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February 16th, 2009, 02:47 PM
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Zane & Jude's mama
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: UK
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Was your first home birth like you expected/planned it to be? It was more than I expected, better! It went by so fast, even though it was 22 hours, so that helped. And I was right the birthing pool helped TONS!!
Did anything happen you weren't prepared for? Having to pee but not being able to, it was hard to pee, so I had to pee in the shower. Sitting on the toilet killed me, but I labored on the toilet through 7 contractions to speed it up. And having to push for so long, I didn't think I'd ever have to push that long or so many times. Or getting bad leg cramps when I was pushing that was terrible!
Did you labor/birth differently then you had originally wanted too? Just the laboring on the toilet and I also labored on the birthing ball- hugging it with DH putting counter pressure on my hips.

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