I had a perfectly routine pregnancy. I wasn't nauseous, didn't gain a whole lot of weight, and had no major issues. When it came to birth, I didn't have an exact plan and was pretty open to different options. Delivering natural was the original plan, but if the pain was too much I wasn't opposed to an epidural. After all this was my first child and I had never experienced labor before.
No woman in my family ever had an issue with pushing the baby out, was my body so different? C-section had never crossed my mind as an option. I did my research and decided I would still try for a natural birth. There were many stretches and different ways to give birth that could open up the pelvis. I was so determined but in the back of my mind I knew a c-section could be plan B.
I lost it. How could they send me away again?! I was in so much pain! My back even hurt when I wasn't contracting! I was running on no sleep, and to top it off a young nurse had the nerve to tell me "Well, you technically aren't in labor yet." If I was Carrie and had telekinesis powers, she would've been the first to go. Finally they called my dr, who told them not to send me away. (Hallelujah) She told them to admit me and let me relax in the jacuzzi tub. After about 45 min in the jacuzzi tub I was at a 4.
I know the plan was for a natural birth, but back labor is a different kind of monster. I was begging for an epidural. For hours I could only lay on my side almost unresponsive while my husband or mother put pressure on my lower back. When I was dilated at a 6 1/2 my water broke on its own, and finally I got my epidural. I was so in love with the idea of a natural birth, but the epidural was the best choice I could've made. I wouldn't have been able to truly enjoy my daughters birth if I was hunched over on my side in bed the entire time, not moving or talking. It was like night and day. Finally I was at a 10 and we started pushing.