When I found out I was pregnant with my first child I was thrilled. My husband had just enlisted to join the Coast Guard, and I was happy to have something to occupy my mind while he was away in boot camp.
For the most part the pregnancy went as expected, until we hit a few bumps in the road at the end. Overall, I would say I really enjoyed being pregnant, it was what came next that was shocking to me.
I started going into labor after my doctor stripped my membranes. I started regular contractions at about 9pm the night of my last doctor’s visit. The next day I started nesting like crazy, and went shopping for cleaning supplies. It was around 4pm when I realized I was in labor and was told to head to the hospital.
So what exactly did I find so shocking?
The labor was incredibly long, and I didn’t want an epidural until it was too late. I’m not sure if it was because of the intensity of the pain, or the labor itself, but I just started getting nauseous. No one warned me about this. They also didn’t tell me that after a giving me pain meds in my IV they would try to make me use a bed pan. A bed pan, for this overly modest woman? I don’t think so! Do you know how hard it is to “hold it” when you are in labor. Needless to say this made my labor a thousand times worse.
My labor was extremely stressful, and I really didn’t think they would ever get him out. Afterwards I started swelling very badly, everywhere. My legs were twice there normal size, but we called and the doctor said it was normal.
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