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What was your labor experience like?

Posted by on Nov. 20, 2012 at 2:33 AM
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Mine was actually kind of a funny story.  I was staying with my family in Michigan during my pregnancy, as my husband and I were fresh out of the military, and he was staying with his parents here in the Philadelphia area while he was building a nestegg and waiting until we could move in to our new apartment so that the baby and I could come down and join him.  He had come up to visit me for his birthday a week prior, and upon receiving a phone call from me telling him that I was having contractions 20 minutes apart, he got on the next plane to come and be with me (barely making it in time!).

He had arrived about eight or so hours before my contractions were 5 minutes apart, and during those eight hours he fed me strawberries and moose-tracks ice cream (my pregnancy favorites!).  Once the contractions were about 3 minutes apart, he drove me to the hospital.

When I arrived I was about 8 cm dialated, so my doctor gave me my epidural (I know... usually the anesthesiologist administers it, but my doctor, another military veteran, was insistant that she did it, as she didn't trust anesthesiologists!).  Some hours later, I was still 8 cm dialated, though my contractions were less than a minute apart.  I gave consent to her breaking my water, and less than an hour later I gave birth to a 6 lb, 19 in baby boy named William!  The active labor experience was about ten hours.

About a day after, my husband, new son and I were moved to a suit with a nice king sized bed and treated to a nice steak dinner, courtesy of the hospital.  I had plenty of specialists stop by to offer their assistance, and a nurse practicioner came by to give me some education about early care for both myself and my baby.  They helped set me up with my new pediatrician, and sent us home two days later.

I know, all things considered, it sounds like the fairy-tale birthing experience, but I consider myself very fortunate (considering I had been put on bed rest twice during my pregnancy as a result of pre-term labor).  I definitely don't anticipate it being that easy the next time around!

by on Nov. 20, 2012 at 2:33 AM
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KeimUNCmomof3
by Gold Member on Nov. 20, 2012 at 2:34 AM
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I have horror stories.  I am just thankful I was blessed with 3 children.

philly_mom
by on Nov. 20, 2012 at 2:36 AM

Well, that's the most important part!  :)

Quoting KeimUNCmomof3:

I have horror stories.  I am just thankful I was blessed with 3 children.


Supervane
by Ruby Member on Nov. 20, 2012 at 2:37 AM
Awful
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AJB163
by on Nov. 20, 2012 at 2:37 AM
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It wasn't horrible. It was actually pretty good. I really underestimated myself.
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emandab
by Gold Member on Nov. 20, 2012 at 2:38 AM
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Awww that sounds so much better than mine lol.  All in all mine were good, but they sucked while it was happening lol.  Oh and my midwife the first time was horrible, if it hadn't been for the internet I would have been so completely screwed!  Switched docs my second go around and absolutely loved her! 

usmc.momma
by on Nov. 20, 2012 at 2:40 AM
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 I labored 56 hours at home with DS. It sucked but he was out in a push and a half. DD was 11 days late. My water broke and I couldnt feel contractions. I had her 9 hours after my water broke. She was out in 1 push.

mommy74146
by Platinum Member on Nov. 20, 2012 at 2:40 AM
Labor for 12 hours, didn't dilate past 1.5 centimeters, water never broke. They ended up giving me a csection. Ds ended up being 10lbs 9 oz. good thing it was csection and not vag delivery.
aidyns_mommy
by on Nov. 20, 2012 at 2:40 AM
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Amazing
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philly_mom
by on Nov. 20, 2012 at 2:41 AM
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Whew!  I'd say!

Quoting mommy74146:

Labor for 12 hours, didn't dilate past 1.5 centimeters, water never broke. They ended up giving me a csection. Ds ended up being 10lbs 9 oz. good thing it was csection and not vag delivery.


mommy74146
by Platinum Member on Nov. 20, 2012 at 2:41 AM
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Quoting usmc.momma:

 I labored 56 hours at home with DS. It sucked but he was out in a push and a half. DD was 11 days late. My water broke and I couldnt feel contractions. I had her 9 hours after my water broke. She was out in 1 push.



Wow! 56 hours?! That's crazy! You must have been super tired but well worth it.
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