BEFORE THE BIRTH
The most vivid, memorable 24 hours of my life. Now before I tell my story I have to say it’s not one of those “my water broke on the high way.” Actually, everything for the most part was pretty smooth sailing, from my pregnancy up until I gave birth. However, I will save my pregnancy experience for another post.
I had an induced-labor. When I say I was scared out of my mind, it was mostly because even in the waiting area, while I waited for my room to be finished prepped, other women there were telling me how inducing labor was the WORST. I thought they were crazy for telling me being as it was EXACTLY what I was doing.
DURING THE BIRTH
Prior to that, my doctor told me my cervix was still closed and there were no signs of labor happening. Alice was chill and pretty much wanted to stay put. But I was already 40 weeks, and 3 days. My doctor didn’t want to wait another week, so on a day that was supposed to be a regular prenatal visit, turned into me checking into the hospital.
But there was one thing that irked my soul. I was so scared to give birth. Literally, anything anyone has ever told me was that giving birth is one of the hardest things a woman can do. I didn’t think I was tough enough or strong enough. I had no idea; no expectations of how it would all turn out. All I knew was that I was scared, but more than ready to give birth!
AFTER THE BIRTH
It took a whole 24 hours for Alice-Marie to arrive. I got into bed at 10 pm, January 11, 2018. They started the process. My cervix hadn’t opened until it was 3pm the next day. I was so sure I was going to have a C-section because the doctor was worried my pelvis was too small. Even told my nurse from the moment I walked in that I was 100% sure I was going to have a c-section.
(I was so wrong. My nurse literally had to come find me in postpartum just to say I told you so.)
In between 10pm – 3pm I was experiencing pressure pains, but no contractions. Which everyone thought was a little weird. So they gave me the epidural. I know a lot of women tend to be scared of the whole needle in the back thing, but literally it is over before you know it. By 5 pm my cervix was fast-tracking, opening centimeter after centimeter. I still remember when my water finally broke in bed and all I could tell the nurse was, “Uh…I think my water broke, do I have to sit here while I wet the bed?”
By 9:57 pm, after just 11 minutes of pushing, no pain (the epidural was magic), 7 pounds 8 ounces Alice-Marie entered the world with soft hands and curious eyes.
I know a lot of mom’s get super happy, even cry. But I was so loopy from the meds that I was just shocked that I gave birth. But the moment it became real for me, was when my husband said, “We did it, babe.”
What’s your birthing story? I’d love to hear about it.