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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How Could You Not Know?

My name is Becca Roulen, and I had my daughter when I was 15 years old. The thing is, until I pushed her out, I had no idea I was pregnant with her.

I woke up at four in the morning with cramps, and I just ignored them. The pain continued to get worse and worse and an hour after the pain started, I was bleeding. My dad came in my room to check on me, and said I was probably fine. Then he went to work and left me home alone. I took an ibuprofen, but the pain got worse and worse. At noon, I was on the floor screaming, and I was delirious from pain. I crawled to the bathroom, and tried to get my cell phone. I ended up puking in the toilet, peeing (well, it was actually my water breaking) and bleeding everywhere. How could I be in so much pain? I thought I was going to die, and the pain began getting worse and worse. When my dad came home, he found me, and rushed me to the ER. The doctor said "Becca, could you be pregnant?!" I shook my head no. A half an hour later, still in unbearable pain, the doctor came back. "Becca, you are pregnant." My eyes could have exploded, and my dad looked like he was going to faint. Afterall, I was only fifteen! They wheeled me into the delivery room, and made me push, with NO pain medication. I tore, and I screamed. I pushed for about 20 minutes and soon the baby girl came out. At first, I thought about adoption, and I was so disgusted. But when the put her in my arms, I smiled, and I felt so happy and joyful. I named her Amalia Marie. I called her baby's father and sure enough, he adored her. I am now 17 and Amalia is the joy to my life. You probably wonder HOW I could not know that I was pregnant. I got a light period twice during my pregnancy, I only gained 8 pounds, and I never felt the baby kick. But I am so blessed to have Amalia, and I am so happy that I became pregnant.


I didnt know

One night, at midnight, i woke up with a stomach pain. i went into the bathroom and noticed a brownish, gooey, blood like substance on my pants and figured i was starting my period so i tried to go back to bed. No such luck. 8 o'clok rolls around and i get up to go to work. Throughout the whole day my stomach ache gets worse and worse. After my 8 hours, painful, shift ends, i leave and go to my boyfriends house for dinner. The pain got so bad that i was rolling around on his bed screaming. His mom was really scared and though it might be my appendix and wanted to take me to the hospital. Thats when it happend, my water broke. i had no idea what it was, being only 16 and knowing nothing about pregnancy or babies, and decided to go since obviously something was wrong. when i got to the hospital they hooked me up to the machine and the doctor turns to me and says, "well, your stomach ache has a heart beat." within about an hour i was in the labor room giving birth to my son, WITHOUT any medication.

It may be hard to belive, especially if you have ever had a baby, but i really didnt know. I only gained about 10 LBS the whole time, i NEVER felt him kick, and i didnt show. No one knew that i was pregnent, and neither did i. i had absolutlely no syptoms. Every month i was having a very light period which i found out is actually very common.i was so scared giving birth because i didnt know how far along i was. After he was born they said i was full term, and possibly even over
I kept the baby, and he is now 7 months old. He is the happiest baby i have ever seen. At 6 weeks old he was sleeping 6 hours at night. Now he sleeps about 11 hours straight through the night. He is a miracle, it has been hard being a 16 year old mother but i am doing it. i am pround of myself for staying in school, working, and taking care of my son. i love him so much he is a blessing.


birth of my daughter

i felt my first contractions at just gone two in the morning.i was in so much pain and they were 15 minutes apart so went up to the hospital,they checked me over and sent me home.within half an hour,they were every 3 minutes and rang my midwife,she told me to get to the hospital.i grabbed my hospital bag and car seat and went to the door,still talking to the midwife,i felt the sudden urge to push.i started screaming and couldnt move,so we rang for an ambalance and my midwife said she was on her way to my house.i got took to my sofa and lent over it so i was on my contractions was alot stronger and closer.within 20 minutes the ambulance and my midwife were by my midwife examined me and said the baby was guna come so i started pushing,within 10 minutes my daughter was within an hour my daughter was born.she hd trouble breathing to start with and if it were for the ambulance crew and my midwife,we had been told she wouldnt make it,so thanks to them shes here.shes now 2 and im pregnant again.lucky for me i have the same midwife so i know im in good hands.thanks mary and the albulance crew.


A Miracle

I was 14 when me and My high school sweetheart had sex.We used protection so we wouldn't risk the chances of getting pregnant.So We Had Sex then About 2 and a half months later I found out I was pregnant when I kept having morning sicknesses.I didn't know I to tell my mom why I was gaining so much weight but I had to.I kept my pregnancy to myself for another month because when I got to my 3rd month it was showing.I texted my boyfriend and told him that I was pregnant.It took him a while to text back.When He did he said to meet him somewhere so I met him at our spot.At first I thought about not having the baby because he wanted to rap so I figured I would be messing things up but after talking to my girls I knew I could do it on my own if he wasn't down with it.So we met up talked about I sheded a couple of tears and he held me.He told me that no matter what he would stand by decision of whatever it was as long as it wasn't killing his child.So after 2months I had told my mother and she was very devastated.I didn't get to tell my dad because he wasn't in my life when I was young and after having my child I was determined to make something of myself to show him that him and my mother fucking wasn't for nothing.So I saw my dad around the 7th month of my pregnancy and told him alot of stuff that without him I could do bad all by myself.So with my mom and boyfriend by my side i was good.And My Girls my big supporters.After I had my daughter a few years after she turned 3 her father became big in the singing rapping industry and now we're happy.My daughter is 10 going on 11 now.I'm still with my man but we have problems sometimes but the love we have is inseparable


Premature Birth

My pregnancy was fantastic. I didn't felt sick, I was putting on the right weight, I was blooming. Each scans showed that my little boy was doing amazing.
Then at 3 am I woke up and wanted to pee. Going back to bed, for some reason I couldn't fall back asleep. Then I started to feel some cramps around my belly. I waited it pass and started to beleive it was just baxton hicks contractions. But the pain comae back and grew more intense each time. By 7 am I tried to eat a toast and drink some water....I threw up everything. I was in a lot of pain and I started to bleed ( not much only few drops). I called my husband and we went to the ER. I was examined and the midwife told me that I was 2.5 cm dialated. I couldn't beleive and cried! I was only 34 weeks prengnant! I was so scared. I kept saying: "It's too early! It's too early". But the baby was coming and we were told he might not breath and he will have to be placed in an incubator. At 5 pm I gave birth to Tristan. I cried straight away and was breathing on his own. He mad us proud. He was perfect and was weighting 4 pounds and 6 ounces. We only spent 1 minute with him before he was rushed to the Special Care. Since Tristan is doing great and he is two and half now and you will never beleive he was premature. Now my husband and I are trying for our Second Baby. And I am a little worried to give birth prematurely again, or even to give birth before 34 weeks. The only thing I was glad I did during my pregnancy is to have eating heatlhy, and looked after myself the best I could.



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