Just noticing that there seem to be a couple of prego people here...Let's entertain them!!
Tell us about a highlight of YOUR pregnancy or childbirth.
I'll go first:
I had 5 children in 6 years. (Hey, this was a loooooong time ago.) By number 4, I was quite jaded with the whole birthing process, and I had false labor 3 times. It was annoying for the babysitter. Who was my mother. Whose opinion really counted in my life.
Oh, and by the way--my normal delivery consisted of me showing up in hard labor, and instructing the gaggle of interns and the doc to "leave me alone, stand back and catch. " (And they did, by golly :chuckle )
So when I had to go to the hospital for the 4th time for the 4th child, I was determined to have the kid. I walked the halls til I thought I'd drop her on the floor.
I get to delivery room--dilated 8 cm, fullblown contractions. Then....it stopped. Silence.
Of course, I was in a wonderful mood, lying on the table with Mother's words ringing in my ears: "You come back without a baby, I won't be babysitting for you ever again." Disaster. The whole situation sucked.
The L&D nurse tried to break the tension. Standing over my face, she asked The Question:
"So what you you wanna have?
"Have? Me? Right now?"
"Yeah. Right now."
"If I could have anything in the whole world?"
I contemplated my life. Yes, it truly sucked at that moment, all righty. "Anything, hunh?"
"A cuppa coffee and a cigarette!"
--- I honestly had NO IDEA that she wanted a BABY GENDER. :roll
I had the baby on the next contraction. She was a cutie. But the weirdest, most fascinating thing was: the placenta came out completely whole in the bag!!
Oct 2, '02
My Son.... was 2 weeks late, went for a stress test that afternoon.. baby was fine... they said if I don't go within the next 72 hours they would induce me!
Went into labor that night at about 2AM... made sure to take a shower, and change the message on the answering maching in between breathing to ease the contractions.... told my hubby not to stop for lights and get to the hospital! only 3 cm when I got there... they broke my water.... my son's heart rate needed to get monitored because during the contractions... they said his heart rate kept going down.. ????...anyhow.. I get my epidural... but they are unable to give it to me full strength because of my son's heart rate! (of course I still don't know if this is the real reason... Heather feel free to let me know) I felt everything... I felt the epistiotomy, the the pulling of the placenta, the stitching.... ugh.. painful but not unbearable! 5 hrs labor... from start to finish...home to the hospital!
My daughter... 2 weeks early.....went to the dr. for my check up.. I was 5 cm... didn't feel a thing... drove home... dropped off my son at my parents house.... hubby and I went to hospital.. got stuck in traffic...walked up to my room...already 6 cm... they broke my water... and gave me the BEST Epidural ever! Didn't even know when it was time to push! Felt nothing... I was on the phone.. talking to my mom. as the dr. was stitching me up! and she was a 8lb 2 oz baby girl! 2 1/2 hrs... from the time I arrived at the hospital!
However...it was the recovery that was brutal... my epistitomy.. became inflamed... the dr. said it was an allergic reaction to the stitches he used... Again... I don't know.. this is what he told me... it was awful.. I cried for 10 days.. I couldn't sit, walk... lie down.... nothing... it was unbearable!
But overall I must say. the worst part of labor for me was losing my diginity.... having all these people come in the room and continously check me! ugh.. i hated it! I made sure all I had was soup and crackers.. towards the end of my pregnancy because I was so nervous about having a bowel movement during labor.. I had heard about all these stories.... PLUS.... I got a bikini wax when I was 9 months pregnant with my son! AGGGGGGGGGGGGGGAHHHHH.. I made sure I didn't do that with my daughter.... Never get a bikini wax when you are pregnant! Oh my gawd... that was worse than the labor!
Last edit by Beach_RN on Oct 2, '02