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I first noticed that I was having some discomfort on Monday the 18th while at the Chiropractor's getting an adjustment. I couldn't lay on my belly for the first time (table has a drop portion) and I had bad hip pain while moving for other parts of the adjustment. Tuesday was about the same. Did a 2 hour massage in the morning and just had some hip discomfort. Didn't think much of it, but then I noticed some mucus discharge. Ok, so a week or so and the baby could be here.
At 1:00am on the 20th, I felt crampy and got to get out of bed to pee. I felt a gush and thought I just had waited too long and peed myself, but as I kept moving, I kept feeling liquid so I called the midwife on call. She said it sounded like my water broke and since I was GBS positive I needed to come in. DH and I calmly packed the car and headed over to the hospital. We got there at about 2:00am and I was having some mild contractions. My mom came, the doula came, and later my MIL came.
I labored using the hypnobirthing and having my doula massage my back for about 36 hours. At about 35 hours I developed a migraine from my hormone levels dropping (something I thought would happen, just not during labor). I handled both pains ok, but my contractions started getting less and further apart. I knew that if I didn't get something kick started soon that I was looking at a C-section, which I did not want. I talked with my midwife about using Pitocin and she suggested that we try. I knew that if I had pitocin the odds of an epidural were good. I labored for about 4.5 hours after the pitocin, but was having too much difficulty concentrating while in pain with the contractions so I got an epidural.
After the epidural I felt better and numb and got some rest. I didn't know that into part of the laboring that remained, the epidural was made to wear off.
I remember feeling that my legs were not as numb and then the pain from the contractions started up again. I couldn't understand since I thought the epidural would remove all pain - normally it would have. The midwife made the decision to give me less of a dose because if I had had the full dose, I most likely would have had to get a c-section from not being able to effectively push him out. So I pushed for 4 hours - it was so hard and I had to give it all that I had. I was able to still us the hypnobirthing techniques to let my body stretch a bit between contractions and to get my breathing and pushing under control. Once thing that made a big difference was being able to keep pressure in a push and still be able to take a deep breath to push again - then I would give it and extra umph at the end. The excitement in the voices of my family and those present really got me thorough the rough times. Just seemed I was pushing forever. Finally - the baby came out and all I heard was someone say "he has a scrotum!" LOL!
The umbilical cord was around his neck and his apgars were not good. They did a little too him and then we lay skin to skin for a while. He also lactched on quickly and got feed early on.
He weighed 8lbs. 14oz. and was 22 inches long. He is doing great now and it was worth everything that I endured to get him here. Total labor was 47 hours.