3:30 am after I'd been having contractions for 6 hours, every 3-7 minutes. I was 38 weeks. I was still only 1-2 cm, so they had me walk for 1-2 hours, but I didn't progress. They were setting me up for discharge by 7 am, but wanted the midwife to check me one last time. At 8:30 am, I was 3-4 cm and 100% effaced! Again, my water was broken and Pitocin was started. I was in agony immediately and got an epidural at 10 am. When I was about 5 cm, my baby began having heart decels. The decels became so severe, that I was actually given an injection to reverse the Pitocin. That didn't help, so I was given an amnio infusion, which also didn't work. By 3 pm, I had about 10-15 medical professionals in my room and they began telling me that a C-section was in my near future, even though I was 9 cm. I begged for a vaginal delivery. They decided to give me an hour to deliver, as long as the baby's heart rate kept recovering. I delivered her head at about 4:15 pm, when we discovered the source of all the problems: her cord was around her neck twice and it was hanging her like a noose! Kamdyn was born at 4:20 pm and given to the NICU team. She was immediately pronounced HEALTHY and had no further complications. Our best guess is that she became tangled in her cord because it was low lying due to me having a complete placenta previa earlier in my pregnancy. It was the scariest, yet most thankful day that I've ever lived. I was sure that Kamdyn was either going to pass away or be sick. We also found that her umbilical cord was unusually large/thick and we truly believe that was her saving grace. Even though her cord was being severely compressed, the thickness of her cord allowed her to get just enough oxygen to keep her alive until the cord could be unraveled and cut.

Chandra - posted on 04/07/2013

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i havent had my baby yet he's due may 8th almost there:D but i definitely want to go natural i dont want to miss a moment of it this whole pregnancy has been amazing and going by so fast, my husband and i have talked about my options allot but i just feel that if i made it this far i want to try it without the needle i want to feel everything no matter how painful it's the whole experience that i want it will be another piece for me to remember of my pregnancy, plus the idea of a needle scares me more than being hit by a car or getting torn apart down there and i really dont like the idea of not being able to feel my legs makes my anxiety boost up to a 10 lol wish me luck other mommies cause i could really use some positive twoards this apposed to all the negative my sis tries to throw at me !!:D

Christina - posted on 04/06/2013

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When I was five months, I had a couple different due dates. LoL!! But as the days got shorter and closer, I ended up going in at 41 weeks. Walked around like any other pregnant woman. But still no sign of this baby dropping down. I was given Pitocin to induce the labor, and to kick in the contractions and push the labor along. And man that mother load woke me up out of my sleep. I got an epidural, (even though I was trying to be a G and man up, but my nurse who's hilarious said "you have nothing to prove don't be a shamed, and get the damn epidural girl." LOL!! and I did.) and the Dr came and popped my water. Then I had to have an emergency c-section, cause my son's heartbeat was going up and down. I cried, my parents weren't at the hospital (they were at their hotel somewhere in downtown Seattle). I couldn't tell my parents but my husband did. I was scared, but I had the most sweetest anesthesiologist (old man) who let me ask him a gazillion questions about his personal. How long you've been anesthesiologist? Are you married? What school did you go too? Every question I asked, he was there to comfort cause he knew I was nervous, out of it, and scared. So he made every moment relaxing, although I did throw up and passed out a little. I also had a great team of Dr's and Pediatrics. After, I was on oxygen and vaguely remember seeing family. My husband was and still is a trooper from birth of his first born and now.

Everyone's labor is different, thought I would share mines. My son will be three in June. :)

Kimmie - posted on 04/04/2013

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I was 41 weeks and a day when I was induced. It was very well planned and quick, well the actual delivery took 45mins. Everything leading up to that point took 10 hours but with an epidural it went really well.

My son was too comfy in my tummy. Nothing helped me go into labor...walking, sex, certain foods like pineapple, anything spicy, I even tried castor oil, nothing worked for me. My lo just wasn't ready. I know you are uncomfortable but it won't be too much longer (if you haven't already delivered). Get some rest and relax while you can...sleep sleep sleep now. Lol
I wish you a speedy delivery and if you have to be induced don't worry ...when your baby gets here none of that will even matter. God bless

Kreif - posted on 04/03/2013

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My son (now 7) was 2 1/2 weeks late... I felt like I was pregnant forever! Luckily, the labor went by pretty fast. Good Luck!

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