Do you remember that Show on TLC? I never really watched it because at the time it was on, I was no where near kids and I thought it looked horrifying. Well, now that I’ve lived it twice, I can say…it is horrifying.
Ha! I’m joking. 🙂 With both E and Allie, I was induced. With E it was because my blood pressure had risen to much and they were afraid of Preeclampsia. With Allie, it was a scheduled induction.
My husband and I went in at 8:30 last Tuesday morning and I was getting Pitocin by 9:00. It took all day to go from the 3 cm I was when I got there to 6 cm when I finally started pushing. For the majority of the day, we slept. I felt contractions but they were manageable.
At about 1:00 I finally started feeling very uncomfortable. It wasn’t painful more distracting. If you’ve been through it you know. I just found that I wasn’t able to talk through them. My stomach would tighten so much that it did effect my breathing. So I finally broke down and asked for the epidural.
Getting the epidural was not fun. My husband wasn’t even allowed to stand close to me while I was getting it because they’ve had too many husbands faint or vomit. I won’t go into detail but I will say that the short amount time that it took to get the epidural was the most pain I felt through all of this but worth it.
After a few more hours of labor I had still only gotten to 6 cm dilated after waiting a little while longer, the doctor did some checking and decided to go ahead and let me try pushing. I knew my body was ready because I started to shake uncontrollably and got nauseas like I did with E. They gave me some Zofran which helped a lot! I pushed through 2 contractions and before I knew it Allie was here!
As a result they had to put her on a respirator for about 10 minutes. The entire time, I’m just sitting there begging to hold her.
The Pro, she didn’t have to spend a lot of time in the birth canal so she didn’t get all banged up or get conehead.