Had contractions for most of the day Sunday which was a good thing, came to the hospital for my induction at 6pm. Got the cervical tape around 8 pm and proceeded to just hang out at the hospital. Around 3am started having more frequent and timable contractions and at 4am called my Doula and Dan to come to hospital because the contractions were getting to be about 10 minutes apart and intense (plus I knew it would take them abou a little while to get there). At about 6 am my contractions were close and somewhat irratic and intense so they took out the tape and checked me. I labored until 8am when the doctor checked me and decided it was time to break my water. Once my water broke my contractions were a lot more intense, after awhile (like around 4pm?! I think it was... that day is a big blur to me in a lot of ways) I finally got the fentinol which allowed me to take a small nap between contractions which was a big deal since I didn't sleep at all on Sunday night and didn't sleep a lot Saturday night. I ended up getting two doses of the fentinol a few hours apart which really helped both times. I highly recommend it for long labors. I mostly found that meditative breathing was my best friend and massage. My doula would massage my hips as I breathed during a contraction. I used the whirlpool a few times but it wasn't the best for me. It would work at first but since I couldn't stretch out it seemed to eventually make them worse. The only major issue I had through my unmedicated labor is that I had cluster contractions. I would have one and then about 4-5 minutes later I would have 3 or 4 contractions in a row. That wasn't fun but bearable.
Well around 5pm or so Monday evening Dr Piehl decided it was time to start the pitocin. At this point I talked to my doula and my Dan about my contraction pattern and we agreed it would continue like that and that if I got the Epi I could probably take a MUCH needed nap before it was time to push. So I agreed to the epidural, got it done and it was weird. I could feel the pressure of each of them and so we were all glad since we felt that would help later when it was time to push. Unfortunately we never made it to that part. My epi failed an hour into it and the contractions were so strong and constant that I just couldnt handle it anu longer.I labored for four ours like that finally after my Dr came in and talked to me about getting a c-section because of how much distress and pain I was that I accepted it with some prodding from my Doula and husband. I labored for a total of 24 hours, 20 unmedicated and 4 technically medicated but with a failed epi. My nurses and OB kept tellin me how easy I made the first 20 hours look and that I should be proud of myself. Elizabeth was never in distress though she was a trooper through it all. So they took me in for a c-section right away and since the epi failed they then did the spinal block on me and it never felt so good to not feel my body! Soon after Elizabeth was born and Dan could hardly talk, he didn't want to give her up when it was time for Grandparents to meet her. She actually started bawling when MIL finally took her from him. No one stayed late and my parents had been visibly worried about me, my mom wept she was so happy I was ok afterwards.
Post op everything was great until last night. I developed a fever. So they took blood cultures and I have to keep getting antibiotics for it. Other then that I am doing well just really sore and tired. I should know tomorrow afternoon if I actually get to go home or not. It all depends on my bloodwork.
She is such a champ though! She latched literally right away and has had very few issues with eating. She is perfectly fine and while I have had a lot of issues I rather it be me then her. If you would like to see pictures go here .View Thread
Ok so tomorrow night is my induction (still praying I go on my own at some point today or tomorrow) and we are still on the Yellow team so I thought it would be fun to have you ladies guess what we will have! I am super excited to find out and I don't really care either way. Despite how everyone else seems to think I should care... it's our first! Either way would be nice!
So the beginning I didn't even think I was pregnant and even had a beer since I was so sure of it. Found out at 5 weeks that I was, around 8 weeks started having morning sickness, my breasts became tender (stayed that way too!) and I had an aversion to pretty much all proteins and to tomatos. I just could not stomach any type of tomato sauce! Around 20 weeks my morning sickness stopped and around 25 weeks I could start eating tomato sauce again. Since then things have been a breeze! Until 36 weeks I didn't even want to be touched then suddenly it was like a switch got flipped and our sex life came back from the grave. I never got the spark of energy everyone talks about and literally this entire pregnancy I have wanted to sleep. It's exhausting!View Thread
Well we are set up for an induction on Sunday. We are doing the tape to ripen my cervix overnight and we are hoping and praying that will be enough to send me into labor. My doula recommends it because of all the inductions she has seen the tape has been the most successful. She has even had clients go into full labor just from that. We also like the idea of waiting until Sunday night because it gives us some more time to try to go in on our own or at least to hopefully dialate a bit. Plus she also told us that most of her clients go at 41 weeks and 1 day which would be Sunday for me. I did talk to the doctor about the pitcocin rate. He told me about the two different protocols that they use and that I can talk to my doctor before the pitocin starts about the rate. I have already decided I want to be started at 1 mu and I only want it turned up once an hour. He said that was fine and that I and the doctor can re-evaluate it throughout the day.
It was actually a little funny when the nurse called to answer my questions she was going over the basics and then I asked a bunch of specific questions about the pitocin and she kind of just stopped talking and then quietly said 'I will get you Dr Barker...' LOL! When I told my doula about it she just laughed and said the nurse has probably never talked to an expecting mother that actually asked questions like I was. Dr Barker was very happy I called back he said he was worried if I waited another week then I would be setting myself up for a c-section. He didn't want to push me into anything I wasn't ready for though. He said if I wanted to I could skip the induction and just have a c-section. Which I wouldn't do and he said he knew I wouldn't want that and that was why he didn't offer it (we were talking about the size of the baby) and that I should try labor. He said some women just need a little extra push into labor.View Thread
So I came back in for my second appointment this week and I was offered an induction but originally turned it down. Now I am rethinking that decision. Well sort of... I didn't ask any questions about it and now the doctor will be giving me a call back later this afternoon because I have a lot of questions about what it would entail and such. I am only a fingertip dialated and that is my biggest reservation. I have a list of things I need to ask him when he calls. I will let you all know what he says and what we decide, DH has already said he would stand by any decision I made. I called my doula and she gave me ideas of things I should ask about when he calls.View Thread