Birth Stories Unmedicated Childbirth | Parents

Birth Stories Unmedicated Childbirth | Parents


When I went to the doctor for my checkup to
see if everything was going okay or if they had to induce me, I went in and they told
me I was 4 cm dilated and had a contraction that I didn’t know. I was due on July 31st
and nothing was happening. So, I went up being five days late. They were telling me I was
gonna have to get induced and I really didn’t wanna be induced. So, we were doing whatever
we could to make him come beforehand. So, the things we tried were spicy food like Chinese
and Mexican, things like that. Someone had suggested primrose oil, so I took that. I’m
not sure if that did anything. Tons of walking. Now, we don’t really know if any of those
happened to work or he just decided to come and, you know, plus five. So, we’ll never
really know. They told us just to check in to the hospital and we did that. We got started.
They told me they could let me just get going. And if I’m not progressing fast enough, they
would give me the Pitocin. I asked if we could break my water first and they agreed to that,
so we broke my water. At that point, I still hadn’t really felt much pain. But once they
broke my water, things happened a lot faster and it started to hurt and that’s when it
got kind of real. In the beginning, the doctor wasn’t there so they told me I couldn’t push
even though my body was telling me you need to push. And that was probably the most painful
thing out of the entire thing because your body is trying to push this baby out and they’re
saying, sorry, the doctor’s not here, you can’t push, so I had to like hold him in kind
of. I pushed for probably about 2 hours, maybe an hour and a half, I think it would have
been, and true enough he came. So, I was in labor for about 9 hours and then Ryder was
born at about 10:42 p.m. on August 5th. All my friends who had babies had kind of prepared
me for some of the things that happened during recovery and so I felt there were a lot of
things that I was ready for. But because I had a third-degree tear, it took a good six
weeks before I felt like I could walk normal. It was really uncomfortable and I think it
was really hard emotionally because I wanted to be able to be up and taking care of him.
I think really it was mostly friends and family that helped me to get through that part and
just other friends that were going through the same thing or had just finished going
through that. I think that was huge too because I could talk to her about it and they could
help me feel better.

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