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Best/Worst part of your labor/delivery?

  1. littleblessings

    pear / 1739 posts

    LO1- best: water broke the morning of induction.
    Worst: my body didn't handle the epidural well and I passed out from it.

    LO2- best: came out in less than a minute of pushing.
    Worst: came during an ice storm m

    LO3- best: she had tons of hair. Lol. She was also my rainbow
    Worst: we tested positive coombs. All the effects they worried about her getting, I ended up with the day after I came home. That lasted for about 2 weeks. I was sooooo sick.

  2. Pumuckl

    pomegranate / 3601 posts

    Best: I went into labor naturally at 41+2 (the day after labor
    would have been induced)
    Worst: He was in compound position (that ring of fire was so true for him)

    Best: I went from 3 maybe 4cm to baby in less than 20 minutes
    Worst: I had slight contractions starting at 11pm the night before she was born, so I was sooo tired as I was not able to sleep.

    LO3 & LO4 (twins):
    Best: I had an epidural free spontanous birth with twins
    Worst: Not being able to hold twin A immediately after birth as I first had to get her brother out

  3. thepaperbutterfly

    grape / 98 posts

    Best: My daughter was born.
    Worst: It was supposed to be a scheduled C-section, but severe pre-eclampsia made it an emergency 2 days before the scheduled one so it happened at 4am. My family that lives on the other side of the country didn't even arrive till later that day (which would have been 1 day before the scheduled one), so it was just me and my husband at the time of her birth. The spinal didn't work so well so it felt like I was being disemboweled during my C-section. I had to be on a magnesium drip for 2 days after birth because they couldn't get my blood pressure under control, and they kept me intentionally dehydrated so I didn't get some sort of side effect (I think it was pulmonary edema?)). Also, I was massively swollen from pre-eclampsia, so there are very few pics of me with my daughter (I felt so huge and disgusting).

    Hoping things go a little better with DS XD

  4. snowjewelz

    wonderful kiwi / 23653 posts

    @agold: Yes!! You reminded me that I had amazing nurses both times that MADE my whole experience!

    @ElbieKay: That is an amazingly smooth delivery for twins

    @Mama Bird: Haha that is amazing that you were able to just take a quick nap to recharge!

    @littleblessings: Ugggh that must have been so awful to be so sick post partum!

  5. Becky

    persimmon / 1390 posts

    Best - When I finally got an epidural and it was like the whole world changed: the lights seemed softer, I was okay seeing people.
    Worst - Being on a super high pit drip for hours and not gettin any break between contractions.

    Best - Super fast! It was a picture perfect delivery. My favorite parts were when my water broke in the hallway and the nurse said “You go girl!” And when I got out of transition into pushing and was so excited about how cool it was to actually get a break between contractions. Also, recovery. No tearing and no pain.
    Worst: Transition. It went pretty fast so I consider it just a “part” but I spent that 15-20 minutes on my side and refused to move or open my eyes (they had to manually move me onto my back).

  6. DesertDreams88

    grapefruit / 4361 posts

    @birdofafeather: huh, weird. I tried googling just a bit (at work) and it's a bit confusing. So I have blood type O and LO1 has B and LO2 also has B.... but I never heard about that being an issue so I guess it wasn't for us / them?

    @littleblessings: too.

  7. birdofafeather

    pineapple / 12053 posts

    @DesertDreams88: https://med.stanford.edu/newborns/professional-education/jaundice-and-phototherapy/the-coombs--test.html

    “The two most commonly recognized forms of antibody-mediated hemolysis in newborns are Rh incompatibility and ABO incompatibility.

    Rh incompatibility occurs when a mother who is type Rh - (and has naturally occuring anti-Rh antibodies in her serum) gives birth to an infant who is Rh+. If any mixing of maternal and fetal blood occurs during pregnancy or the birth process, the mother's anti-Rh antibodies will vigorously attack the baby's Rh+ rbcs by adhering to, and then lysing, the cells.

    ABO incompatibility occurs by the same general mechanism. Type O mothers are most commonly impacted, since they carry both anti-A and anti-B antibodies. If the infant is type A, type B, or type AB, risk for incompatibility exists. This is frequently referred to as a "set-up". If mixing of maternal and fetal blood occurs during pregnancy or the birth process, these antibodies can also attack the baby's rbcs and cause hemolysis. In general, this reaction is less serious than Rh incompatibility (which can be fatal if severe and untreated), and usually only results in jaundice and mild anemia.

    An important thing to remember is that the presence of a positive coombs' test in the lab does not necessarily result in hyperbilirubinemia in the infant. The risk of needing phototherapy is certainly greater, but there are many factors impacting bilirubin levels, and assessment of all of these elements is critical to making an appropriate decision about treatment.”


    “In contrast to Rh incompatibility, which tends to become more severe with each subsequent Rh positive pregnancy, ABO incompatibility does not demonstrate any consistent pattern. Thus, the patient’s first offspring may have clinically important hemolytic disease of the newborn due to ABO incompatibility, while subsequent newborns may be unaffected or very mildly affected. Because of the rarity of severe intrauterine hemolysis due to ABO incompatibility, assessment for intrauterine fetal anemia is not recommended based on the mother having type O blood. Measurement of IgG anti-A and anti-B antibody may be considered part of the evaluation of unexplained signs of fetal anemia such as ascites or hydrops when the mother is type O. Collecting a cord blood sample at birth for blood type and direct antibody testing should be considered when the mother is type O and a previous child had hemolytic disease of the newborn due to ABO incompatibility.“

    Sorry for the novel and thread derailment but DD2’s jaundice levels were much higher and I didn’t know enough about the Coombs positive test I had with DD1 to prep. So in my case, first two girls were Coombs positive and jaundiced. If you were Coombs negative and/or your kids not jaundiced, then not an issue! You would probably go back in their records and check.

  8. codeitall

    clementine / 874 posts

    Best: watching hours of Pawn Stars with the epidural going.

    Worst: Driving 2 hours from another state in early labor because stinker decided to come over a week early

    LO2: Best: Hearing that the nurses intercepted the anesthesiologist on his way to a c-section to give me an epidural after I got to the hospital at 8cm.

    Worst: Waiting at home in transition while DH drove across town and back to get our emergency babysitter for LO1 and then driving to the hospital.


    apricot / 430 posts

    Worst: Not knowing I was in labor or that my water had broken, so I just thought I was constipated (lol)! Looking back, the back and tailbone pain that I had experienced for the last 6 months was a little worse that day and was more intermittent, so I probably started labor around 5:30pm. At 7:30pm I was throwing up - that's when we realized that I was in labor. I couldn't open my eyes from the pain while we checked in and went to triage around 9pm- DH basically lead me blind. They asked me to lie down to check my waters because "I might not be in labor", which was excruciating on multiple levels.

    Best: the epidural was awesome (could finally open my eyes and still move my legs) and I went from 2cm to 10cm in 45 minutes and pushed for maybe an hour? Honestly, I have no idea because the clock was hidden behind the monitor!

  10. MrsADS

    nectarine / 2262 posts

    Baby #1:
    - Best: spontaneous fast labor; got an epidural about 6cm, only pushed 15 minutes
    - Worst: baby's HR crashed during pushing and I couldn't get him out b/c he had his arm by his head, so my OB had to cut a huge episiotomy to get him out asap. Recovery was a b*tch

    Baby #2:
    - Best: Induced so no rush to the hospital in labor; labor was VERY FAST (1 hour from water breaking to baby); Cervidil alone was enough to start labor; pushed for like a minute or two
    - Worst: Labor was so fast I didn't get an epidural! The most horrible hour and a half of my life, honestly - no break at all between contractions, just constant horrific pain.

  11. LadyDi

    persimmon / 1380 posts

    @Sams Mom: I lol'd at your postpartum poop comment. That was my worst with DS2. DH wasn't home and I was afraid I was going to have to call 911 from my bathroom while DS was asleep in his swing.

    Best: a great anesthesiologist and nurse team. I ended up having an emergency c section and everyone was great and so calming.

    Worst: When DS's heart rate kept dropping they made me try a few different things (oxygen, laying on one side, etc). Eventually my epidural was wearing off on one side and they made me get up on my hands and my knees with my butt up in the air. I was so humiliated and exhausted and cried into my pillow.

    Best: we had a scheduled c section, the whole thing was pretty smooth sailing.

    Worst: As I said before...postpartum poo. Worst moment ever.


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