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Labor and delivery
Jan 25, 2012 at 1:35 PM
Cf mommies, i was wondering since i am nearing the end of my pregnancy if you all went in with birth plans, or guidelines,or no expectations at all, or when you had you babies, birth stories in general, i am very interested!!!
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Feb 16, 2012 at 6:20 PM
When I was preggers they induced me at 35 weeks to prevent any damage to my lungs. We did an amnio to make sure her lungs were developed . I did well through most of the labor. When I got to around 6cm my 02 started dropping and her heartrate went over 200 so they gave me 02 and made me get an epidural. It helps and I went from 6 to pushing within 30 minutes. I pushed like 3 times and she was out. She did end up getting put in the NICU for 2 weeks bc of her heart rate and she had nad jaundice. The 2 weeks before and 1 week after my daughter gave me IV's so I could get a tune up before I went home -Im so grateful for that. I was also able to breastfeed for 2 years and never had to supplement.
Feb 03, 2012 at 5:56 PM
sure - you should have an idea of how you want it to go so a plan is good even if its not what happens. I went in after reading Ina Gaskins book and doing some hypnobirthing (listen to relaxation trax) and found the births to be challenging but not too painful. I had Gas and Air pain relief on first and nothing on second. The second baby was bigger and faster and it was all over before i knew it. Like you i was more excited than dreading birth and would have feared the epidural needle in my back more, but in saying that, being so close to seeing your baby if the midwife tells you stand on your head you would just do it! Good luck and enjoy the moments!
Jan 31, 2012 at 9:05 AM
Congrats, Katherine! I have 3 children, and each pregnancy/delivery was unique. With my first, I was induced at 39 weeks and had a really great epidural. It was a super peaceful experience. My second child came two months early via emergency c-section (my placenta abrupted), so that was not peaceful at all. ;) My third child was born via planned c-section, with a spinal. I admire you for going for a natural birth, and with your open mind that you may do things differently once you are at the hospital. My OBs treated me as a high risk patient because I have CF, but the only thing that made me feel like a CF patient during the births was the fact that they had me breathing oxygen a bit during labor/delivery. My children have brought me more joy than I ever could have imagined! Even though they take a lot of energy from me, I don't regret the decision to be a CF mama! All the best to you and your little one!!
Jan 28, 2012 at 9:09 PM
im not a cfer but my daughter has cf. if you wondering which the best pain relief is a epidural is amazing and is near enough pain free. labour is a amazing and scary oh and painfull time but the end result is worth it all xx good luck x
Jan 27, 2012 at 7:43 AM
Hi Katherine. Can't believe it's been two years already for me! It was my first (and only!) one so the plan was to go with the flow...That's pretty weird for a control freak like me but it worked. I don't know what way you're gonna choose but I chose the painful way (lol) and didn't get an epidural. My contractions started at 10pm on a saturday night, I went to the hospital at 5am (5cm dilated) and I gave birth to my son at 1h16 pm on sunday afternoon. According to the labor and delivery guidelines, it was a pretty typical labour. There is no sugar coating it, it hurts but for me it started hurting only in the morning (around 7 cm) and when I was pushing. The same nurse was with me the whole time. She was amazing, she didn't even left to eat! I had most of my contractions in my back (weird, hey!) so she brought a hot pack and it helped feeling more comfortable. I actually found that time went by very quickly. Then my son was born and all the pain was gone! Don't know if you'll feel like it but I brought gatorade with me in the hospital, it kept the energy level up during the pushing hours! I also appreciated having my husband there for support. Best tip: always remember WHY you're there!!! Hope it's not too much information! If you want to know anything else, I'd be more than happy to answer your questions! Good luck and hope labor goes well!!!
Jan 26, 2012 at 5:57 PM
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