It’s time!! You have been waiting 9…err 10 months for this!
Finally, all the anticipation has led to this moment.
Soon, your achy back and swollen feet will a distant memory.
Your labor may have started on its own or you may have had to be induced. However it happened…now is the time.
Lets chat for a few minutes about the funny (and real) things that happened to me and some friends in the weeks leading up to active labor.
LOTS of Braxton Hicks. How many times did I say, “this is IT“. And then poof….after an hour of continuous contractions they disappeared. WTH!?!?
Was that my mucus plug??? Can you loose it twice? What about three times?? (I called the doctor on all three of these occasions…she thought I was slightly off my rocker.)
You probably have done everything possible to get baby out.
I walked my basement and did lunges for an hour straight. I ate eggplant. I ate spicy food (hello heart burn). I drank some gross, special tea. I did the deed that got me here in the first place. Unfortunately for me, with baby #2, none of the above worked. Baby was on her own time.
Labor can be loooong and painful. I have yet to meet someone who did not have a painful labor. You may choose to use drugs. (I certainly did!) Or you may choose to do it all natural. (Rock Star!)
When you have finally reached 9 1/2 centimeters your nurse will let you start pushing. NEWS FLASH: At least in my experience…the NURSE is your B.F.F. She will guide you through the whole process. Your doctor will come in to check your progress a few times and then again to catch baby as she is on her way out.
Your nurse will be your saving grace….be nice!
Labor/Delivery was the easy part…now brace yourself for Welcoming Baby!!