Ethan was born 1-29-10 (His edd was 2-1-10). My birthing experience was actually pretty good. I started having contractions on Thursday night at about 9pm for about 3 hours every 5 minutes. They weren’t painful, but uncomfortable and my stomach would get really hard and you could see it push out.

I called labor and delivery and they said that I could either stay home and wait for them to get stronger or head to the hospital. I decided to go to the hospital. When they checked me I was 2.5 cm dilated. They told me if I got to 3 cm that they would admit me. They checked me about an hr. later and I was still at 2.5 cm. They said at that point I could either stay, walk around the hospital or go home try and get comfortable and then come back when the contractions were painful.

I decided to go home so that my mom and husband could get some sleep. Right when we got in bed I had a really painful contraction. It was different than the ones I had been having earlier. The only way I can describe it is a severe menstral cramp.

I didn’t feel my stomach tightening anymore. Shortly after the first one I had another one. I told my husband it was probably time to go back to the hospital and that I would go take a shower before we left. I was in the most excruciating pain, it made me buckle over, the shower was tough to get through.

I could barely breathe through the contractions on the way to the hospital. We got admitted I think it was sometime after 6AM and I asked them to give me drugs ASAP. I think when they checked me I was at 3 or 4 cm. I would HIGHLY recommend an epidural. The pain was SO excruciating before I did. Once I got it I just felt a bit of pressure with each contraction. Before that, like I said I couldn’t even breathe.

Probably no more than an hour after the epidural, my water broke on its own. They checked me again and I was at 4 cm dilated. Probably an hour after that, the Dr. was talking about starting me on Pitocin, the drug that causes stronger contractions. I told the nurse that I felt like I might throw up. She told me that this could be a sign that I was ready to go. Sure enough, she checked me and I was 10 cm dilated.

We were all completely shocked, we thought for sure it would be a few more hours especially since the contractions on the monitor didn’t look like they had been that bad. I pushed for about an hour and then Ethan was born at 12:44 at 7lbs 2oz. The pushing part is tough, it was pretty painful (not as bad as the pain I had earlier though) and tough to push as hard as you could for an hour. The Dr. had to cut me a little bit as he thought I would tear. We had to stay in the hospital for 2 nights as Ethan’s breathing was a bit fast and they wanted to keep an eye on it.

38 & 39 Weeks Pregnant

Well I never ended up getting induced as my blood pressure numbers improved. It’s hard to be 39 weeks pregnant, you never know if today might be the day. I’m not the type of person that can just go with the flow. I like to have a plan and a schedule and the birth of a baby is so unpredictable. I ended up having my mom and stepdad come to town just in case since they live a plane ride away. I wanted to make sure that they didn’t miss the birth.

My Dr. keeps saying that he’ll be here any day. I really wish she wouldn’t as it just get my hopes up. At my 38 week and 2 day appt. I was 2cm and 80% effaced. At that appt. My Dr. stripped my membranes, which really didn’t hurt (I’ve had a lot of people tell me that it does). She stripped my membranes again at 39 weeks and 2 days.  I’ve been trying all the old wives tales to try and speed up my labor. I have been taking evening primrose oil, drinking red raspberry leaf tea, walking and sitting on my exercise ball. Hopefully something will happen soon!