Labor and Birth

Giving birth is the most momentous part of pregnancy, and involves a lot of hard work, energy, and emotion. Whether you opted for natural childbirth or an epidural, tell us how your pregnancy progressed. Did you give birth at home or in hospital? Was it complication-free or was baby a little more stubborn? And, of course, how does it feel to have a new addition to your family? Help other women prepare for their birthing experience by telling us your story

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My baby boy

I got pregnant with my first child when I was 19 years old. My pregnancy went well and the birth went ok except for the fact that I am very small only weighing 95 pounds when I am not pregnant, and my baby was 8 pounds and came out face up. Babies that come out face up are a lot harder to push out, so I pushed for 2 hours before she arrived.

A year after her birth I got pregnant again. I went to have a small surgery done on my cervix and the blood test said I wasn't pregnant. A week after the surgery I just had a feeling and took a test and sure enough I was. My pregnancy was very uncomfortable. Towards the end around 26 weeks or so I just felt like I couldn't hold him in any longer.... but I 30 weeks I felt like I couldn't do it any longer...but I did.

Around 34 weeks I was dilated 1 cm, 35 weeks 2cm, and 36 wks almost 3. Everyone told me I would have such an easy birth since I was dilating early and it was my second child. My water broke at just 37 wks. I went to the hospital and nothing was happening so they put me on petocin. By 4 cm dilated I already couldn't take the pain. It was 100 times worse then with my first. I cried and begged for an epidural, which I got but I started itching all over and my blood pressure wouldnít stay normal, it kept dropping low.

So they let the epidural wear off and Oh my was the pain terrible. When the baby came down and I was ready to push I was in so much pain. I was pushing for 2 hours and the baby wasn't even crowning yet. I was being yelled at and put in so many different positions that finally I gave up and completely refused to do it. After 15 mins of refusing and getting nowhere I finally started to push again.

They got me a mirror so I could see my progress, which really, really helped me. It took my 3 hours to get him out and when he finally came out he was also face up like my daughter. The doctors think a tipped uterus may be to blame. He was 7 pounds 9 oz and PERFECT. After the birth I felt very sick and sore. Nobody would listen to me. They told me to get up and walk and I would feel better so I did. I had horrible pressure after visiting my son in the nursery and thought to go to the bathroom.

Something started to come out of me and it was the size of my sons head...the doctor came in to me in a panic and said it was some placenta left behind and I would be fine. The kept me an extra day and sent me home. The night a came home I went back to the ER feeling awfully sick. They did and ultra sound and said I was had a some fluid inside that would make its way out but not more pieces were left and send me home. That next morning more of the placenta was coming out and I had to go back to the ER.... where the doctor manually removed what was left of it. It was a horrible experience.

Pregnancy and giving birth is very hard...painful exhausting and sometimes traumatic but in the end it is all worth it. I love both my children more then anything in the world and I would do it all over again just to have them in my life. But I am definitely going to wait awhile before I want to be blessed with anymore. Children truly are a blessing!


not prepared

It was 3 days before my wedding and I found out that I was pregnant. I was 18 years old then and living with my husband and his family, my mom and family had moved to a different state. After I found out that I was pregnant, my husband and I moved to where my mother was because I wasnít going to be able to do it without her.

Anyway my pregnancy was great, no morning sickness, a little heartburn, and that was it until about 2 weeks before the baby was due, I started feeling weird and swelling up a lot more then normal so I went to the hospital and they sent me home again. On July 6 2005 I went in again because I thought my water broke, it didnít, so I went home and about an hour after that the doctor called me and said that I needed to come in on the 7th and get induced, so I made sure my bags were packed and everything was ready.

Well I went in the next day at 6:30 and they started inducing at 7 o'clock, (I recommend the epidural) at first it was okay the pain wasnít that bad, after awhile (about 6 or 7 the next morning) it started to hurt a lot. I had no meds at that point; about 5 o'clock that night they sent me home because I wasnít progressing any. Then at about 1 in the morning my contractions were about 5 min. apart so we went back, thatís when I got the epidural (that was great) when it was time for me to push I did as the doctor said, I was on my second push and the doctor said that they were going to have to do an emergency c-section, I was really scared, they ran me to the OR and put me under.

My wonderful baby girl was born July 9th at 9:44pm, though I wasnít able to see her until about 11. She is about 19 months old now and she'll be a big sister 1 month before her birthday the first week of June.

Iím just saying be ready for anything, oh and the reason for the emergency c-section was because the umbilical cord was wrapped around her neck 3 times.


2nd pregnancy, 2nd boy

Being pregnant at 20 was kind of hard considering I had a son who was not yet 2 and pregnant again. My boyfriend and I were surprised because I was on the birth control patch. I found out I was pregnant on September 3, 2004. It was actually my boyfriend's motherís birthday the day I found out.

My parents were shocked because they knew I was on birth control but took the news a lot better than I thought. My pregnancy went well until I was 8 months along. I had a high fever and yet again a bad kidney infection that I was in the hospital for. During my last couple of weeks I started noticing I was swelling up and there was protein in my urine so my doctor was really worried because that runs in my family.

I was having a planned c-section as well so instead of having my baby on the due date April 21,2005 I had my baby on April 13, 2005, weighing 8lbs 10oz 21 inches. It was an easy recovery and it was another boy. My second c-section was a lot easier than my first.

Now that Iím pregnant for the 3rd time Iím also having another c-section. Iím due August 15, 2007. In a couple of weeks Iím going to see what the baby is - hopefully a girl.

I hope you enjoyed my story.


all worth it

I was 18 when I became pregnant and in my last year of high school. Well I was surprised because I was only with my boyfriend for only 6 months and I was on the pill. Telling my parents was hard, so I told them a week after I found out.

My pregnancy was easy for the first couple of months, and then I got a bad kidney infection that I was hospitalized for. Other than that, everything went well. My due date was October 1, 2003 but my little boy had other plans. I had a baby shower on September 21, 2003 then on September 23 I was having labor pains so I went to the hospital I was 2 cm so the doctors made me walk and when I got back into the room I was 4 cm. My doctor broke my water {gross} and I was progressing well until I got to 9 cm then things got bad.

I was in labor for 25 hours without any more progress so I had to get an emergency c-section. My baby weighed 9lbs 15oz 18 inches, so there was no way I was able to push him out since Iím only 4'11 Ė very small. The recovery was a little painful but well worth it. Now he's almost 4 yrs old and has a little brother who's almost 2 and another brother or sister on the way in august. August 15, 2007.

Thatís my story. I hope you new mothers enjoyed it!!!!


Teenage Birth

I had my first baby when I was 15 years old.

I was taken to the hospital at 3 in the morning because I was having small contractions. Soon I was dilated to 10 and the doctors were telling me to push. I tried but I couldnít. They said the baby wasn't going to come out easy and they gave me an epidural. As soon as I said it was working they took me to the OR.

I could feel them tugging at me and it hurt really bad. The anesthesiologist put me out and I woke up a few hours later. I hurt really badly.

Now I'm pregnant with twins.


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