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I was diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes at 30 weeks and put on insulin at 34 weeks. Charlie was measuring pretty much on target my whole pregnancy, but because I was insulin dependent they decide to induce at 39 weeks. I was really was hoping she would come on her own before..i wanted to avoid petocin and have as natural of a childbirth as i could tolerate. We were to check in at 7 pm on Monday the 1st. DH has class on Monday nights so me and my mom headed down to L&D just to be told to go home and wait for them to call because they didnt have a bed for me. After 10 months of waiting whats another couple hours really......HA! It worked out because DH 's class was out and we were able to go to the hospital together. We got our L&D room. They hooked me up to monitors, and checked me. I was 1cm and 80% effaced which made me happy...my body was ready. They put in the cervixdel and we attempted to sleep for the night. I felt my back cramp up in the night. I didnt think they were contractions really because the pain didnt seem to come and go...it was just constant. Doc came in at 9 to check me at start the pitocin. I was 2-3cm! He broke my water and commented on my high pain tolerance! I started feeling the contractions immediately. From the get go my nurse kept talking about the epideral. Now i was never against getting an epideral, but i really wanted to see how much i could take....i wanted to experience it. I knew because i was getting induced that it would most likely be a more intense labor. I handled labor very well. Very quiet. Dh massaging my lower back and inward meditation really helped a ton. By 3 i was 5cm and the labor was intense. The nurse by then had asked about 6 times when i wanted the epideral...it sucked really. I mean i didnt want to say no..but i didnt want to say yes or be asked a ton either. Everyone kept telling me i didnt have to be a super hero, but I knew that i could handle more. I had the epideral put in at 3. After it was in a didnt feel the sharp constant pain of the contractions, just a little dull ache. I felt like it made me a little high to which i wasnt expecting. They put in the cahtador and there I layed. About an hour later I started feeling contractions on one side of my body...they were peaking at that point. They gave me more of the epideral stuff and eventually i couldnt feel anything. Doc came in in at 645 to check me. I was 10 and ready to push!!! I dialated 5 cm in 2 hours! This is the only time i started to cry...i got scared and excited all at once. The checked my sugars like they had been the whole time, and my sugars were low...45. I had to stall on pushing so they could give me some sugar water. Once my sugar was back up i started pushing with the nurse and DH. After 3 pushes on the first contraction i was told to stop because she was right there! Doc came in and in 3 pushes she was out! They laid her on my naked chest and i put her to my breast immediately..which was super important to me. They didnt take her off to clean her till i told them to. When they finaly did they weighed her and she 2as 7.03 lbs! A week earlier they said she was measuring 8lbs! So glad my GD didnt affect me angel! She was perfect. Loud,beautiful, not to big, and pink. Her sugar was perfect and she never left my side. Because of the stupid epidermal i felt awfully inadequate. i could lift myself to feed her right..i couldnt get up when she cryed...i felt very disconnected. They got us back to to post partum room and the nurse showed me how to clean myself and kept coming in to help me pee...which i couldnt. they said they were giving me an hour they putting a cahtador in if i didnt pee. finally i did....guess my bladder was still asleep or something. as soon as the epi wore off i realized how much pain i was in. i guess i wasnt prepared for the after math. Me and DH were in the hospital until Thursday afternoon. It was nice to be in such close quarters to bond with our daughter with out that much of a distraction. The most painful part of the whole experience was when i got home from the hospital. I got hemorrhoids from labor and i had my first umm "movement". i was on my hands and knees bawling. i would have chosen to labor for days compared to what that felt like. ugh. Several laxatives later...things got moving..ugh.
I loved labor, loved it. the pain came from love. hated the epi. Hated not being able to move around during labor, hated not being able to really see what i could do on my own. My goal, especial because of the GD was to have a healthy baby by any means. Next time i will try my hardest to be at a birthing center. I now know how strong i am.
I have the most healthy beautiful little girl. Breastfeeding had gone perfectly. I am truly blessed!
Thank you Mom2*Lauryn*Jacob* for my gorgeous siggie!