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April 5th 2 pm – My husband and I went for my weekly check up and a BPP since I had now passed my due date. Meghan Joy looked great on the ultrasound and the tech showed us that her head was started to mold to fit through my pelvis. After the BPP we went straight to the OB. I asked to be checked and the OB informed me that I had progressed from almost 3 cm to a stretchy 4 cm over the past four days. Although I had previously decided against membrane sweeping, I was starting to feel worn out from stop and go contractions and asked the OB to do it. I told my husband an hour later that I would never, ever do that again. It was extremely uncomfortable and while not earth shatteringly painful, it did hurt. The doctor warned me that it might not work but was hopeful that as favorable as my cervix was that I would have some results soon.
April 6th 12:30 am – I woke up feeling crampy and had bloody show.
3:30 am – I could no longer get comfortable enough to sleep through the cramps and mild contractions.
4:00 am I decided to take a shower to ease some of the pain. Just in case this was my last shower, I started to shave my legs. I put my right leg up on the side of the tub and about a minute later felt an odd sensation. I looked down to see a steady stream of fluid that was not from the shower.
I wasn’t sure it was my water, so I tried lying down for 30 minutes. When I got back up nothing happened, so I thought it I was mistaken…until I went to use the bathroom and leaned forward to get the toilet tissue! As it turns out, Meghan’s head was acting as a cork and anytime I leaned in any direction, my water would leak.
5 am – I woke my husband and started to get dressed. We decided to wait for contractions to come and I sat on my exercise ball to keep moving.
6 am – I wasn’t having any contractions and if it wasn’t time then my husband was going to have to go to work in an hour. So we told my mother who was visiting from New Jersey and then called the hospital to let them know we were coming in.
7 am – After being tested, we found out that my water had not broken but had a steady leak. I was close to 5 cm and the nurse was surprised at just how low Meghan was. She said my cervix was extremely soft and that I should go quick. As I thought, I wasn’t having contractions regularly. Once they checked my pressure a few times and started my heplock, they said I’d be able to take the monitor off and move around as much as I liked. I was stoked! We made our phone calls to arrange for my support people to arrive and for my in laws to watch Max at our house.
8:30 am – My mother and my best friend arrived at the hospital. Beth had attended the birth of my son as well. She’s a physical therapist and a great friend who is wonderful at getting me to relax and ease my tension. My mother wasn’t able to be here for the birth of my son so we were excited to share the moment with her. My blood pressure was high, so they had my lay on my left side to monitor that while they monitored Meghan.
10:00 am My blood pressure stayed down so long as I didn't lay on my back. I got the all clear to have the monitor come off, so we all started walking the halls with the hope of bringing contractions on naturally. I started having mild contractions but was happy and laughing away.
11 am The doctor was called for a c-section and instead of checking me, we decided to wait until she was done. I sat on the birthing ball to keep moving. They brought in my lunch tray of jello, juice, coffee, broth and my special bonus of graham crackers with peanut butter. The nurses were amazed that Dr. Million was allowing me to eat solid foods. But we were all in agreement that had my water not started to leak, I would have been at home eating anyway, so why not?
12 pm Contractions were finally starting to get painful and were coming regularly at 3 minutes apart. During the contractions, my husband or mother was rubbing my back from a chair behind me while Beth sat across from me and talked me through them. Between contractions, we were making jokes, catching up and visiting. I was in a great mood and felt more like we were just having a little party rather than child birth.
1:20 pm – The doctor arrived to check me again. She explained that if I had made no progress and my water was intact, that I could go home to labor there or she could break my water but that would be inducing me (if I was not progressing on my own) rather than allowing me to labor naturally. During the check, I started a hard contraction and my water was bulging. She said I was about 6 cm and extremely thin and soft. She said I was going to go quick once my water was broken. I decided to let her break my water, with the hopes of a quicker labor.
Just had my water broken and still happy! Notice the time in the background.
2:20 pm Contractions were coming much harder now. I was no longer laughing between them but trying to rest. I started feeling like I wanted to push rather than needed to push. I asked to be checked and was 7 cm and very stretchy. The nursing staff finished setting up the room and breaking down the bed.
2:40 pm Felt like I needed to push. No one was in the room and I didn’t have a chance to tell one of my support people before the next contraction hit. It suddenly felt different, I could feel Meghan’s head entering the birth cannel. I struggled not to push and managed to get out one word “CROWNING”. My mother hit the call button and people started running into the room frantically.
2:42 pm The doctor checked me and wanted to know who had said crowning because I wasn’t. After that last contraction, Meghan’s head had slipped back. As someone replied that I was the one that said it, I started contracting with the doctor’s hand still inside. She gasped and yelling “SHE’S CROWNING!”
2:45 pm After three pushes, Meghan Joy entered the world. 7 lbs 14 oz, 20 ½ inches.
They placed Meghan on my chest. I looked at my mother and said “She’s so beautiful.” We all started crying. (Beth snapped the picture)
I delivered the placenta without any effort. While they examined Meghan, I was cleaned up. No tears! Just a slight “skid mark” (I hate that term).
About ten minutes later, I felt a huge gush that ran down to my knees. I suddenly felt dizzy and sick. I got the attention of the nurse and doctor. I was bleeding way too much. They gave me pitocin and had me breastfeed Meghan while they massaged my uterus to get it to contract. It was extremely painful, but I knew it had to be done. They checked me several times during the night and I passed large blood clots about the size of a tennis ball twice during the night. By morning though it had slowed considerably and they said it was ok for me to be discharged that evening.
The birth of my daughter was such an amazing experience. Even though the contractions hurt worse this time towards the end, I was better prepared and was able to breathe through them. I was surrounded by people I love and feel comfortable with. It was enjoyable and easy!
Meeting big brother, Max for the first time.
Our little family
Coming Home Outfit
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Last edited by Max n Meghan's Mom; April 14th, 2010 at 04:30 PM.