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?