Friday, September 5, 2014

Labor and Delivery Story

Long version short, I have a new job. I'm a mom.
I delivered at the Huntington Memorial Hospital, Pasadena, CA

My delivery room
Difficult to get anywhere (restroom) with the IV attached to me

On my March 4th doctor's appointment, my doctor insisted that I go into labor that day. I was 39 weeks then. At first, I was neglectful because I wanted an all natural birth, but I had to go into labor in order to prevent a c-section; I could not wait another week. I got to the hospital around 2pm and was quickly put in the delivery room with the IV attached. Then, my doctor used an instrument to break my water (6:45pm). That was the messiest process and it did not get my contractions to start. Later that day, I was given oxytocin to start my contractions since breaking my water didn't do the job. Those were painful-- the contractions felt like menstrual cramps times fifty. 

I was in great, uncomfortable pain the whole night and it lasted all the way until the epidural, which was the next day at about 10am. At 1:30pm, my doctor finally gave me the OKAY to push.

I had my beautiful healthy baby boy on March 5 at 2:25pm. He weighed 7.67 pounds and was 20.5 inches long. My physician said the baby's size is relative to its mother's size. At 5'2 and 90 pounds (prior pregnancy), kudos to me for delivering a baby that size. I gained about 50 pounds throughout pregnancy and lost about 25 pounds first day postpartum. I didn't look fat. I received compliments that I looked better than before.