I am a mother of two beautiful children. Judah, my 3-year-old and Arielah, my 1 year old both have two completely different birth stories and I would like to share my natural hospital birth stories with you today!
If you’re reading this, you are probably pregnant or just love birth! I know when I was pregnant I binge-watched and read so many birth stories. They were so inspiring and helped me to understand what to look out for when it came to labour.
My pregnancy with Judah wasn’t the easiest. I remember seeing so many women whose pregnancies seemed like a walk in the park. I was SO ready to give birth.
Judah was “due” on March 9th but I had been feeling very heavy at around 34 weeks. By this point, I had gained A LOT of weight, mostly in water. I was very swollen and very tired.
My Midwife had warned me that because of my height and the size of my belly, there was a chance that I would give birth earlier than the due date.
On the morning of February 15th at 2 am, I woke up with very mild contractions. I thought that they might have been Braxton hicks contraction, but I called my Midwife anyways. At this point, I was 36 weeks and 6 days.
My midwife told me to keep monitoring them and to call her if they came more frequently.
I was able to go back to sleep for a little while until they started to feel more like period cramps.
Honestly, I was in denial that this was it. In my mind, it was supposed to be more painful.
Before getting pregnant, I suffered from severe menstrual cramps that would cause me to pass out. So in comparison, these contractions seemed like a walk in the Park.
By noon, the contractions did not seem like they were getting any worse or closer together. But they weren’t going away. I spent most of the afternoon walking around the house.
At 4 pm, I decided to call my midwife. Because I had had consistent contractions for so long, she decided that it would be a good idea if we met up. She offered to come to my house as most midwives do but I told her we would meet her at the office. The office was closer to the hospital anyway.
When we got to the office, my midwife checked to see if I was at all dilated. We were all shocked when the midwife told me I was already 8cm dilated!
This was it. He was coming soon!
We made it to the hospital at around 5:50 pm and my husband was checking me in at around 6 pm.
I remember that at that point I could barely walk without stopping because the pain was getting worse. Still bearable, but worse.
I had made the decision very early in pregnancy that I was going to do an unmedicated natural birth. But because of my history of passing out due to menstrual cramps, we thought it would be a good idea to be at a hospital. Just in case.
Related: how to have a natural unmedicated birth
I was so ready to do this! I had mentally prepared for this. But the pain just kept mounting. I started to get scared that I would pass out and that I wouldn’t be able to do it.
Thankfully I had chosen a really good team of people who supported my decision for a natural birth and they cheered me on through it.
Just 38 minutes after checking into the hospital, my son Judah was born. 6 lbs of pure love and joy.
I was so excited when I found out I was pregnant for the second time. I’m an only child, so I knew way before marriage that I at least wanted to have two children. Being an only child was lonely sometimes and I wanted my children to have siblings.
Because of my pregnancy experience with Judah, I was convinced that this second pregnancy would be easy! Boy, was I wrong…
Arielah was by far the HARDEST pregnancy. Vomitting was a normal part of my pregnancy with Judah but Ari’s pregnancy had me suffering from hyperemesis gravidarum. Medication was my savior from the beginning of the pregnancy up until about 36 weeks. I could barely function without it and I’m not one to keen on taking medication.
I was also convinced that because Judah came early, I also wouldn’t have to suffer for long in this pregnancy. But I was wrong about that as well.
Arielah was “due” on February 29, 2020 (leap year) and she was determined to make it to that day!
Nearing the end of the pregnancy, I was desperate for her to come out. I wasn’t able to go anywhere without a wheelchair in case I couldn’t walk anymore and I couldn’t sleep at all. My solution to that was to try to keep walking as much as I could.
I decided to take Judah to an indoor playground as the last hoorah before he became a big brother. He had me chasing after him and climbing. I don’t know how I did it, but I did!
They say to watch out for a sudden burst of energy near the end of pregnancy. It’s usually a sign that the baby is coming.
This must have been it because before that I could barely walk, but that day I climbed up that huge jungle gym with my boy. At this point in my pregnancy, I was 38 weeks and 6 days.
When we got home that evening, I was exhausted. But I felt the same and it seemed as though baby girl was determined to stay inside.
That night, I woke up around midnight in pain and I kept tossing and turning until about 1:30 am. The pain was so severe and sudden. It wasn’t like with Judah where I was woken up with mild cramping. THESE. CONTRACTIONS. HURT.
There was no buildup, no warning. Just PAIN.
During this time, my husband was working overnight shifts and I had my mom call him to come home.
My contractions were getting so close and so strong, I was worried that he wouldn’t get to the house quick enough.
Even though my first pregnancy went smoothly and I wanted to have a home birth, I still felt insecure about it. The setup of where we were living at that time just wasn’t, in my mind, conducive to a home birthing scenario.
When I called my midwife she suggested that she just come to the house and have the baby there but I protested and said to meet at the hospital instead.
Looking back I do wish I just had it at home, but I let my insecurity get the best of me.
The car ride was EXCRUCIATING. Every bump and turn only made the contractions worse. I was determined to have another unmedicated birth, but this one was testing me.
Thankfully I already had 1 natural unmedicated birth under my belt and these helpful tips. I was able to keep my focus and push through them.
Related Article: How to Have A Natural Unmedicated Birth
Once we got to the hospital and got settled in it was about 3 am. 42 minutes later, Arielah was born at 7 lbs 5 oz.
Both my deliveries were so different! Judah felt like a dream birth while Arielah was the most pain I’ve ever felt in my life.
But both births are my favourite and I wouldn’t change anything about them! They taught me so much about what my body is capable of.
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