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Here's my story. I was planning on having acupuncture for my labor pain so my mom started to prep me on Monday night (She was leaving early Wednesday morning. She did acupunture to get my body ready for labor and for labor induction. That next morning I felt tightening like the baby was stretching, but the feeling was pretty regular (about every 5 to 10 minutes). The doctor knew my mom was leaving Wednesday so she told me to come in Tuesday for an NST and she would have them keep me since I was already 3-4 cm dilated.
On Tuesday morning we went in for the NST, but the receptionist sent me to OB triage instead which turned out to be a good thing because thats where we found out that my blood pressure was sky high (after being low during my entire pregnancy). I was admitted at about 10:30 am. After blood tests, I was diagnosed with pre-eclampsia and put on magnesium, pitocin and given a catheter. Oh well for a drug free birth. My mother was still able to do the acupuncture and I had no pain. The doctor and nurses were really surprised at how comfortable I was. When I was about 5-6cm dilated, my mother (who is also a doctor) suggested I get an epidural to lower my blood pressure. It helped lower my blood pressure but it only numbed me on one side, but my pain on that one side was no more than moderate cramps. They also had to increase my magnesium because I started shivering so much. I didnt start dilating much until the doctor broke my bag of waters and they cranked up my pitocin.
After that I just watched tv and napped until about 11pm. The doctor checked me a little later and said I was 8 cm dilated. She said she would check on me in an hour but I felt the baby about 30 minutes later. The doctor came in and I pushed him out through 3 contractions. Unfortunately, I had to get an episiotomy, but I'm glad I didnt have to get a c-section. The baby was born at 12:16 am on Wednesday, April 8th and my mom had to get on the plane at 7am. He came just in time. Well I hope this wasnt TMI. Congrats on your new babies ladies!