Labor & Delivery

Questions and stories about giving birth, including induction, natural childbirth methods, getting an epidural, c-sections, VBAC and more.

Anonymous posted in Labor & Delivery Feb 14

How soon did you go into labor after..

You started losing your mucus plug? Mine has been coming out the past few days and I’ve had lower back pain and cramping. Just curious about other labor experiences! 38wks+5days. TIA.

  • Kieli
    Feb 15

    With my first pregnancy I lost it weeks before my daughter was born. I thought for sure she would come anytime after that but no, and even a day after her due date

  • Tiana
    Saturday

    I lost mine 30 min before going into labor. Mucus plug. Massive dramatic water breaking like in the movies, and then contractions hit me like a truck. Absolutely no doubt that it was labor! My friend drifted back and forth from the hospital with false alarms for 3 days. Funny how we’re all unique in our birth journeys!

Preterm labor

Hey mommies i need some advice... I had a wee fall a couple days ago, slipped on wet concrete snd landed on my side. When i came in to the hospital They said I was in preterm labor because at some point in the last five days i had lost my mucus plug and dialated to 3 cm. Im 34 weeks and 4 days today. They did an ultrasound and said the baby had settled or "dropped" into my pelvis. Con... More

  • Lily
    Feb 14

    My baby was 2 weeks early because I had to have her because of health reasons. She was 6lb 5oz. She was just fine, and is a huge toddler now! Don't worry, just rest a lot and get ready for your baby:)

Nearing my due date; what goes on after baby is delivered?

Im 4 weeks away from my due date and just a little curious on what will go on after little one is delivered. will there be a million tests done on baby? I know they will do the heel test, hearing test and carseat test before releasing us but are there more im missing? Will i have to worry about blood/ urine testing while in labor? No one seems to post about what goes on after baby is delivered ... More

  • Kieli
    Feb 09

    So my daughter had her first bowl movement before she entered the world. So after she was born they had to cut the umbilical cord right away and clear her mouth and nose. Since they took her away already they weighed her, got her height and cleaned the rest of her up as well. Then they gave her to me, and told me to start breastfeeding if that’s what I wanted. So I did. And she was born at 9:44... More

  • Raji
    Feb 09

    For my daughter’s birth it was just husband and I... had no family near by. She came out crying and was cleaned up a bit and was put on my chest. We did delayed cord clamping; husband cut it. Then she was cleaned up( we opted for no bath for her as the white stuff on her skin is good for it) and she was measured and given her eye drop and couple of other exams. Then I tried to breastfeed her bu... More

2cm dilated at 37 weeks

Expecting second baby and first one came a little early, and I know being dilated does NOT mean that the baby will come quicker at all but I’ve been having so much pressure and cramping I just have a gut feeling this baby will be here before her due date. Any other mommas give birth before the due date with similar circumstances? Just curious to hear other birth stories 🙂 TIA

  • MamaNukesYopolo
    Feb 08

    My first baby I went into labor three days before his due date. My second I dilated faster but then sat at 2cm from 37-39 weeks. Then the morning before his due date, I was climbing into bed and my water broke. So he came a day early. My third, I had to be induced 9 day early because I was almost 6 cm at a dr visit. Anything can happen. I advise you (as impossible as I know it is) not to think ... More

Anonymous posted in Labor & Delivery Feb 02

Labor soon????

Please tell me that nights sweats towards the end of pregnancy is a sign of going into labor soon?! Ugh I’m so over being pregnant. I’ve been pregnant for a year and a half with only a 10 week break in between both pregnancies.

Anonymous posted in Labor & Delivery Jan 29

Should I write a birth plan?

Hi all- FTM here. I’ll be giving birth in a hospital and I’m very pro epidural. I plan on basically just listening to whatever the medical staff tells me as things progress. I’m wondering if it’s worth writing a birth plan? Curious what others in a similar situation did. If you did write a plan, what went in it? Thanks!

  • Aipery Usenbaev
    Jan 31

    Hi, congratulations! It is a good idea to have a plan. But no one i know ever used it. Maybe some prioritization would help. Familiarize yourself and your loved ones that will be there of how you would like everything to work out ideally. Also educate of possibilities and if something happens what would you like or entirely refuse to do.

  • Alexandra
    Feb 11

    Hi, I think it could be quite worthwhile to read a few examples and take a stab at writing your own birth plan if only because it will really help you think through all that will happen on this journey! No matter how prepared you think you are and your willingness to put your trust in your medical team and just go with the flow, things about this special amazing experience are going to surprise... More

Anonymous posted in Child's Health Jan 22

Going into labor while having a cold!

One of my biggest anxiety is going into labor and having a cold. What does one do in that situation. I keep imagining a newborn with no immune system, who only knows how to breathe through it’s nose. And here I am with all these cold symptoms. What happens then? Help.

  • Lily
    Jan 25

    Agreed, breastfeeding!!!!!!!

  • Hope Brown
    Jan 31

    Breastfeeding for sure. I didn't even do it that long and my twins got their first cold at 16 months. Breastmilk antibodies are the business.

Worried about heart failure

Okay so I have a question. When I was in labor I had gotten the epidural which my body didn’t react well to. When I got it I was numb in like 1 minute and my legs were basically dead I couldn’t lift them for them to put the catheter in. But that’s besides the point, my whole body got numb and I couldn’t breath which lead me to getting a panic attack and an emergency c-section because baby and I... More

  • Yo
    Jan 21

    The best thing to do is talk to your doctor to see if there is any tests that can be done to check if there is anything abnormal. Oftentimes they put general information in the hospital discharge papers. Also not every explanation you find online applies to your personal case. There might be different factors that can cause such condition, so please check with your doctor.

  • Morgan
    Jan 24

    I would call your doctor

Anonymous posted in Labor & Delivery Jan 19

Vbac?

Has anyone had both a vaginal delivery and a c section? Which did you prefer? Would love to hear your experience. I had a c section with my first and now I have to decide what to do about my second! Both have pros and cons in my opinion.

  • Kim
    Jan 23

    I have had both. First was a c-section and second was Vbac. I had to search to find a doctor that would let me try for it. I definitely preferred the vaginal delivery over cesarean. I got lucky and only tore a little bit and didn’t need stitches. C-section took so much longer recovery wise and much more painful in my opinion.

  • Anonymous
    Feb 04

    I’ve never had a VBac I wanted one after my first emergency csection which was 19 months prior to that. I was told by my doctor I hadn’t been enough time for my body to heal. It wasn’t until I had my third baby 8 years later I found out other moms who had gotten pregnant right after a csection went on to have vbacs. With my third I switched doctors to one who supported the idea of trying for a ... More

Anonymous posted in Labor & Delivery Jan 10

Birthing classes

I am pregnant with my second baby and with my first I never got around to signing up for birthing classes and I ended up having a c-section. Is it worth it to do some birthing classes or no?

  • Elisabeth
    Jan 15

    Birth is finite. It is going to happen, and there are lots of professionals there to help you. I teach a class called Transition to Parenthood that focuses on the social emotional shift from being a couple to being a family. Parenting is a marathon. Being on the same page as parents and having a long term parenting plan will do more to help your child thrive than having a birth plan. Personal... More

  • Anonymous
    Feb 04

    They probably can be. For me personally no I ended up having a csection, I’ve had 3 now. They spent two seconds talking about this so when I had my first I was extremely unprepared

Anonymous posted in Labor & Delivery Jan 05

What did you do with kids when you went into labor?

I have a week left till my due date!!! Finally! But I have a 10 month old and I’m super nervous about things when it goes down. I know my mom could watch her while I’m in labor, but I don’t want to be away from her 3 days while I’m in the hospital. Plus we co-sleep. I thought about taking the pack and play so she can sleep there with us. What did you guys do?

  • Stephenie
    Jan 15

    My mother is great with kids and especially with my daughter who was 20 months at the time of my delivery. I was also worried because I was cosleeping as well at the time but my kid was fine and ended up being a “big girl” when I was in the hospital. I cried but it was better that she had the full attention from grandma while I focused on the new baby for the first day. Did you give birth yet? ... More

  • Anonymous
    Jan 16

    The baby came in the middle of the night so I did end up leaving LO with my mom, it sucked but it did allow my husband and I just to focus on the new baby coming and have bonding time alone.. thankfully I only had to stay that night and another so it wasn’t too bad 😪 plus with the nurses checking in and taking care of the new baby I’m glad my mom had her, else I wouldn’t have gotten a wink of ... More

Anonymous posted in Labor & Delivery Jan 02

Music during Labor

Did anyone who has had a baby before play music in the delivery room? Or is anyone planning to make a delivery playlist?

  • PK
    Jan 03

    I had a playlist set up and we listened in the car on the way to the hospital. I labored all through the night so my husband didn’t feel comfortable turning it on for me in the room since we weren’t sure how sound proof the walls were.. and he was nervous and music doesn’t help him.. and I had to try to sleep after I got my epidural.

  • Lauren
    Jan 04

    If you are going to make a playlist have a few ready to go. I though we’d listen to the ‘coffee house’ mix on Spotify. All I wanted in the moment was gangster rap which left my husband scrambling 😆

Anonymous posted in Labor & Delivery Dec 10

Did anyone experience pulsating/throbbing back pain?

30 more days till due date! But lately I’ve been getting pulsating back pain, like all over my back lower/upper even radiates to neck but mainly in middle back and I get b.hicks sometimes with it too.

  • Mimi
    Dec 10

    When I had my son I had back labor what seemed like forever lol. It wasn’t that far ahead of due date though. Is this your first baby?

  • Anonymous
    Dec 10

    This is the second, first one came at 38 weeks and the pregnancies are close too

Anonymous posted in Labor & Delivery Dec 06

Epidural

Has anyone experienced back pain after getting an epidural? I've heard this is a possible side effect but not sure if it's true.

  • Jaime
    Dec 17

    My epidurals were meh-- Both wore off after about 4 hours, and there's a mild "achey-ness" in the spot where they had to do the epidural at. It hurts every now and then when I run or lay wrong on it. I wouldn't say I regretted getting it, but I don't think it helped me much, especially after it wore off. :(

  • Amanda
    Jan 21

    I had an epidural for all of mine. Couldn’t imagine giving birth without. Props to all the strong women who have given birth naturally! When people say giving birth is the most painful experience in the world I believe that’s true if you don’t get an epidural. I didn’t feel any pain. In my contractions yes, but as soon as my epidural kicks in my contractions were a lot less painful. Still pain... More

C-section scar still tender and weird feeling?

It’s been 8 months and my scar and tummy still feels numb yet tender? I don’t like touching my scar because it just feels uncomfortable. I don’t know how to explain it. Anyone experience this?

  • Devon
    Dec 06

    thank yall ladies! ok i guess i should’ve worded it differently, i wouldn’t say tender but i would say i can feel the area and not feel it at the same time. that’s why it’s uncomfortable lol. i see that i’m not alone though!

  • Ashley
    Dec 06

    My first c section was 7 years ago and before i got pregnant with my 8 month old, my scar is still numb 7 years later! Its just a normal thing. Every women's body is different and every pregnancy is different. It is completely normal to be tender and numb for a very long time. But if anything else is going on i would definitely see your doctor!

Labor: with and without epidural

I’ve been contemplating not using epidural for my second time delivery, I used it the for the first, but a lot of people have been telling me that they passed out and I don’t want to miss out on the first moments of my baby being brought in the world. Has anyone else done it and how was it? I remember how painful the contractions were but when they told me to stay still to get the epidural, I... More

  • Lily
    Dec 04

    I did no meds, and loved it! Plan on doing it the same way again. I wanted to be able to move around and get up after.

  • Ashley
    Jan 03

    For my first, I used meds but I was so shocked at the pain I asked for the epidural too early in my labour. In the last stretch of my 13 hour labour I felt ALL of the pain anyway and I gotta say I wish I didn't bother with the meds.. I most likely won't use it if we have another baby. There are many mental and physical excersize to help ease the pain of contractions.. look into someth... More

Anonymous posted in Labor & Delivery Dec 01

What did you pack for your hospital bag?

And when would be a good time to start packing?

  • Amy
    Dec 18

    I was glad I had my own nursing nightgown, with a shelf bra, to change into one we were in the postpartum room. Take a robe or soft cardigan - you may get cold with bare shoulders & chest, and is great if you have visitors. A long phone charger cord! A zip up sleep&play outfit for baby to go home in.

  • Tiana
    Jan 03

    I packed an entire bag and used NONE of it, except my phone charger, my own shampoo. I was too tired to put on any makeup, my nursing gown never came out as I was scared of soiling it from all the goop that invariably comes out, I just wore my going home outfit, and the baby’s going home outfit.

Inducing labor!

So I have a friend she’s way passed her due date and she went to get induced but instead they sent her home is there any way she can induce her labor at home? She’s tried everything and nothing is working..?

  • Tia
    Nov 30

    Tell her to stick with natural stuff. I worked with other preggies for about 2.5 years passing along techniques my midwives gave me because I regretted having intervention the second time. Walking (go window shopping), sex( I was not a fan), the dip and rock( I always had the best feedback from this one and it works post baby for any back discomfort too) and rocking while your legs are open, y... More

How far along did your second+ baby drop?

  • Tia
    Nov 30

    The 1st was 8.5 most. Literally, right at the end (overdue) then she flipped at the last minute....emergency c-section.

Nearly 37 weeks

I will be 37 weeks on Wednesday and at my last appointment (36 weeks) my OB told me that baby was head down and I was 1 cm dilated and 90% effaced. My doctor said I could go into labor any day now. I’m worried she is going to come too early so I’m spending all my time resting. Anyone else been told this?

  • Kaitlyn rosin
    Nov 19, 2018

    I delivered my first at 37 weeks and he turned out absolutely fine and healthy! So don’t stress she should be perfectly fine 😊

  • Amanda
    Nov 19, 2018

    I wouldn't take it to heart. Baby will show when they are ready or forcebly evicted. I was 3cm dilated at 38 weeks but even after pitocin and being over due I never made it past 5cm with my 1st. 37 weeks is far enough long to not stress about it.

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