There are countless things I wish I knew about pregnancy and postpartum life. So I’ve decided to start a series where I talk about these things. I am basing these posts around my personal experiences and I am not a medical professional. This particular post is Things I wish someone told me: Labor and Delivery.
As with probably 99.9% of women, actually getting the baby out of me was the scariest part of the whole process. It felt good to be at the end but it was a terrifying realization that this baby had to get out of me one way or another and the options all seemed like the worst pain ever. I knew of the impending pain whether it’d be in the moment with some pain afterward (vaginal birth) or virtually no pain during and an immense amount of pain afterward (C-section) but there were other things I wish I’d known, specifically for an induction and C-section.As I did not go into labor naturally, this post will not be applicable to every labor and delivery situation.
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Reasons for induction
I was 39 weeks when I was induced. Many doctors will wait until your due date has come and gone but there are many medical and possibly non-medical reasons for being induced. I was induced because my son was getting very big for the size of my birth canal. That being said, I still practically had to beg my doctor for the induction. I was miserable and in so much pain and ready to be done with the pregnancy portion. My pain wasn’t without reason.
Induction takes forever
I was given a medicine like a tampon for about 12 hours. I read that if it worked quickly, it wouldn’t need to be in for 12 hours. I could feel it working about 20 minutes after it was inserted and I was optimistic that I wouldn’t be left there for 12 hours. Unfortunately, no dice. I also had to endure this part with no medication. I then was given Pitocin to speed up the process. Lastly, I had my water broken.
Forced water-breaking can hurt like a mother
I wish my water could’ve broken naturally. If that happened, however, I probably wouldn’t have needed an induction and probably not a C-section. Little Love’s head was positioned awkwardly and so in no world was that ever going to happen. The first time the doctor tried breaking my water, I still had zero medication and I was in so much pain. He couldn’t break it and that should’ve been a red flag right there, especially since he insisted it shouldn’t hurt. Once I had the epidural he was able to do it after a couple more attempts.
Induction leads to more C-sections
It seems like common sense but the whole time my doctor kept telling me that it was a toss up: I had a higher likely hood of needing a C-section, especially since I didn’t go into labor naturally. I was almost never going to go into labor naturally, however, as hard as my baby tried.
Reasons for C-sections
There are many reasons a doctor might recommend a C-section after a natural labor or induction. I trusted my doctor enough to not think he was just trying to make more money via the surgery. Some people might try to convince you doctors partake in this practice, however. I’ve known women who were automatically scheduled for C-sections because of their pregnancies. I’ve known women whose babies had the umbilical cord wrapped around their neck and if it weren’t for the surgery, the baby wouldn’t have survived. As for my story, it turns out my son was “sunny-side-up” (facing the wrong direction where he was face up) and his head was directly on my hip. There is absolutely no way he was ever going to come out on his own. The day after he was born my husband and I played all the what-ifs out (I don’t recommend doing this) and realized if this were the “olden” days, neither the baby nor I would’ve survived.
I don’t regret how my labor and delivery happened but I knew even before I became pregnant I’d probably need a C-section. My husband is just so much bigger than me and I had other doctors say that might be the case. In hindsight I would’ve just scheduled it.
Be on the lookout for the next post in this series about what I wish I knew to help me recover from a C-section. I hope this post helps any woman curious about the induction and C-section process. If you have anything you would like to add, let me know in the comments below or on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.
Happy days and see y’all soon!