When we found out I was pregnant, a sea of emotions took over me. As I think back now, all I remember was crying profusely while I watched the Clear Blue Digital Pregnancy Test display “Pregnant” followed by “2-3 weeks”. I was ecstatic. I’d already taken 2 test over a span of 4 weeks prior to this one, just to be told “nope, not pregnant.” And finally here I was… pregnant!
Although my pregnancy was fairly “easy”, I did suffer from severe morning sickness and tiredness for the first 12 weeks. And so we waited for Little Logan. And waited and waited. For a full 42 weeks. Yup you read right, a WHOLE 42 weeks! Now, my hospital bag was packed at around 32 weeks. At 34 weeks I repacked it again and went through my hospital list to make sure I had everything in there. When 38 weeks came along I started looking at ways to induce labor naturally, as my doctor mentioned at my 38 week appointment “in most cases first born babies are known to be lazy and most first time moms go over their due date.”
When week 40 came around I was DONE! My feet were swollen, I’d gain about 10kg’s and I just wanted to meet my baby already. So I started with all the basic labor inducing techniques but nothing worked. Nipple stimulation, spicy food, walking, dancing, essential oils. Nothing. And so, on January 3rd I went for my last check up with my doctor, who confirmed that induction is a no-go as baby hadn’t dropped at all and if he induces me I’d likely end up getting a C-Section anyway.
When I got in the car I started crying. I was scared sh*tless! My biggest fear is needles and knowing I’d have a needle stuck into my spine was really freaking me out!
My husband, my mom and I got up at 4am and headed to the hospital. When I got there I had some last minute medical aid stuff to sort out and from there we headed to the Maternity Ward. The nurse was so kind. I got weighed and changed into the hospital gown. My C-Section was scheduled at 9am, but at 7am I was told “it’s time”. I was freaking out!
Now, let me just say, I did freak out and I was really scared because I did not know what to expect. But now that I look back I can say with confidence it was really not that bad. The katheter was the worst part of the whole procedure. Seriously. I went in at 7am and at 07:36 my son was born and by 8:15 I was out of theater.
So what did I learn?
- Even if you say out loud 1 000 times that you want to have a natural birth, it might not be medically possible. My heart broke when I heard I had to go in for a C-Section, but unfortunately Logan was not “engaging” into the birth canal and my amniotic fluid levels were getting low.
- An epidural is scary AF but it really isn’t that bad!
- I’ll say that again: an epidural is scary AF but it really isn’t that bad!
- Have your hospital bag packed anywhere from week 32, but be prepared to repack it a few times.
- Having a C-Section feels like “kneading dough” as they pull and tuck on your tummy.
- Ask the nurse to insert the katheter AFTER you’ve had the epidural. I din’t know I could.
- The sooner you get up and move afterwards, the better but take it slow.
- Even if your baby is due in the summer, take some winter clothes and blankets too.
- Your baby might be too big for “Newborn” clothes, despite what the ultrasound says.
- If you’re considering breastfeeding, make sure to consult a Lactation Specialist. Trust me on this one.