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I was sitting at home watching Once Upon A Time in Mexico with an old friend when I started having regular contractions around 2:00pm. They were coming every 5-10 minutes. This was my first child so I did not really know what the contractions were supposed to feel like. They felt like "period" cramps to me. Anyhoo, I was in denial that I was really in labor, so I decided to finish my movie and then watch another one. Well, around 6:30, I was still having "pains" and my friend decided I should go to the hospital. When, we arrived, there were so many other women in labor, I had to wait about 3.5-4 hours in the waiting room before I was seen. When they checked me I was 5 centimeters so they kept me.
I asked for an epidural immediately but the nurses were telling me that I was handling the pain well and I should be just fine but I insisted, and got one anyway. Let me just say that it is hard as hell to sit still during a contraction while someone stabs a needle into your back. It took four tries before the doctor got the needle in correctly. But here's the kicker, it only numbed me on my left side. To remedy the situation, they told me to lay on my right side to get the medicine flowing but it didn't help, so they had to readjust the needle. When the epidural finally started working properly, my blood pressure dropped and I almost fainted so they had to give me more meds to boost my pressure. By then, I was too through with the epidural so I told them not to give me another dose....so by the time I got ready to push, it had wore off.
The Ring of Fire
By now, my epidural had worn off and I was feeling the pain full force, but I figured, pushing should be the easy part, right? WRONG!! It hurt like hell! It felt like someone was down there lighting matches. But after a lot of "Oh God's", some crying and grabbing the bed handles, my daughter finally decided to slide on out. And as soon as she came out, I felt 100% better--the pain stopped instantly.
Isn't that Something?
My daughter was born on March 15 at 6:05 AM. She weighed 6 lbs 6 oz and was 18 inches long. The date coincided with my Nanna's birthday who passed last year, so I decided to give my Nanna's name, Isadora, to my daughter for a middle name (Ashanti Isadora).
The birthing experience was nothing like what other people had told me it would be. The way other people described it, it seemed like an ugly, extremely painful experience and I dreaded it. Don't get me wrong, it was painful but it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. This is my first child..now I want 3 more!
Last edited by AshantisMom; July 12th, 2009 at 04:47 AM.
oh wow! first off WELCOME!!!! and I'm soo sorry they made you wait that long. I woulda been throwing a fit! I'm sorry your epidural didn't work. I had to get 2 bc the first 1 wore off and Im a big cry baby so kudo for dealing with the pain.