*This is a long post* #sorrynotsorry
I was featured by one of my favorite mama brands today for #NWmamastory ! The question was "If you could go back and tell yourself one thing during labor what would it be?" And this was my answer...for the most part. Haha
I've not really shared my birth story too much just because it wasn't really as "exciting" as my pregnancy and after Fox got here I was just so happy it was all over and I could finally hold my boy. I'm going to share it now just because...well, I feel like it!
When I was 27 weeks pregnant I was diagnosed with pre-eclampsia. I was immediately sent to the hospital for steroid shots, taken out of work, put on bedrest, placed on a low sodium diet, and I would be spending two days a week at my OBGYN checking on Fox with bloodwork, unltrasounds, and non-stress tests. I can say, without a doubt, that this was the scariest thing I've ever experienced. I was basically told that he could come any day. I lived in fear, while trying to live in joy, for those next 10 weeks. I would be in the hospital about 5 more times before he would actually come, only to be sent on with a smile and a "he is okay!" For a long time I felt robbed, robbed of my first pregnancy, robbed of all the things I was excited to do, but God was in control.
At 37 weeks I was induced because it was no longer safe for Fox to live inside of me. We headed to the hospital on 1/29 at 8pm (it was snowing!) and I was the only one there. They started about by giving me a pill every 4 hours to get things going and told me to sleep. LOL that was not happening. I had very mild contractions throughout the night and when I woke up I was only 3cm dilated (only 1 more from when I actually arrived). Things were not progressing as planned so they took a more direct root and gave me something called a Foley Bulb (do not look this up, I'm serious). I went from 3 to 7cm in a matter of 2 or so hours. Now, Fox was head down, but he was facing the wrong direction (which they would later have to correct during delivery). This meant back labor, which has been said to be one of the most painful things in the world. *story continued in comments*