My due date was December 12. In September, I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes and was told my child could be big. I stuck to the diet and checked my blood four times a day. I was able to regulate my blood sugar by changing my diet so things weren’t so bad and I only gained 20 pounds. The diet wasn’t so bad, but I do think pregnant women need to be able to eat chocolate! I started having contractions at 6:30 on November 30 which were 10 minutes apart. They stopped at 4 AM. At my next appointment, I was three centimeters dilated, but no longer having contractions. The doctor decided that if I didn’t go into labor, they would induce me on December 5.
On the morning of December 5, I went to the hospital for my induction. When I was checked in they started a Pitocin drip. At 8:30, they broke my water. I had contractions but they didn’t really hurt until 11 AM, when they really started kicking in. My husband was so good, helping me to breathe and stay focused but the contractions were coming every minute and a half and lasting a minute.
When the nurse asked me if I wanted any pain medication, I gave her an emphatic YES! It didn’t really help though, just knocked me out in between contractions. I would wake up at the height of each contraction and pretty much pass out at the end. I managed to ask for an epidural and it took three tries to get it in as I was having continuous contractions and in so much pain I couldn’t calm down. Finally, the epidural kicked in.
At 2:30 PM the doctor said I was at five centimeters but the baby’s head had begun to swell and I would need a C-section. At 4 PM, on the operating table, they found out the epidural had only numbed one side on me. Unfortunately, they figured this out after they had started the incision. My doctor decided I needed to be knocked out all the way, so my husband couldn’t be in room either.
Jack Oliver was born at 4:36 PM, but I didn’t meet him until 7:30. One look at that precious face and I could have done it all over again immediately. He was worth all the pain.