It has been over 6 months since my last post. It isn’t too hard to make out why I had stopped writing. Pregnancy and work takes a toll on you big time. But here I am now, three months post a healthy delivery, ready to share with you all my experience of child birth – Unmedicated, Natural birth.

My Journey to Unmedicated, Natural Birth

Given that I have a very low threshold of pain, I honestly never planned on having an unmedicated natural birth. I always thought I’d take an epidural if things got worse. But one thing was for sure – I knew I wanted to have a natural birth.

One thing is for sure and from what I have seen and experienced is that the more physically active you are, the more chances of you having a natural birth. I worked actively until I was 8 months pregnant and rested when I got heavier.

So the first thing that followed the delivery was losing the mucus plug. For those of you who don’t know what a mucus plug is – it is a very sticky jelly like substance that seals your cervix and blocking any infection from harming your baby.

I instantly looked up online how long I’d have to wait  until delivery. In a forum online, some women said 2-4 days, while others said even a week. There was one mother who said that she delivered her baby 4 hours after her mucus plug came out. I thought for a fraction of a second that this can’t possibly be. But I started having a very dull pain in my lower back. Instantly I started timing it because from what I knew these pains came in intervals of 15-20 minutes initially and gradually intensified.

So I took a piece of paper and started timing the contractions, which I didn’t think were contractions honestly. Some of them were only 5 minutes apart while others were 2-3 minutes apart. What I did not comprehend was the fact that it was possible. Although the pain was extremely bearable.

I thought I’d call my doctor just to check what was happening and she said it was time. It was then that I lost my cool and anxiety got the better of me. Suddenly I felt the contractions getting stronger every time they came. We went to the hospital and the nurse checked my dilation and I was 1 cm dilated. So much pain and just 1 cm?

It was 12.20 a.m. and I knew they were going to give me a pain relief so I could rest through the night. But they did not. I changed into hospital clothes and they gave me enema to clear my bowels. I did everything to distract myself from the pain – walked, breathed deeply, half-squatted everything. But nothing eased the pain.

The nurse came in again and checked for dilation at around 3 and I was 4 cm. So fast forward 2 hours I was dilated to 7 cm and it was then that my water broke. The pain was starting to get a little unbearable. Half an hour later the nurse checked again and she said I was 8 cm already and that they’d be taking me in in just a little while. I remember I was shouting for them to take me to the delivery room because I just wanted to get it over with.

So at 9 cm they took me inside around 5.50 am and 15 minutes later I gave birth to a healthy 6 pound baby girl. And boy what relief it was.

For most women, first delivery is always difficult with prolonged labor and discomfort. But from my experience, I think it is totally different for everyone. Different bodies, different experiences. I honestly have nothing negative to say about my unmedicated natural birth. Given my experience, I would relive those beautiful moments any day.

How was your experience of delivering your baby? Would you do it again given your experience?

 

8 Comments on What a Natural Birth Feels Like – My Journey

  1. Daisha Williams
    February 12, 2017 at 2:26 am (10 months ago)

    My first delivery with my daughter I labored mostly at home which was extremely uncomfortable to say the least but I spent most of the time in a tub, the water seemed to sooth my contractions. The rest of it I spent at the hospital, I didn’t get an epidural until I was 8 cm. Around 12:45 I delivered y 6lb baby girl Kymora in 10 minutes. In fact all 3 of my children were born in 10 minutes of pushing. I’m glad you got to experience the beauty of child birth and most importantly, motherhood. Congratulations!

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    • Tee
      February 12, 2017 at 2:51 am (10 months ago)

      Thank Daisha! Delivering the baby was indeed a beautiful experience. I also delivered my baby girl within 15 minutes of pushing and I was glad it didnt take longer than that as with most other women. Hats off to you for enduring the contractions at home. I couldnt have done it so I went straight to the hospital the moment I found out.
      Congratulations to you too on your third little bundle of joy.

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  2. Ruxi
    February 12, 2017 at 6:18 am (10 months ago)

    Two kids with two natural births. Second was in a pool, made a world of difference with pain management.

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    • Tee
      February 12, 2017 at 12:48 pm (10 months ago)

      I have always wondered how birthing in a pool feels like. You have so much strength for doing it!

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  3. Billiejo
    February 12, 2017 at 9:31 am (10 months ago)

    Thank you for sharing my first labour wad a few days with low back pains etc, after full contractions started it was just over 8 hours before he arrived. My 4th wad the fastest from first contraction to her arriving was around 35 minutes!! Last one was about 4 hours I hate seeing people say the second third etc always get easier cause they don’t for everyone.

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    • Tee
      February 12, 2017 at 12:50 pm (10 months ago)

      You had a few days of labour? Wow! And the fourth one with 35 minutes? Thats unbelievable!!
      I absolutely agree with you. It doesn’t get better for everyone.

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  4. Anmaria Djong I Onelazychic
    February 12, 2017 at 2:58 pm (10 months ago)

    I really really admire you and those mothers who goes through natural birth. I was too chicken out that I ask for epidural because I though I can’t hold that level of pain. Reading your blog at least give me the experience that I never had. Thank you so much for sharing this. Such a treasure and you definitely the coolest mom ever.

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    • Tee
      February 13, 2017 at 3:33 am (10 months ago)

      Thanks a lot Anmaria. It means a lot!
      You didn’t chicken out really. I also thought at first I wont be able to hold the pain but I guess it is all a mind game. To each his own. It is every mother’s choice how to bring the baby into this world. Cheers to being moms!

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