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The morning of Sunday December 20th, DH and I decided to DTD to minimize the risk of being induced at 39 weeks as my doctor had advised. I was exactly 38 weeks that day. Amazingly, within just a couple of hours of doing our business I started getting lots of contractions but they were irregular. We went about shopping that day and I felt "ok" for the most part until night time. I was getting very crampy and uncomfortable. I went to the washroom and I noticed some discharge with a very fine stripe of blood in it. I told my mom about it to give her heads up since she lives 200km away and I really wanted her to be with me at the hospital.
I tried to sleep through the night but kept needing to go to the washroom. Finally I managed to fall asleep only to wake up at 4:30am to my water breaking in bed! I was so shocked! I woke DH and called my mom and she drove right away to meet us at the hospital. The funny part is, I was so calm about the whole thing (which isn't like me!) that when my water broke, I showered, blow dried my hair and put my make up on and headed to the hospital (lol). They admitted me as soon as I told them my membranes ruptured. At 6:00am my contractions were becoming very strong and close together (3-5mins apart). I was 3-4cm dilated at that point. I opted for the epi because I was getting very nervous and kept vomitting! I even threw up as the anaestheologist was putting the needle in...that was scary
Once the epi was in unfortunately my labour slowed down. After 2-3 hours, I was only 5cm so they put my on pitocin to speed things up. Within a couple of hours I went from 4cm to 10cm and 100% effaced! The moment the nurse said we're ready to push this baby out, I burst into tears out of fear and excitement. However, because baby's head was facing up and she wasn't very low, they preferred to wait on the pushing so I wouldn't exhaust myself but they said regardless of the position by 2:00pm we have to push baby out and we did! I pushed for almost an hour and baby Jenna was born at 3:16pm. She was just perfect Unfortunately I tore very badly and received many stitches. I had a really hard time urinating after birth and had to have a catherer (overnight)...that was a nightmare. I am still having a hard time recovering from the stitches but thankfully I can now go on my own to the washroom. Breastfeeding on the other hand is a whole other story, with cracked and sore nipples Thank God for the nipple shield, it's a lifesaver!
I am so grateful for this whole experience even with its ups and downs. I can't imagine my life without my baby girl
Jenna, born December 21 at 3:16pm (at 38 weeks) weighing 7lbs 12oz (oh and doctors were totally wrong about her "big size" prediction!!!)
Last edited by Heaven; January 31st, 2011 at 06:29 PM.
I truly believe that DTD worked for us! We had tried a couple of weeks before and I started having sooo many contractions although they were all irregular. But this time, it worked for good! So get on it ladies!