Before I start forgetting all the details (they say anaesthesia is to blame), I wanted to share my personal story of labour and birth.
Looking back, I had a relatively good pregnancy, with all the typical symptoms like being really tired in the first and third trimesters, as well as morning sickness in the first trimester (I think it should be called all-day sickness). Took prenatal vitamins and I strongly recommend Elevit. Watched my diet (even treated myself to chocolates and sweets here and there – just can’t help it, otherwise my diet was really healthy), tried to avoid stress, walked when I can, and did my pelvic floor exercises. I also kept on praying for a healthy baby and pregnancy, as well as normal delivery.
I figured my mother and sisters all had normal delivery, so maybe – just maybe, I can have luck by my side and have normal delivery as well. To me, the thought of having a C-section was way scarier… I even watched videos to prepare me for birth, so maybe that wasn’t such a good idea since I felt I just scared myself more.
It’s been 40 weeks — exactly my due date, and we’ve been eagerly anticipating the arrival of our baby girl.
I took a late afternoon nap since I felt so tired. As I got up at 6pm to prepare dinner, my water broke! Water and blood were gushing out!
Good thing my hubby called and was on his way home.
From then on, I’ve been in touch with the hospital’s maternity team on the next steps. As advised, I took a bath and had dinner. We were monitoring my contractions every hour and left for the hospital at 9pm.
The birthing suite they led us to was a nice, spacious, private area that we had to ourselves. I really love it! The nurses constantly monitored me and the baby. At this point, I can still smile and was even asking about contractions. They said that once it comes, I will not be able to smile and that I will know for sure.
I thought I was just anxious… But apparently, my blood pressure was alarmingly high! They gave me medication and made me do blood tests while they gave my doctor a call.
Then at a certain point, the contractions became so intense and way too painful! Boy, were they right! They gave me gas to help with my breathing, but it didn’t help alleviate the pain.
I cannot find the words to describe how PAINFUL it was. It was excruciatingly painful to say the least!
I badly needed an epidural! They said the epidural can also help lower down my blood pressure. It took a while to be administered since we had to wait for the anesthetist. Once that was done and I felt numb, they let me sleep through the night while we waited for my cervix to open.
Morning came, my blood pressure finally stabilized, cervix was fully dilated, and we were apparently ready to push. I even asked the nurse to help me push since I didn’t know how. What I read up on was apparently wrong…
She said to take a deep breath, and then hold it as long as I can while pushing. Then do that three times in one contraction cycle. Whew! Pushing for more than an hour drained my energy and contractions were painful again. I didn’t realize that it’ll take that long!
My doctor can already see the baby’s head, and he said that he might need to assist me by using forceps. Yikes! So I tried to give it everything I got, pushed as hard as I can, and after what seemed like an eternity, I gave birth without the use of tools. Woohoo!
At 955am, we finally saw my beautiful baby girl and heard her first cry!
I was just so relieved that after 16 hours of labour, the most excruciating experience I’ve ever had in my life was over and I finally had my baby in my arms. She was such a beautiful and adorable baby!
Even though I had pregnancy complications, what’s important to me was that she was healthy and normal.
I was extremely happy that I didn’t really notice the episiotomy and the amount of blood I lost. My doctor was quite worried and was literally scooping what came out to be 1800ml of blood!
I was confident that we had a good team helping us and I just trusted them to do what needs to be done. The entire process was so intense both physically and on our pockets, but being blessed with a healthy baby girl is priceless and definitely worth it.
I hope you enjoyed reading my personal story of labour and birth. How was your own birth story? I would love to hear about your experience. If you would like to share your own stories, just leave your comment below.