So I was induced on Friday because my doctor thought I had the beginning stages of preeclampsia. I only had to have 2 gel treatments of the prostaglandin gel to get things moving along, I never needed the typical third treatment, which most of the time is needed by first time moms. It also helped that I was already dilated prior to getting the gel and effaced at about 70 percent, so the natural contractions I had been feeling for a month or so actually helped a bit in getting the induction going.
I tried to go as long as I could without an epidural, I used the bouncy ball and the hot tub to help with the pain. Finally when I was about 4 centimeters I decided that I was gonna go for an epidural because the pain was getting pretty bad. By the time the anesthesiologist came I was so relieved! The pain had gotten really bad. It took about a half an hour for the epidural to start working. It made everything number but it wasn’t getting to the pain of the contractions and the pressure for quite some time. It finally started to help but only worked for maybe an hour.
I thought maybe everything would be ok, I had dilated to 7, but then unfortunately hung at 8 and a half for 8 hours and those were the most painful 8 hours of my life! This was going on 15 hours of active labor! Finally at around 18 hours the doctor did another pelvic and noticed no change. We had determined that maybe the baby’s head was too big, but didn’t know for sure. I was soo tired and exhausted from the whole ordeal that if I would have been able to make it all the way, I probably wouldn’t have had the energy to push! So Dr. Anderson called for a C-section. At first I felt like I had failed…but now that I look back it was the best thing for little J and me.
They prep me for a C-section, bring Hunky Hubs in the room and I just stared into his eyes the whole time telling him how much I loved him I was scared that they wouldn’t get the medicine into my spine since the epidural didn’t work and that I would feel a lot more of the c-section than I wanted to. But thankfully it went ok.
When Dr. Anderson brought the little guy out after trying to get his head out of my pelvis, she immediately knew that a natural birth wouldn’t have happened because his head was a little oblong shaped and just too big to fit. Little J has an indent on his head that will go away in time and a little bruising on the side of his temple from my pelvic bone, but he is soo beautiful and I can already see he’s gonna look like Hunky Hubs.
Happy Birthday little love!!
P.S. Hunky Hubs has uploaded a lot of pictures, so check out his myspace if you want to see more of our little trooper! 🙂
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