Tuesday Talk: Did you labor before your c-section?

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Registered: 01-19-2008
Tuesday Talk: Did you labor before your c-section?
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Tue, 07-05-2011 - 3:26pm

*Every Tuesday I'm going to try to come up with a new get to know you type of question to just get some conversation flowing.*

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Registered: 01-19-2008

I DID, and I was MAD about it! LOL

One of the "perks" that was supposed to be coming from choosing to have a c-section was the not having to labor thing! I had my c-section scheduled for Friday, March 4th, and just pictured myself getting all my ducks in a row ahead of time. I knew where my kids were going to be, there was not going to be a frantic rush to get to the hospital, I would be able to shower and look "nice". Yeah, that didn't happen. LOL

A little back story, I had a deadline of 39 weeks (which was when I had my bad deliveries) to go into labor naturally, and if I did then I would go ahead with a vaginal delivery. But, anything past that point would be a c-section.

At my 38 wk apt, I had the doc strip my membranes, and tried everything I could to "naturally" get things going. But, it didn't happen. So, I gave up. I had NEVER gone naturally into labor with any of my kids, so I just decided once I hit the 39 wk mark that it was best just to hold tight a few more days for my "plan".

Uh-huh, then my baby decided to have her own "plan". LOL On the Wednesday before, I had noticed that I felt leaky and achy, and then I started wiping pink. I called the doc's office and they told me to go be checked out at the hospital since it was already 4 p.m. Once I got there, they had me on the monitors and it showed I was contracting every 2-3 minutes. They were just coming one on top of the other, and I never noticed the end of one to the beginning of another, so it felt like a constant ache to me. The pain wasn't just miserable until the laid me on my back to be monitored, but then it was hurting pretty bad.

Well, they decided since I was a 3 cm when I got there and 5 hours later, I was still at 3 cm that birth wasn't imminent, and they were going to send me home to "rest" even though the contractions were still on top of each other. They said to come back when the pain got worse!

I made it through the night cause I was able to change positions, and then I had a doc appt that next morning. The doc determined that I had a slow fluid leak and the baby and I were showing signs of infection. I was then dilated to 4 cm, and the contrax were still coming every 2 minutes. So he said, we'd be doing the c-section that day (a day earlier than my planned c-section). He sent me STRAIGHT to the hospital then.

They didn't start the c-section until 3:30 p.m., and I was still laboring with no pain meds or anything at this point. And by then I was really having a tough time working my way through the contractions. So, I was VERY thankful when they said it was time, cause I was at a point that I was going to tell the next person in the room to get me an epi if they didn't plan to deliver soon.

My biggest regret about the delivery is that I didn't get them to check my cervix again before the c-section. I would have liked to have known how far I had progressed on my own even though it wouldn't have changed my mind about the delivery. But, all 3 of my vaginal deliveries were pitocin inductions, so this was the first time I really had any type of "natural" experience.

And though I wanted to totally miss the labor part, I was actually glad that it happened this way. It made it feel more like a traditional delivery to me in a sense because I did have to suffer through the contractions leading up to the actual delivery. And then I also knew that the baby was "ready" too. That it was going to be that day regardless, ya know.

But, yeah, so much for planning things! LOL

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Registered: 03-31-2003
Sort of but not really. I mean, my MW told me she "thought" I was in labor, with very mild, but very consistent contractions that morning, and I was a 3 and 50% effaced in her office. She sent me over to the hospital to be induced immediately though because of the baby's heart rate. At the hospital, I pretty much quit contracting for about 2 hours, then the pitocin kicked in. Sadly it did not induce consistent contractions. I'd have them every 2-3 min for an hour, then not have another for 20 or 30 min then get hit with a whopper. All in all, only about 10% of the time could I not talk through a contraction. The worst ones I had were when they placed a foley bulb and I thought I was gonna die! Then I didn't have any all night that were strong enough to wake me up and the next morning, they were even less strong and less consistent than the day before. So I guess I had some labor, but I don't feel like I really did. The biggest thing the Pit did was to stress my baby out more than he already was. Grrr. On the up side, I didn't have the exhaustion of labor to deal with on top of c-section recovery.

Manda :)

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Registered: 01-19-2008
I've heard the Foley Bulb is painful!! Never experienced it myself though.

The pitocin contractions from my other deliveries were pretty rough for me. My first labor was 18 hours on the pitocin, and I was absolutely exhausted for that delivery. So many things went wrong that time, I was just completely set up for a miserable experience, I think. But, since it was my first time, I really didn't know what to expect, and didn't know what choices I had, so I put full trust in the docs and nurses instead of advocating for myself. I read up about childbirth before that delivery, but I wasn't nearly as educated as I wish I would have been. Might have changed a lot for me. :(
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Registered: 06-17-2007
Yes with my first, no with my second. With my first, I had arrived at the hospital in labor when they discovered I had pre-e and tried to augment my labor. I ended up with a cord prolapse and the c-section soon followed. With my son, they wanted to induce me at 35 weeks because of pre-e. I argued against it even though I had wanted a VBAC because I was on magnesium sulfate (which makes labor much more difficult), I couldn't leave the bed, and I was closed tight and long. I was a horrible candidate for a successful induction, even without the fact that I was recovering from the flu. So I argued for a repeat c-section, and got one.




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Registered: 09-23-2010

No, and I think that's what got me so upset and feeling like I missed something.

With my son, I was in labor for 3 and a half hours, pushing for 45 minutes. But I had a small leak that lasted 5 days - so he should have been born sooner. I ended up with a dry birth. So I really wanted to go through a full-on water break and whatnot.

However, similar to you, I loved being able to schedule things, lol.

When I was in the L&D room being monitored prior to the surgery, the nurse said that I was having contractions, but honestly, I was in so much pain from her position in general, that I didn't feel a single one. LOL

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Registered: 01-19-2008
Yeah, the more I thought about it, I think it would have been weird for me if things had went by my "plan". I think I needed to feel a little more of the traditional birth style, than just straight to the c-section.

I was actually afraid I might feel disconnected from the baby by not going through the traditional "birth" process. But, that just really wasn't the case. I still felt like I had given birth even if it wasn't the same as I delivered my other babies. When I was finally able to go to the bathroom by myself, I had to remind myself that I didn't have stitches "down there". I'd brace myself, and want to use the little spray bottle just cause that's how I had always done it before. LOL
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Registered: 01-14-2008
Tue, 07-19-2011 - 11:48pm
No. At 35 weeks I vent over to pick up clothes and I felt a gush of fluid. I went into the bathroom to look and it was blood. The bleeding didn't stop I soaked a pad in 10 min on my way to the hospital. When we got there I was told I had a placental abruption. Both me and the baby would die without an emergency c-section.
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