How long were your labors?
Kid #1: 14 hours
Kid #2: 14 hours
Kid #3: 14 hours
Aren't they supposed to get shorter the more kids you have? At least I'm consistent
How did you know you were in labor?
Kid #1: woke up at 2:30 am with back pain & contractions, unlike the Braxton-Hicks I had been having.
Kid #2, water breaking.
Kid #3, mild-contractions when I woke up for the day that were semi-regular. My doctor's appointment that same day confirmed that I was in labor, and, um, 6-8 cm dilated.
Where did you deliver?
With all of them, at a hospital. Homebirths are not for me.
#1: IV drugs. Requested epidural. Anesthesiologist was "busy". By the time he was "unbusy", I was already too far along.
#2: Epidural. Successful this time.
#3: No drugs until 9.5 cm. Requested epidural. Waited for 20 minutes. Still no anesthesiologist. Feel need to push. First push & baby was nearly out. As baby was crowning, anesthesiologist was knocking on door.
Note to self: If future pregnancies should occur, request epidural before arriving at hospital.
Nope. Thankful for that too. Really would rather not have one unless medical emergency necessitates it.
Hope you enjoy yourself a great day with family!
Doctors, thankfully. If I wouldn't have had a doctor's appointment the same day with #3, I think hubster might've had to wear his catcher's mitt.