A Birth Story & Recovery

Hi everyone!  If you’ve been following me on Instagram, then you know that my son was born on Thursday, June 15.  He and I are both doing well and I’m loving every minute with this sweet new child of mine.  He has been such an easy baby so far (hoping that doesn’t jinx it)!

For today’s post, I’m going to share a brief version of his birth story and how my recovery/transition with 2 kids has been.  So here we go!

Birth Story

I had an induction scheduled for Thursday, June 15.  I figured giving my son 1 week +2 days past his due date was enough for him, and frankly, all that I could take.  My husband and I arrived at the hospital at 7:00 that morning and waited in triage for about an hour.

At 8:00 we were checked into the delivery room.  My doctor was out all that week, so a midwife she works closely with attended the birth instead.  I was able to meet her a couple times before my scheduled induction and was actually more than happy to have her help deliver my son.

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                                             Almost 41 weeks Pregnant

My goal for this birth was to have it as naturally as possible, but keeping in mind that so long as my baby and I were healthy nothing else really mattered.  I decided to have an IV put in my arm just in case I needed an epidural (had one with my first child).  Before breaking my water, I had the midwife check me – I was only 3 cm dilated, but 90% effaced.  She and the nurse assured me that this was a good starting point because I was a bit worried that I wasn’t further dilated.  The midwife broke my water around 8:30 and then my husband and I walked circles around the hospital to get things moving.

Within the first hour I started feeling my contractions about every 4 minutes (hadn’t felt any prior to getting my water broken).  After another hour, they had progressed to 3 minutes apart and began picking up in intensity.  I had my husband run off to get himself some food before it was too late – and good thing because things progressed quite quickly between the 10:30-11:00 mark.

Around 11:00 I was starting to feel that I just couldn’t go on.  That epidural was the most appealing thing ever!  I couldn’t stop thinking about it, haha!  When the midwife showed up to check on me I asked to see how far I’d progressed.  She checked me and said I was 7 cm dilated and completely effaced.  I couldn’t have been happier!  I decided then and there that this was it – I was going to push through and get the natural birth that I wanted.

By about 11:45 my body gave me the signal that it was time to get this kid out!  I pushed for only 13 minutes and then my sweet little boy was sitting in my arms.  (He was born with the cord wrapped around his neck, which scared me to death, but he was fine within a few seconds.)  He was passed directly to me after delivery and we did skin to skin.  We also delayed the cord clamping until all the blood had pulsed out.  I felt amazing!  Yes, in pain, but having a medication-free birth put me on such a high.  I was so proud of myself and felt like superwoman the rest of the day.  (Take note, I am by no means bashing anyone who has opted for an epidural or C-section or any other intervention.  I had an epidural with my first son.  In fact, I don’t think I could have done it without an epidural then.)

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About an hour after his birth I was up and walking around.  I was sore, but felt pretty good for the most part.  I took a quick bath while my husband held our son and then we made our way up to the recovery room.  We only stayed one night (thank goodness because my husband and I get the worst sleep in hospitals) and left the following afternoon.  Neither me nor my son had any issues or complications, yay!

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Recovery

My recovery has been great, to say the least.  The fact that I pushed for 3.5 hours during my first son’s birth and had an epidural (plus it was my first delivery) made that recovery a bit longer and harder but it wasn’t bad by any means.  This time around I have been able to move easily, only had to take IB Prophen the first couple days after delivery and am already able to go on light walks.

I’m waiting to go back to the gym just because I don’t want to get ahead of myself.  I know the typical recommendation is to not workout before 6 weeks but I will be back doing light exercise before that time.  Having worked out during my entire pregnancy and the fact that I had an easy birth means I’ll be ready to workout sooner.

The hardest part of my recovery has been adjusting to having 2 children and splitting my time between them both.  My older son gets jealous every now and then because I’m having to be with the new baby, but he’s getting better.

Also, can we talk about the “postpartum body”?!  It’s so hard to dress!  I can fit into my pregnancy clothes but they look so silly.  My body just has the weirdest proportions right now.  I still look pregnant, but only in my stomach – which was firm during pregnancy but now soft and jello-like.  Haha!  I just have to laugh because nothing but time will heal it and it’s not fat, but literally just a stretched out uterus that needs time to shrink.

Anyway, that sums up my birth and recovery.  Overall, everything is good!  I have plenty of support from family and friends and feel so much more confident with this baby than my first.  The first time around is a whirlwind for any parent.  No matter how much research you do or kids you’ve babysat, it’s just not the same as having your own child.

If you have any questions, I’m more than happy to answer them.  You can always comment or email me (realfoodrabbit@gmail.com).

Thanks for reading!

Katie

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