twigels' Birth Story
So hubby and I played Rummy and War card games for hours and watched TV and tried to nap, (the nap didn't happen). Finally they decided to break my water because I was not progressing at all anymore, I was stuck at 75% effaced and dilated to a 3-4. WOW that jump started things. From all the pitocin I had during the day the contractions were almost immediately a minute apart and stronger than EVER! They were the worst pain I have ever felt in my life!
They didn't last long though and then the wonderful woman with the big needle came in and I got my epidural! :) Then I got to sleep for a few hours or more and at about 9pm when I woke up I was fully dilated and effaced and ready to push!
Problem was, I couldn't feel my legs or butt yet. I could feel the contractions though, and had to patiently breath through them until I could feel enough to push. Pushing wasn't that bad, I was glad I could finally concentrate on more than just breathing! This part meant that it was almost done and I would be able to meet our little man soon... Pushing was the easiest part in my opinion.
HOWEVER...little man decided to put his hand and arm up under his chin (like he was thinking about something) and when he crowned finally, he got stuck! I had to have an episiotomy and once she made that cut he slid right out. :)
I have to say that I did not have that bad of experience! I don't think labor was too bad and would consider doing this all over again, but it may take some convincing! ;)
If I had one piece of advice for mothers to be, it's to go into it with an open mind and low expectations! Don't listen or pay attention to everyone else's horror stories! I went in with really low expectations and a clear mind and it wasn't that bad. I NOT once screamed or yelled or swore at my husband. :) I was asked by the nursing staff and my OB if they could clone me, and told that they wished all their patients were like me. lol And if you knew me, you would know that I have NO tolerance for pain. Even my mom was surprised that I did so well!
Best of luck to all you mommies to be!
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