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|Wed, 03-17-2010 - 2:02pm|
I just want to share something with those who like birth stories:
A couple of days ago, at a family gathering, I learned something that made me feel better about Fede's birth.
I was talking to my uncle. He is an OB, and a good one. (The only reason I didn't choose him as my Dr. was the "weird factor" of having a relative looking at my "lady parts"!) Anyways, I asked him about my contractions. Every mom I've talked to described cx as really intense menstrual cramps. A pain that involved the whole uterus and sometimes also the back.
I felt all the pain in my cervix, and it was almost unbareable. Besides I was progressing very slowly. I ended with an epidural and pitocin, and although I don't regret the epi, in the back of my mind I always felt "weak" for that.
So he explained to me that the regular contractions start in the top of the uterus, and then go down, thus opening the cervix. Sometimes (it had a name but I can't remember it), things go the oposite way, and the contraction starts in the cervix, thus contracting it. From his experience, if they don't use the epidural, the woman can labor for more than 24 hours with no progress, and in some cases they even end with a ruptured uterus.
It turns out that I truly needed the epi, and that if things go differently I might be able to have an unmed birth next time!!