If you know me or read my blog, you know that from day one I wanted a natural birth. Along the way I was asked quite a bit about why I decided that and it was hard to answer because I had SO many answers.
- Our bodies were meant to do this so why shouldn't we at least try
- This is exactly how women did it back in the day before everyone opted for epidurals
- I despise needles and knew that I had a high pain tolerance
- I wanted to feel each part of birthing my child into this world
- I wanted to keep my baby safe from any drugs (I am aware there is little effect on them)
- My mom did it so I wanted to do it too
- There is a much shorter recovery period
- And lastly, everyone thought I was crazy or incapable and I wanted to prove it's possible
They sent me to a labor and delivery room for monitoring and then decided around 4pm to move me to another room. At this point I was still having regular contractions, no more than about six minutes apart. I knew this was the beginning of labor. On a normal day, I never had that many contractions. Eventually my new nurse in my new room told my mom that she didn't understand why they took me out of the labor room. She believed I was having a baby by the next morning. That lady gave me hope that my body was really doing this.
|They were pumping a lot of fluid into me, I look quite swollen here!|
|Late Monday night before the "no sleep" began. At this point the contractions varied from 4-6 minutes apart.|
As I said earlier, Pitocin scared me. It's just a drip that makes you contract more frequently and more painfully. The last thing I wanted in a natural labor was to receive something that would just make it worse. When you're in pain, you don't want to increase it!
So I soon began a journey, a long journey, towards delivering my baby naturally and helping my body believe that I COULD DO THIS. I was ready to endure the pain, relish in the moment and have a beautiful baby.
Stay tuned for my next post all about Natural Labor and you can learn whether or not I received the Pitocin. I can't wait to share the next post with you and I truly hope it inspires you!
|Men have it so easy...|